Longford Town v Sligo Rovers postponed due to international call-ups

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division: Round 30

Longford Town FC

Dean Williams pictured in action for Longford Town against Bohemians in the league game at Bishopsgate on Saturday night last Photo: Syl Healy

Due to Republic of Ireland international call-ups, Longford Town will not be in action this weekend as the Airtricity League Premier Division clash against Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds on Saturday has been postponed. 

Town striker Dean Williams and midfielder Darragh Nugent (both on loan from Shamrock Rovers) were called up for the Republic of Ireland extended under 21 squad for the away match against Montenegro which takes place next Tuesday, kick-off 4.30pm.   

The Republic of Ireland U-21s are in European Championship action against Luxembourg at Tallaght Stadium this Friday (kick-off 5.15pm) and the manager Jim Crawford may have to make major changes in his squad for the second of the qualifiers against Montenegro due to the Covid situation.

With Montenegro on the UK and German red list, current Covid-19 travel restrictions could see Ireland travel to Podgorica with a home-based squad. Montenegro is currently not on Ireland’s red list. 

Under the current guidelines in Britain and Germany, any UK or German based Ireland Under-21 player would be forced to undergo a period in quarantine before returning to their clubs if they travel to Montenegro for the second game of this international window.

FIFA, the Premier League and the English Football League have appealed to the UK Government to relax these rules for professional footballers on international duty this month and the FAI is working closely with their colleagues at The FA on this developing story.

As the FAI awaits a possible ruling in the UK, Ireland Under-21 manager Crawford has named his extended squad for Montenegro with 13 home-based players called up for the first time.  

The Town have two players in the squad as have Sligo Rovers who have Niall Morohan and Johnny Kenny also called up.

Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad for Montenegro U-21 (pending UK/German Covid-19 travel restrictions)

Goalkeepers: Sam Blair (Bury Town, on loan from Norwich City), Brian Maher (Bray Wanderers), David Odumosu (Drogheda United)

Defenders: Joel Bagan (Cardiff City), Andy Lyons (Bohemians), Oisin McEntee (Greenock Morton, on loan from Newcastle United), Mark McGuinness (Cardiff City), Jake O’Brien (Crystal Palace), Lee O’Connor (Tranmere Rovers, on loan from Celtic), Ronan Boyce (Derry City), Kameron Ledwidge (Shelbourne) Josh Honohan (Cork City), Alex Murphy (Galway United), Niall O'Keeffe (Waterford), Andrew Quinn (Bray Wanderers, on loan from Dundalk), Evan Weir (UCD)

Midfielders: Conor Coventry (Peterborough United, on loan from West Ham United), Dawson Devoy (Bohemians), Alex Gilbert (Swindon Town, on loan from Brentford), Gavin Kilkenny (Bournemouth), Conor Noss (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ross Tierney (Bohemians), Louie Watson (Derby County), Evan McLaughlin (Derry City), Niall Morahan (Sligo Rovers), Darragh Nugent (Longford Town, on loan from Shamrock Rovers), Killian Phillips (Drogheda United)

Forwards: Evan Ferguson (Brighton and Hove Albion), Will Ferry (Crawley Town, on loan from Southampton), Joshua ‘JJ’ Kayode (Rotherham United), Liam Kerrigan (UCD), Andrew Moran (Brighton and Hove Albion), Ollie O’Neill (Fulham), Tyreik Wright (Salford City, on loan from Aston Villa), Colm Whelan (UCD), Johnny Kenny (Sligo Rovers), Brandon Kavanagh (Bray Wanderers, on loan from Shamrock Rovers), Cian Kavanagh (Waterford), Dean Williams (Longford Town, on loan from Shamrock Rovers)

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