yelverton intensifies assessment process with galway test

05 February 2017

Head Coach Greg Yelverton gets another opportunity to assess the strength of a further selection of Irish Colleges and Universities players when they take on SSE Airtricity Premier Division side Galway United at the AUL Complex Dublin to-morrow (Monday) at 3.0.


The game is welcomed by the Cork native as he continues his build up for the upcoming series of fixtures which includes international games against the Welsh, Scottish and French Universities plus a further fixture with the Irish Defence Forces.

Yelverton and his backroom team have held several player assessment sessions at various venues during the past couple of months but the opportunity to take on top flight opposition is a ideal one.

"The game will be an excellent test as we continue to assess the talent available to us this term. Unfortunately several players were not available to be considered for this game due to commitments with their League of Ireland clubs this week.That can't be helped but I have no doubt that competition for places in the squad for the international games ahead is going to be high" said Yelverton.

The newly formed Irish side got off to an impressive start last season with clear cut victories over the Scottish and Welsh Universities before narrowly going down to a strong French side.

"The Colleges and Universities season will reach it's climax during the next month with all the League and Cups to be decided so that gives myself and the staff the ideal opportunity to continue to assess players" added Yelverton.

The Irish coach in his second season in charge of the Colleges and Universities International side also received a major boost last week with the confirmation from Student Sport Ireland of his appointment to take charge of the Ireland Men's Football Team at the World University Games hosted by the city of Taipei, Taiwan from August 19-30.

IRISH COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES squad (v Galway United): Matthew Connor (Waterford IT), Seamus Houghton, Ger O'Boyle, Gareth McDonagh, Eoghan Dempsey, Dean Broaders (all IT Carlow), Gavin Kearney, Ross Taheny, Alan O'Sullivan (all DCU), Sean O'Mahony, Sean McLoughlin, Shane Daly Butz, Ben McAuliffe (all UCC), Fuad Sule, John McKeown (both Maynooth University), Ross Welch, Matthew Whelan (both Colaiste Stiofain Naofa), Jamie Hollywood (IT Blanchardstown), Shane Costello (Mary Immaculate College), Sean McSweeney (University of Limerick).

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