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Ready to play for Ireland against mighty Juventus

FINTAN LAMBE

Published 04/12/2012 | 10:47

A YOUNG Gorey soccer goalie is looking forward to going up against the mighty Juventus when he plays with the Ireland U15 soccer squad in Qatar on Tuesday, December 18 next.

Corey Chambers (14), former Gorey Celtic player, is one of two Gorey players on the Ireland squad. Conor Levingston of Gorey Rangers will also travel to Qatar. The news that they are playing Juventus in one of their friendly matches makes the trip even more exciting for the squad.

Corey played with Gorey Celtic for the past six years. He kept busy during every Gorey Celtic match learning his trade as a keeper.

'Ever since he started, he has wanted nothing more than to make soccer his career,' said his father Noel. 'He hasn't played hurling, Gaelic football or rugby, all sports he would love to play, so he could dedicate his energy to soccer.'

Noel said that Corey is hugely grateful for the years he spent at Gorey Celtic and for the support he always received from his trainers there before signing for St Kevins Boys in Dublin in July this year.

His has been a busy career to date. Corey represented Wexford County at the Kennedy Cup in Limerick twice, firstly in 2011, a year earlier than normal, and again in 2012 where Wexford were runners up in the competition, their highest placing ever.

He trained with the FAI Regional squad, in Bunclody in 2010, two years earlier than normal, then in Arklow in 2011, a year earlier than normal, and now this year again at the Arklow Regional Centre, one of the centres from where they pick the national team.

He was selected by the FAI to represent Ireland, as the Number 1 keeper at the Hibernia Trophy in Dublin in August 2012. Of the 640 players who travel to the Kennedy Cup in June each year, only 18 are chosen by the FAI to play the Hibernia Trophy, so it is a major achievement to make this squad. While this is not an official cap for your country, it is the forerunner to making your debut at international schoolboy level.

Following his appearances at the Hibernia Trophy and subsequent further trials with the FAI, Corey was selected to the final 18 man squad to represent the republic of Ireland in Doha, Qatar from December 15 to 20 inclusive. This was what he had worked towards for years and this time he was joined by a classmate of his, Conor Levingston.

Over the last 18 months, since his appearance at the Kennedy Cup in 2011, there have been inquiries from 12 different clubs in England and Scotland about Corey. These include Arsenal, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City, Chelsea, Celtic, Fulham, Leicester City, Stoke City, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield Utd and West Bromwich Albion.

Corey went over for trials to England six times during this time.

'As parents, Erika and I are so incredibly proud of Corey's achievements at such a young age, and his dedication to his fitness and his sport,' said Noel.

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