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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Hoare happy to serve Saints cause

St Patrick's Athletic's Sean Hoare and Lee Desmond
St Patrick's Athletic's Sean Hoare and Lee Desmond

SEAN HOARE has no complaints about missing out on an international cap and a clash with some English Premier League stars so he could help out his club.

Hoare appeared for the Ireland U21s in a friendly against the England 'C' team in Galway last Monday, but while the bulk of Noel King's squad stayed on and travelled to England for another friendly, against the England U21 side proper today (3pm), Hoare and his St Patrick's Athletic team-mate Lee Desmond had left the camp and were back in Ireland, preparing to line out for the Saints away to Derry City in the league.

"It would have been nice to get another cap but even though this is a bit of a glamour game for the U21s today, playing against big names from the Premier League, our league game in Derry is important as well," says Hoare.

"With the talent they have in that England U21 squad I'd have liked to test myself against the likes of Harry Kane. We had a hard enough game against that England 'C' team, made up of Conference players on Monday, but this England U21 squad has some amazing talent.

COPE

"I think Pats might have been able to cope with one player missing but with the injuries we have in defence, Liam Buckley couldn't afford to play Derry without me and Lee Desmond as well, so here we are, getting ready to go to Derry.

"Obviously given our recent form, the FAI Cup and the Europa League are priorities for us now and the FAI Cup is our most realistic hope of a trophy this season.

"But we can't take our eye off the ball in the league, we have to stay in contention in the league to make sure we are in Europe again next season," added Hoare, who enjoyed his brief international experience this week, having broken into the U21 panel last year.

"I certainly didn't feel out of place, it can be a bit daunting at first but once you have self-belief, it doesn't matter what club is on your CV, you just play your game.

"I have enjoyed the last few weeks, it was hard at times with the way the league was going but the Cup win over Rovers last week was great, and hopefully we can build on that."

On the field the 2015 season has been a struggle for Limerick FC. Without a win in the league, they exited both cup competitions at the first hurdle and Martin Russell's side are seven points adrift at the bottom of the table

But there could be an upswing for the Blues from now on as they move out of the unloved Jackman Park and back to their spiritual home of the Markets Field, the first game since 1984 taking place there tonight against Drogheda United.

"I think it's a very big step forward for the club that it's able to get back into the Markets Field and hopefully it is something the club can build on and it is something to be proud of in terms of the playing surface," said boss Russell.

"At the moment, it is as good as there is in the country, so things like that are very positive and it is a step in the right direction."

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