KILMALLOCK’S Barry Sheedy carries the local hopes when the Republic of Ireland play Northern Ireland this Friday in the Centenary Shield in the Pike Rovers Sports Ground at 3pm.
A student in Colaiste Iosaef in Kilmallock, the teenager is currently playing with Limerick FC.
Sheedy is currently part of Pat Scully’s Limerick FC senior squad but hasn’t started any of the opening two Airtricity League games this season.
He has starred for the Limerick FC side in the Dr Tony O’Neill U-19 Championship.
Also selected in the Irish squad for Friday international in the Pike Rovers Sports Ground is Anthony O’Donnell.
A student in Cork’s Carrigaline Community School, O’Donnell is also a member of the Limerick FC U-19 side.
Both follow in the footsteps of recent schoolboy internationals like Jason Hughes and Eoin Hanrahan.
The Irish schools’ team completed their preparations for the Centenary Shield campaign with a friendly against Salthill Devon U-19’s last week.
The Republic also played a friendly against the Australian Schools at the end of January. The Irish lost 2-3 following a 2-1 lead at half time.
This will be Ireland’s second game of their current campaign having suffered a 4-0 defeat away to Scotland in the opening game of the year.
Horgan’s outfit have suffered defeat to the Northerners twice in the last three years having drawn 2-2 away to their border rivals three year’s previously.