Ronan Curtis named in Irish Under-21 squad for European qualifier

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Ronan celebrates scoring for Derry City U19s against Longford in 2014

Derry City forward Ronan Curtis has been called up to the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad for the UEFA U21 Championships Qualifying Round fixture with Kosovo on Saturday 25th March.

Ronan is a former Derry City Under-19 player and is currently a prominent member of Kenny Shiels’ first team panel at the Brandywell.

Curtis, signed for the Candy Stripes from Donegal outfit Swilly Rovers and made his Under-19 debut in a two nil win away to Letterkenny Rovers in September 2013, finishing his first season at the club with eight goals.

The 20-year-old has excelled in Derry’s player development programme and went on to score seventeen goals in the 2104 season, were the Under-19 side disappointingly finished runners-up in three competitions – the Northern Elite Division, Enda McGuill Cup and the National League Final.

The talented forward harbours hopes of securing a move across the water and a call up to the Republic of Ireland U21 squad can only help him to fulfil that ambition.

Curtis, from St. Johnston, and Finn Harps Ethan Boyle are the only two home-based players in Noel King’s panel.

Ronan Curtis playing for Swilly Rovers in the Ulster Senior League during the 2012 season

The Irish team will host the Kosovans at Tallaght Stadium on Saturday, 25 March, kick-off 13:00, in their opening game of the 2019 UEFA U21 Championships qualifiers.

Republic of Ireland Under 21 Squad

Goalkeepers: Kieran O’Hara (Manchester United), Liam Bossin (Anderlecht)

Defenders: Danny Kane (Huddersfield Town), Ryan Sweeney (Stoke City – on loan at Bristol Rovers), Shaun Donnellan (West Bromwich Albion), Corey Whelan (Liverpool), Connor O’Grady (Sheffield Wednesday)

Midfielders: Liam Kinsella (Walsall), Rory Hale (Aston Villa), Josh Cullen (West Ham United – on loan at Bradford), Harry Charsley (Everton), Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers), Ethan Boyle (Finn Harps), Connor Dimaio (Chesterfield), Olamide Shodipo (Queens Park Rangers – on loan to Port Vale)

Forwards: Ronan Curtis (Derry City), Grego Cox (Queens Park Rangers), Jake Mulraney (Inverness CT), Joe Quigley (Bournemouth – on loan at Gillingham)

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