Sunday 18 March 2018

Doolin hit by injury crisis

RECENTLY appointed Ireland U-18 and U-19 manager Paul Doolin has had to make five changes to his Airtricity League representative U-23 squad ahead of their International Challenge Trophy clash with Estonia tonight (9.0) in Tallinn, writes Neil Ahern.

Paul Skinner (Drogheda United), Paul Corry (UCD), Ross Gaynor (Dundalk), David McMillan (UCD) and Shane Duggan (Cork City Foras Co-op) have all been added to the 18-man squad in place of Stephen O'Donnell, Ronan Finn, Karl Sheppard, Jake Kelly and Darren Quigley, who all withdrew through injury.

Having been defeated by England in the first game, Ireland must now beat Estonia to retain any chance of qualifying for the semi-finals as best runners-up and young Dundalk star Daniel Kearns believes his side must not underestimate the Estonians.

"Estonia will be a decent side. Most of their team have come through the U-21 set-up so they are experienced," said the former West Ham United man, who was at the centre of a controversial Court of Arbitration for Sport decision in July when he opted to represent Ireland internationally rather than Northern Ireland.

"They also have the benefit of having played together before. I know Ross Gaynor and Garry Breen from Dundalk, but I'm meeting quite a few of the players for the first time. It will be a difficult game."

Republic of Ireland (U-23 squad v Estonia) -- P Skinner (Drogheda United), R Duggan (Drogheda United), S Conneely (Galway United), K Browne (Sporting Fingal), G Breen (Dundalk), E Stevens (Shamrock Rovers), C Powell (Bohemians), S Williams (Sporting Fingal), P Corry (UCD), G Cummins (Cork City Foras Co-op), G Bolger (UCD), R Gaynor (Dundalk), B Dennehy (Shamrock Rovers), G McCabe (Sligo Rovers), D McMillian (UCD), D Kearns (Dundalk), S Duggan (Cork City Foras Co-op), P Madden (Bohemians).

Irish Independent

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