Saturday 20 January 2018

Paddy's Day opener up north for Boys in Green

soccer: Centenary Shield

IRELAND'S Under-18 boys' schools international side begin their quest for a sixth Centenary Shield title with a St Patrick's Day trip to Northern Ireland.

Ballinmallard United FC will host Tuesday's clash (5.00) as debut-season boss Paddy O'Reilly gets his new project underway.

The visitors will be looking to combine a good start to this year's campaign with a dose of revenge after last year's last-gasp 2-1 defeat to their hosts in Sligo.

Ireland last won the five-team tournament back in 2011 with an incredible final-day win in England.

The 2008 success was also captured on English soil as the schoolboys in green ended a three-year wait to reclaim the trophy they won in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Wales come to Ferrycarrig Park in Wexford on March 26, before England visit Sligo's Showgrounds on April 17th and the campaign closes against Scotland in Edinburgh.

Meanwhile, former Patrician College (now New Cross College) student and Shamrock Rovers star Cian Kavanagh is one of three nominations for the Schools International Player of the Year award to be announced on Sunday March 22.

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