Ronan McKinley & Seamas Keogh named in ROI’s U17 squad for Euros

Photo Stephen Doherty

Newtowncunningham's Ronan McKinley, who plays for Derry City, and former Colaiste  Cholmcille, Ballyshannon student Seamas Keogh, who plays for Southampton, have been selected on the Republic of Ireland's U17s squad for the European Championships, which get underway this weekend in Tallaght Stadium.

Tickets are selling well but Head Coach Colin O'Brien has encouraged the public to come in support of his team when they played in their games - to support the players and make the most of this prestigious tournament being hosted here.

"I can't stress it enough to the public, this really is the biggest competition that they can play in. It's the best of the best in Europe coming to Ireland - there is going to be some serious quality on the doorstep and we have some quality in our team as well," said O'Brien.

"Even for our own development, to play in front of an Irish crowd, getting behind the team, we know how well our supporters get behind our teams, and we really need that. We will need that 12th man, because tournament football is demanding, you have three games in seven days.

"Every bit of support we can get, whether it is in Tallaght or coming down to the RSC, come out and support us."

Republic of Ireland Under-17 Squad
Goalkeepers: Gavin Bazunu (Manchester City), Jimmy Corcoran (Preston North End), Harry Halwax (Derby County)
Defenders: Sean McEvoy (Ballinmallard United), Anselmo Garcia McNulty (Real Betis), Luke Turner (Aberdeen), Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich City), Timi Sobowale (Manchester City), James Furlong (Shamrock Rovers)
Midfielders: Charlie McCann (Manchester United), Joe Hodge (Manchester City), Brandon Holt (St Patrick's Athletic), Seamas Keogh (Southampton), Ronan McKinley (Derry City), Sean Kennedy (Sunderland), Festy Ebsoele (Derby County)
Forwards: Matt Everitt (Brighton & Hove Albion), Conor Carty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Joshua Giurgi (Norwich City)

Fixtures - Group A
Friday, May 3: Republic of Ireland v Greece, Tallaght Stadium, KO 19:00
Monday, May 6: Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic, RSC Waterford, KO 19:00
Thursday, May 9: Republic of Ireland v Belgium, Tallaght Stadium, KO 19:00