HAYES ON FIRE
Bray soccer star plays for Ireland
Published 14/11/2012 | 11:14
DYLAN HAYES' fledging career continues to go from strength to strength, with the youngster featuring for the Republic of Ireland U-18 side this week.
The Bray youngster has been a mainstay in underage Irish squads throughout his career but the Derby County starlet is enjoying a first taste of U-18 international football in Switzerland currently.
Hayes was named in Paul Doolin's 20-man squad on Tuesday, November 6, for the doubleheader in the southern Swiss town of Monthey.
The former Glencormac United prodigy has missed much of the season with an ankle injury but he has returned to action at Pride Park recently and would have hoped to have been involved yesterday (Tuesday, November 13) and again tomorrow (Thursday, November 15), when the two nations do battle once again.
Not only will these outings serve as an introduction to football at this level for these youngsters, it also represents an opportunity for them to impress Doolin and perhaps force their way into his U-19 squad for their UEFA U-19 Championships elite qualifying round in May.
Speaking at the revealing of the squad, Doolin said: 'It's an opportunity to see this age group after they made the transition from last year's Under-17 campaign.
'Next year they will be looking to be in the Under-19s squad and I think it's important to play games like this because if you work them at Under-18 level it gives you a chance to have a look and give them the ideas for what you want in competitive games.
'With the elite phase in May perhaps one or two may come into consideration for those games. It's also important for them to keep playing international football.
'We have a couple of new players in too that our scouting system indentified in the UK including Lynden Gooch is an American-born player at Sunderland with Irish family background, Mason Watkins-Clarke is a similar player that our scouts have recommended. I'm also pleased that we have some home-based players involved too.
'Switzerland are decent and have a good record at underage level so it'll be a good test. These games are not about the result but more towards getting them set for next year'.