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Trio given chance by Doolin for ties in Cork


PAUL DOOLIN will debut three new players in tonight's U19 friendly against Romania at Turner's Cross (7.00pm).

Shamrock Rovers' Seán Heaney, Dylan Kavanagh (UCD) and Bournemouth's Josh O'Hanlon have been named in the starting XI for the game, with Doolin assuring his squad that everyone will get 90 minutes of action over the course of the two games this week.

Ireland play Romania in a second friendly in Blarney on Thursday (12.00).

"Some will play the full 90 and others will have their time split over the two games," said Doolin.

"For those lads who were in Sweden last October, it's about getting used to each other again, while, for the new faces, it's a chance to impress ahead of the Elite Phase of the UEFA U19 Championships in May."

It is the coach's first time back in Cork since he managed the Airtricity League side for the 2009 season and he's expecting strong support for both games from the Cork crowd.

"It is great to play these games in Cork because underage internationals are very well supported on Leeside," said Doolin.

"I know Turner's Cross and it is a great pitch and, when I was with Cork City, we also trained in Blarney on a couple of occasions and it's a very good surface too. I'm looking forward to two very tough games this week."

Doolin's side topped their group in the first phase of the UEFA U19 Championships in Sweden last October, when they secured victories over Bosnia & Herzegovina, Azerbaijan and host nation Sweden.

They will now enjoy home advantage when they play against defending champions Serbia, Turkey and Iceland in the Elite Phase next May in Tallaght.