Friday 23 March 2018

Seagulls pair fly into Ireland team

There has been a welcome disruption to pre-season training for two Bray Wanderers starlets.

Striker Ismahil Akinade and defender Kevin Knight were both included in Noel King's Republic of Ireland U-21 squad for Saturday's practice match against Leinster & Munster.

Akinade joined the Seagulls after leaving St. Patrick's Athletic during 2012, while Knight began plying his trade at the Carlisle Grounds after parting ways with Leicester City. The U-21 squad, which also features Bray natives Hughie Douglas of UCD and Chris Lyons of Bohemians, as well as former Seagull Conor Murphy, take on a combined Leinster & Munster amateur squad on Saturday. The match will kick off at 1.30pm and will take place at the AUL Complex in Clonshaugh.

With a number of former League of Ireland stars now wowing the crowds over the water, king felt it was a perfect opportunity to give the current crop their chance to shine.

'The Leinster and Munster side are obviously preparing for their tournament and are a very strong team so this will be an excellent opportunity for our players to show our management team what they can do,' said King.

'We have played games like this in the past to good effect and quite a few players have come through those games and furthered their careers including Enda Stevens, Karl Sheppard, Paddy Madden and Paul Corry.

'If we can produce as many players for the U-21 squad from this group I will be extremely pleased. There is no better way to judge players than when you are working with them directly.

'The opportunities are always there for the Airtricity League players to push their way into the U-21 squad and I'm looking forward to this game.'

Wicklow People