a busy run in for yelverton

08 May 2017

Head Coach Greg Yelverton continues his build up to the World University Games when the Irish Colleges and Universities take on a Republic of Ireland UEFA Regions Cup selection in a friendly fixture at Jackman Park, Limerick on Tuesday May 9 kick off 7.30.

This game provides Yelverton with an ideal opportunity to assess a fresh group of players before he finalises his squad ahead of a friendly international against the French Universities in Epinal next month and the World Games in Taipei, Taiwan from August 19-30.

The Irish got their international programme off to an impressive start with a comprehensive 6-1 victory over the Scottish Universities, the recently crowned British Universities Home Nations Champions, in Edinburgh last month.

However for the game in Limerick the Irish Head Coach has decided to select a mainly new group of players with only Gavin Kearney, John McKeown, Conor Barry and Jason Lyons from the Edinburgh squad included.

"I want to give ever opportunity to players who might still come into the reckoning for Epinal and Taipei a chance to impress. So I have named a more or less fresh squad for this game against the Regions Cup selection as I need to look at several newcomers prior to the game in France on Wednesday June 7 and ahead of submitting an initial 30 man squad for the World University Games" explained Yelverton.

"It is also important to see if the newcomers can fit into the style of play of the side plus there is the added incentive for these players to a nail down a place in that final squad for Taipei. The game in Limerick gives me this opportunity and I have to thank Gerry Davis and the FAI Junior Council for inviting us to provide the opposition" added Yelverton.

While this coming Thursday is another important date for both Yelverton and Ireland Women's Head Coach Colin Bell when the draw for the men's and women's group stages in the World University Games will take be held in the host city of Taipei.

Ireland will be represented at draw by Maz Sweeney who is a member of the World Games football organising committee.

Meanwhile for Regions Cup Head Coach Gerry Davis this fixture against the Colleges and Universities is part of a busy run in to the UEFA Finals in Istanbul which begin on July 1.

The Irish travel to Turkey as holders having won the cup in Dublin two years ago and they have been grouped with Spain, Czech Republic and Russia with the winner going into the final.

The other group consists of Croatia, Ukraine, Portugal and the host nation.

"We want to give everyone a chance for Istanbul so this game against the Colleges and Universities is important. After that we have a training camp in the University of Limerick and then we'll pick a 22 or 24 man squad for the finals in Istanbul" explained Davis.

"We've also arranged to play a Jersey selection twice over the June Bank Holiday weekend in Limerick and Cork and then we head off to Turkey on June 27. There is still a lot of work to do yet before our opening game on July 1" said Davis.

Irish Colleges and Universities:
Goalkeepers:
Ian Molloy (IT Blanchardstown), Sean Barron (Cork IT).
Defenders: Dan Tobin (UCD), Shane Costelloe (Mary Immaculate College), Gary Kinneen (NUI Galway), Jack Lynch (University of Limerick), David Brookes (Athlone IT), Gavin Kearney, Ross Taheny (both DCU).
Midfielders: John McKeown (Maynooth University), Conor Barry, Conor Melody (both NUI Galway), Jamie Hollywood (IT Blanchardstown), Jack Watson (DCU) Sean McSweeney (University of Limerick),
Forwards: Jason Lyons (Athlone IT), Daniel Pender (UCC) Ross Mann (Limerick IT).

Republic of Ireland - UEFA Regions Cup
Gary Neville, Eoin Hanrahan, Shane Walsh (all Pike Rovers), Kevin O'Connell (Mayfield), David Joyce (Clonmel), Padraig O'Connor, Chris Smith (both Abbeyfeale Utd), Stephen Bradley, Danny O'Neill (both Jansboro), Michael Corrigan, Niall Brennan (both Boyle Celtic), Aaron Savage (Nenagh AFC), Jamie Spillane (Killarney Celtic), Dale O'Mahony (Carrick Utd), Conor Griffin (Calary Bohemians), Michael Brennan (Broadford), John O'Brien, David Slattery (both St Michael's),Daniel Duggan (Rockmount).

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