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King's call for Hoare after FAI Cup exploits

Maynooth University graduate Sean Hoare was happy to celebrate a notable footballing cup double and then receive a King's summons.

The St Patrick's Athletic defender has been part of two historic cup wins and he followed this up by getting his first Ireland Under 21 call up.

Manager Noel King has included Hoare in the squad for friendlies against USA and Russia in Spain later this month.

Hoare was named player of the tournament when captaining NUI Maynooth to their history first ever Irish Universities Collingwood Cup victory last February and then completed the unique cup double as St Pat's finally end their infamous FAI Cup jinx against Derry City at the Aviva.

During his time at Maynooth the Castleknock youngster has benefitted from the soccer scholarship programme that the Co Kildare university have set up with the Inchicore club and he became the first ever Maynooth skipper to receive the Collingwood Cup in its centenary year after his side had clinched a 2-0 win over NUI Galway at Belfield last February.

The defender has also managed to claim a Harding Cup medal in his first year at in college leading to his side to victory over UCD at the Mardyke in 2012.

Hoare then went on to nail down a regular spot in the St Pat's line up and was one of their outstanding performers in the cup final win over Derry City.

St Pat's can also boast another Collingwood Cup winner in their ranks as Conan Byrne picked up a winners medal in the 2007 final when UCD defeated the University of Ulster Coleraine at DCU.

Meanwhile another current Maynooth soccer scholarship student has also got the call to international duty.

The talented St Partick's Athletic midfielder Jamie McGrath has been named in Paul Doolin's Under 19 squad for this weeks' UEFA Under 19 qualifiers in Waterford and Wexford. McGrath has been impressing on the Maynooth University Premier League side that have made the knock out stages of this seasons' competition.

WORLD GAMES POSITIONS

Several key positions on the backroom staff of both the Ireland sides set to complete in the World University Games are expected to be filled with in the coming weeks.

The World Games will be held in Gwangju, South Korea next July and applications from s qualified individuals are now been invited for several roles with both the Mens and Women's teams.

Danny Crowley and Sue Ronan have already been appointed to manage the Ireland Mens and Womens sides in Gwangju, retaining the posts they held at the previous World Games in Kazan, Russia last year.

An Assistant Coach, Goalkeeping Coach/Video Analyst and Equipment Officer are been sought to work with the respective managers. www.studentsport.ie. The closing date for applications is noon on Friday November 21 2014.

JOHN HUDSON


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