John Sherlock Park, home of the Roscommon and District Football League, will host an amateur friendly between the Republic of Ireland Region 2 and Northern Ireland.
The game takes place on Wednesday next, September 14th, at 7pm and will serve as preparation for the UEFA Regions Cup Qualifying games in Italy between September 28th and October 2nd. The team are looking forward to the game in the excellent facilities at Lecarrow and they are hoping to get good local support in what will be their final game before departure to the UEFA Regions Cup.
Northern Ireland are only starting their preparations prior to their Qualifying Round in November and the game should provide a good work out for both teams.
This Saturday the team will play Bohemians in Abbotstown at 4pm and this will give Manager Gerry David the chance to see his players perform in a match situation. The squad has already had three training sessions in Jackman Park and the game will give the eighteen named players will be out to impress and start against hosts Italy on the 28th.
The squad was dealt a body blow when inspirational defender Paul Breen of St. Michaels had to withdraw from the squad due to work commitments.
The Republic of Ireland Region 2 Squad is made up of Connacht and Munster players. Dominic Bligh of Castlerea Celtic is the sole representative of the Roscommon and District Football League. The squad in full is as follows:
Mark Power (College Corths), Gary Neville, Pa Mullins (Pike Rovers), Ken Hoey (Rockmount FC), Danny O’ Neill, Stephen Bradley (Janesboro FC), Mark Horgan, Brian Murphy, Andrew Gannon, Mark Horgan, Hughie O’ Donovan (Avondale FC), Conor Griffin (Calry Bohs), Stephen Kelly, Eoin Hayes (Newmarket Celtic), David Hoban (Westport Utd), Jimmy Carr (St. Michaels FC),Shane Daly (UCC FC), Dominic Bligh (Castlerea Celtic).