Monday 23 October 2017

Home-based trio called up as U-21 woes mount

The Ireland U-21s have been forced to make a number of changes to the squad ahead of tomorrow's UEFA European Championship qualifier against Turkey.

Bohemians' Paddy Madden and Galway United pair Seamus Conneely and Karl Sheppard have been drafted into the squad to replace Alan Judge (groin), Gavin Gunning (groin), Anthony Stokes, Eddie Nolan (both suspended) and Shane O'Connor (hamstring).

Judge and Gunning both picked up injuries during Friday night's match against Switzerland in Lugano, which Ireland were unlucky to lose 1-0.

Stokes and Nolan both received yellow cards during the match, ruling them out of tomorrow's final UEFA European Championship qualifying match.

O'Connor, who himself was a late replacement for the injured Owen Garvan, picked up an knock in training on Thursday and could play no part in Friday's match.

Temporary U-21 manager Wim Koevermans was disappointed to lose against Switzerland, considering the number of goalscoring chances the Irish team created.

Koevermans felt his players should have wrapped up the match in the first period.

"It was a strange game. In the first half we played well and had some great chances, but it's not enough to create chances," he said.

"If we had scored two or three of them then it probably would have been game over."

Ireland U-21 (squad v Turkey) -- Stephen Henderson (Bristol City), Shane Redmond (Chesterfield), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Brendan Moloney (Nottingham Forest), Rob Kiernan (Yeovil), Lanre Oyebanjo (Histon), Richie Towell (Celtic), Conor Hourihane (Ipswich), Seamus Conneely (Galway United), Graham Carey (Huddersfield), Conor Clifford (Chelsea), Karl Sheppard (Galway United), Robbie Brady (Manchester United), Adam Rooney (Inverness CT) Paddy Madden (Bohemians), Joe Mason (Plymouth).

Irish Independent

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