The Republic of Ireland under 19s, who have qualified for the elite stages of the UEFA championships in Serbia next June, play another of the top European teams the Czech Republic at Flancare Park on Tuesday next 5th February KO 7.30.
The Irish manager Paul Doolin has named a 20 man squad for the game and the only absentee is Noa Baba from Castlebar who unfortunately got injured recently at his new club Fulham and he could be out for the rest of the season.
There is no doubt that Paul Doolin will be hoping that he recovers in time for the trip to Serbia as the young lad has played for both the under 17s and under 19s in the qualifying rounds.
The Republic squad is as follows Ian Lawlor (Man City) Danny Rogers (Aberdeen) Kyle McFadden (Norwich City) Thomas Hoban (Watford) Pierce Sweeney (Reading) Ryan McConnell (Man Utd) Shane Griffin (Reading) Bradley Garmston (West Brom) Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) Luke Gallagher (Burnley) Kenneth McEvoy (Spurs) Kieran Sadlier (West Ham) Michael Drennan (Aston Villa) Sam Byrne (Man Utd) Brandon Miele (Newcastle) Ryan Coombes (St Pats Athletic) Sean Maguire (West Ham Utd) Kealan Dillon (Hull City) Adam Evans (Burnley) and Paul George (Glasgow Celtic).
Keeper Ian Lawlor is a player for the future as is Thomas Hoban who has played many games for Watford this season in the championship.
Pierce Sweeney who now plays with Reading joined the club last year from Bray Wanderers while left back Bradley Garmston is expected to be one of the future stars of the future at West Brom.
Winger Kenneth McEvoy missed the qualifiers in Luxembourg due to injury and he is another player who should make the big move up to the seniors soon.
Another player returning to the squad after injury is Paul George who is from Belfast but has declared for the Republic is another exciting prospect who has been on the bench on a few occasions for Celtic.
Sean Maguire will be no stranger to Flancare Park as he played there on a few occasions for Waterford Utd last season. He has now moved to the professional game with West Ham and all supporters here wish him all the best in his new club. Kilkenny native Michael Drennan is a fabulous striker and by all accounts a very accomplished hurler.
It is rumoured that Kilkenny manager Brian Cody was trying to entice him back to hurling where he would have been the next big star. Drennan is a striker that chases everything and he will be a defender's nightmare in the elite stages.
Paul Doolin has assembled a marvelous squad of players for Tuesday's game and we hope that the people of Longford and surrounding counties will come out and give the lads a big support on the return of international football to Flancare Park. The game is timed for a 7.30 kick off and we urge supporters to come early as a very large crowd is expected for this attractive game.