Monday 18 February 2019

FAI amateur squad for the UEFA regions finals

1. BRENDAN O’CONNELL: Vying with Walsh for the number one jersey, O’Connell has been ever reliable when given the nod.

2. CONOR DILLON: Can alternate between full-back and centre-half with equal comfort. Captained St. Kevin’s Boys to the Leinster Junior Cup final this season.

3. KEN HOEY: Fiery full-back from Rockmount is a wily campaigner in the red-hot heat of finals and his experience will be vital over the course of the campaign.

4. ROSS CARRIG: Now one of the ‘older’ heads of the squad, the FAI Junior Player of the Year is a versatile and classy defender.

5. JAMES WALSH: Skipper of the squad and record cap holder, Chalky is a steely defender who chips in with vital goals from set pieces.

6. CHRIS BARBER: A ball playing midfielder with the ability to turn defence into attack with one swing of his boot.

7. RAY WHELEHAN: The player that stokes the midfield engine room. Boundless energy, great engine and nets key goals in the key games.

8. DANIEL LOUGHRAN: A snap at the ankles midfielder, Loughran never lets up, brilliant with the dead ball and has an eye for that killer pass.

9. DAVID LACEY: Ireland’s talisman. Lacey’s quick feet and confidence in front of goal will have a huge bearing on the campaign. Scored Ireland’s opener against Northern Ireland on Saturday.

10. DAVID O’SULLIVAN: The Wicklow Rovers man was parachuted into the final 20 at the 11th hour after a remarkable season with his club. UEFA Regions Cup debut for the powerful striker.

11. LAURENCE DUNNE: The heartbeat of Bangor Celtic’s midfield, Dunne is a high energy, high quality and laced with composure type of player.

12. LEIGHTON GLEESON: Another facing into his UEFA Regions Cup debut, Gleeson will offer the squad further options in the middle of the park.

13. BARRY KAVANAGH: The Ballymun striker, like Lacey, has the knack of getting into the striking positions that hurt teams 14. PAUL BREEN. Like St. Michael’s teammate, Walsh, Breen is a teak tough, no nonsense defender.

15. GLEN KEDDY: Bluebell’s midfield general has worked his way into the squad over the past couple of seasons thanks to some strong performances for the Red Cow club.

16. ADRIAN WALSH: Squad regular for the past few seasons who has performed consistently to a high standard when called upon.

17. ADAM FOLEY: Another Regions Cup newbie, Foley impressed during Glebe North’s Cahill Cup winning season and netted against Northern Ireland on Saturday.

18. NEIL O’BRIEN: Skilful Belgrove midfielder who offers options on either wing or in a central role.

19. CHRIS HIGGINS: Part of the St. Michael’s defence that made this season’s FAI Junior Cup final, Higgins makes the Regions Cup panel for the first time.

20. PAUL McCABE: The Crumlin man adds that needed bit of silk to the steely defence, brimming with experience and quality.

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