McKinley joins up with Republic of Ireland Victory Shield Squad

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.

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McKinley features for Ireland Under-16s

Derry City’s Ronan McKinley, number 6 front row

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.

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McKINLEY TRAVELS TO ROMANIA WITH IRELAND UNDER-16s

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)