Former Killarney Athletic players Moloney and O'carroll enjoy winning ways at the weekend
Tom O'shea, FAI Regional Manager for South, with all the latest soccer news
BRENDAN Moloney and Diarmuid O'Carroll were early exports abroad having played Kennedy Cup for Kerry and spent a couple of seasons in Dublin.
Diarmuid went to Glasgow Celtic and after spells with several clubs he is now in his second season with IFA side Cliftonville FC. His career highlight to date certainly came along on Saturday night when he scored the opening goal in his side's 4-0 League Cup final win over arch rivals Crusaders.
Diarmuid dedicated the Irn Bru League Cup Final defeat of Crusaders to the supporters who turned out in their numbers to roar the team to victory at a rainsoaked Windsor Park in a match televised live on Sky Sports.
"It's a great night for everyone connected with the club. We played well as a team throughout and deserved to win for the marvellous supporters who turned out in their thousands. We're delighted to have done it for them. We knew it was always going to be a tough match but we have confidence in our own ability and believed that we could go out, play our natural game and get ourselves a result. It was a fantastic team performance and we're all so pleased to have won the trophy," he said.
Also on Saturday Brendan Moloney made his debut at right back for Championship side Bristol City, Brendan joined Nottingham Forest back in 2006 and made 41 appearances for the first team and also played on loan with several other clubs.
His debut could not have gone any better at the weekend as Bristol came from a goal down to beat Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town 2-1 in a crucial league clash with both teams in relegation trouble.
Greg Cunningham was on the opposite flank from Brendan and Cunningham has been called up to the Ireland squad for the match against Poland on February 6.
Bristol City Manager Sean O'Driscoll - who won three caps with Ireland in his playing career - is a former manager of Forest so knows Brendan well.
Congratulations to both players and to their former club Killarney Athletic.
Ireland versus Poland
Manager Giovanni Trapattoni' squad for the friendly with Poland on February 6th is certainly one that is geared for the future and it is great to see the Manager introducing new blood into the squad.
In relation to his squad choices, Trapattoni said: "I have decided to use this friendly game as an opportunity to work with younger players to see their potential.
"As a result, I have given senior players like Robbie Keane and Stephen Kelly a break for this fixture. We saw a number of strong performances from our younger players in the second half of last year and we intend to build from those strong foundations, using this friendly match to introduce more new talent like Pilkington, Hendrick, Sammon and (Richard) Keogh. I look forward to working with these players, and seeing what they have to offer."
Veteran defender Richard Dunne has been placed on the stand-by list for this game. His progress will be monitored over the coming fortnight before a decision will be made on his inclusion in the squad.
Tickets for the game are now on sale from www.ticketmaster.ie starting at just €10 for children and €20 for adults. Family tickets are also available from €50. See www.fai.ie for details.