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 before they play their final fixture against Scotland on Friday 25th at 1pm. All three games take place at the Bangor Fuels Arena.
The Deele College student played in recent friendlies against Romania and Brazil in preparation for next week’s tournament.
We would like to wish Ronan all the best as he continues to gain valuable experience with the Republic of Ireland international setup.
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) November 4, 2016
Northern Ireland will face Switzerland, Belgium and hosts Malta between 26th Oct and 1st Nov as they bid to secure a place in the 2018 finals which will be held in England.
Caolan is in his first year at Derry and his selection is just reward after some impressive performances this season which has resulted in the attacking midfielder scoring 11 goals.
Manager Stephen Frail has chosen his 20 man squad with players from a mix of clubs including Ethan Galbraith who recently signed for Manchester United.
Full Squad –
Goalkeepers: Scott Pengelly (Linfield) Liam Hughes (Dungannon Swifts)
Defenders: Sam McClelland (Coleraine) Michael Glynn (Ballinamallard) Barney McKeown (Everton) Dean Corrigan (Ballinamallard) Ethan Warnock (Everton) Daniel Lafferty (Coventry)
Midfielders: Jack Scott (Linfield) Connor Farrelly (Celtic) Ben Wylie (Linfield) Ethan Galbraith (Man Utd) Andrew Whiteside (Coleraine) Christopher Conn (Glentoran)
Forwards: Callum Ferris (Portadown) Ben Wilson (Coleraine) Brandon Bermingham (St. Patrick’s) George Curran (Linfield) Chris McKee (Linfield) Caolan McLaughlin (Derry City)
Ronan McKinley from Newtoncunningham featured for the Republic of Ireland Under-16s in two friendly games against Romania at the National Training Centre in Buftea during the week.
The team, managed by Paul Osam, lost 3-1 in the opening encounter on Tuesday and narrowly went down 2-1 to the hosts two days later.
McKinley is a prominent member of the Derry City Under-15 development squad having only recently joined the Candy Stripes in July.
Ronan played most of the opening fixture in a central midfield role before being replaced in the 75th minute. On Thursday the Irish lads were in front at the break but Romania fought back to secure a 2-1 win, with the Deele College student completing the full 90 minutes in a wide midfield berth.
The City youngster will also be part of the Irish U16 squad to face Brazil U15s at the AUL complex next Wednesday.
Derry City’s Ronan McKinley travels to Romania with the Republic of Ireland U16s on the 17th of September where they will play two friendly fixtures.
Ronan has only recently joined the Candy Stripes and scored twice on his under 15 competitive debut two weeks ago against Longford Town.
McKinley from Newtoncunningham, was on target for the Republic of Ireland under 15s when they defeated Norway 4-1 at an invitational tournament in Prague earlier this year.
All the best to Ronan.
Republic of Ireland U16 Squad:
Goalkeepers: Gavin Bazuna (Shamrock Rovers), Jimmy Corcoran (Cherry Orchard)
Defenders: Alex Dunne (Shamrock Rovers), Cian Kelly (Bray Wanderers), Timmy Sobowale (Villa FC), Conor Power (St Patrick’s Athletic), Tega Agberhiere (Waterford), James Furlong (Bray Wanderers)
Midfielders: Brandon Holt (St Patrick’s Athletic), Joe Hodge (Manchester City), Ronan McKinley (Derry City), Seamus Keogh (Sligo Rovers), Matt Healy (College Corinthians), Kian Leavy (St Patrick’s Athletic)
Forwards: Festy Obsele (Bray Wanderers), Conor Carty (St Francis), Matt Everitt (Brighton & Hove Albion), Patrick Moore (St Kevin’s Boys)
Derry City U19s Adrian Delap, receiving his International Cap, having represented FAI Schools in the 2016 Centenary Shield competition. (Picture credit FAI Schools)
Northern Ireland Under 18 schoolboys concluded their short tour of the Channel Islands on Thursday evening with a comprehensive 8-2 win against Jersey U18s.
Derry City’s Ronan Wilson and Sean Toland enjoyed a productive evening with Sean scoring in the second half and Ronan picking up the man of the match award.
Other scorers on the night where Nathaniel Ferris (3), David Parkhouse (3) and one from Matt Henry.
Well done to both lads and we wish them the best of luck in the 2016 Centenary Shield competition.
Northern Ireland U18 v – Kane, Wilson, Marron, Hamill, McCracken, Nimmick, Anderson, McGaw, Parkhouse, Young, Jallow
Derry City U19 duo Sean Toland and Ronan Wilson were named in the starting line-up for Northern Ireland Schoolboys in tonight’s friendly against Guernsey U21’s.
Goals from Nathaniel Ferris, David Parkhouse x2 and Lloyd Anderson secured a 4-1 win for joint managers Frankie Wilson and Conor Marlin.
Northern Ireland schoolboys are playing two friendlies against Guernsey and Jersey this week in preparation for their 2016 Centenary Shield campaign which kicks off on Friday 26th February away to Scotland.
The game against Jersey will take place this Thursday, 4th February.
Northern Ireland Schools U18: Ferguson, Wilson, Connery, Marrion, Neale, Nimick, Cafolla, Henry, Toland, Ferris, Young.
Derry City Under 19s Conor McDermott in action for Northern Ireland schoolboys in their 6-1 win against Guernsey FA U21s on Monday night.
Northern Ireland schoolboys are playing two friendlies against Guernsey and Jersey this week in preparation for the 2015 Centenary Shield which kicks off in March.
On Wednesday night they defeated Jersey by one goal to nil.
Pictures from Andy Dovey Photography