International call-up for Bobby

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Derry City’s Bobby Deane has been called up to the Northern Ireland U16 Schoolboys squad for a double header against Finland next week.

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Bobby Deane on the mark for Northern Ireland U16s

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Congratulations to Derry City defender Bobby Deane, who represented Northern Ireland U16s against Estonia in two challenge games during the week.

After registering a comfortable 2-0 win in game

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Bobby Deane included in Northern Ireland U16 schoolboys squad

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Derry City centre-back Bobby Deane has been included in the Northern Ireland U16 panel who are set to face Estonia’s U16s twice in challenge matches this week.

The games will kick-start preparations for the Victory Shield in November when the Northern Ireland U16 Schoolboys will be looking to retain the trophy. Read the rest of this entry »

Substitute appearance for Ronan McKinley as Ireland draw with Greece

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Ronan McKinley played the final ten minutes as the Republic of Ireland Uner-17s opened the 2019 UEFA European Under-17 Tournament with a 1-1 draw against Greece.

Ireland took the lead on 58 minutes when Matt Everitt fired home from close range following a James Furlong corner kick. Read the rest of this entry »

Orrin McLaughlin features for the Northern Ireland development squad

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Orrin McLaughlin was named Man of the Match against Bulgaria.

Derry City’s talented midfielder Orrin McLaughlin featured for the Northern Ireland development squad in the four-team UEFA Under-16 International Tournament which was held in Bulgaria during the week.

McLaughlin was named in the starting eleven for all three fixtures against Luxembourg, Wales and Bulgaria which where played at the Hadzhi Dimitar Stadium in Sliven. Read the rest of this entry »

Ronan McKinley included in Ireland U17 squad

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Derry City’s Ronan McKinley has received another call-up to the Republic of Ireland Under-17 squad.

Ireland manager Colin O’Brien has included the City midfielder in his 19-man squad for two friendlies against Finland at the weekend.

The fixtures will act as the Republic of Ireland Under-17s final warm-up games ahead of the UEFA European Under-17 Championships in May, which will be held in Ireland.

McKinley, 16, is currently a member of the Derry City Under-17 panel.

Under-17 Head Coach Colin O’Brien is looking forward to getting the players into camp for what will be the final time before tournament preparations begin next month.

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McKinley features for Ireland Under-17s

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Derry City’s Ronan McKinley featured for the Republic of Ireland Under-17s during their international friendly double-header in Spain during the week.

The highly-rated attacking midfielder was named in the starting eleven as Ireland secured an impressive 1-0 win over Poland on Tuesday and the Newtoncunningham man appeared as a second half substitute as Ireland went down 2-1 to Belgium on Friday.

Ireland manager, Colin O’Brien, has used the trip to Marbella as preparation for this May’s UEFA Under-17 European Championship which will be held in Ireland.

McKinley, who has turned out for the City first team in pre-season games against Finn Harps and Ballinamallard, will hope he has done enough to impress the Ireland manager and force his way into the Finals squad.

Speaking after the game against Poland, Head Coach Colin O’Brien was happy to get the win.

“Overall, it was a good performance. We were really good defensively. There was a lot of good things today, but there’s plenty to work on.”

Republic of Ireland v Poland:
Gavin Bazunu (Manchester City)
James Furlong (Shamrock Rovers)
Anselmo Garcia MacNulty (Real Betis)
Timi Sobowale (Manchester City) (Andrew Omobamidele 61)
Sean McEvoy (Ballinamallard United)
Seamas Keogh (Southampton) (capt)
Joe Hodge (Manchester City)
Ronan McKinley (Derry City) (Roland Idowu 61)
Joshua Giurgi (Norwich City),
Sean Kennedy (Sunderland) (Brandon Holt 55)
Conor Carty (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

McKinley joins up with Republic of Ireland Victory Shield Squad

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Good luck to Derry City’s Ronan McKinley who joins up with the Republic of Ireland Under-16 squad today for the 72nd Victory Shield tournament which takes place in Northern Ireland next week.

Ronan takes his place in the Irish squad alongside players from Arsenal, Manchester United and a number of other League of Ireland clubs.

The Republic of Ireland come into the tournament looking to defend the title they won last year in Scotland.

Paul Osam’s squad open the tournament on Monday, October 23rd with a game against the hosts Northern Ireland. On Wednesday 25th they face Wales at 11am Read the rest of this entry »