Limerick player named in Republic of Ireland U-16 soccer squad

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A Limerick FC player has been included in the Republic of Ireland U-16 squad

AN exciting Limerick FC teenager has been included in the 20-strong Republic of Ireland Under-16 squad for the upcoming UEFA Under-16 Development Tournament in Sweden.

Forward Sean McGrath, of Limerick, has been included by head coach Paul Osam in the Republic of Ireland squad.

Limerick FC U-17 player McGrath also appeared for the Republic of Ireland Under-16s in their opening home match of 2018, when defeating Bulgaria 2-0 last month.

After two matches against Hungary in Budapest in February, Paul Osam’s side opened their home account this year with two goals either side of half-time in Waterford’s RSC.

Head coach Osam takes charge of his Republic of Ireland U-16 side for the final time this season in Sweden, for games against Sweden, Austria and Turkey.

They players will move on to Colin O'Brien's Under-17 side next season.

With three games in five days, Osam says the Development Tournament will be a taster for what's to come at Under-17 level.

"We're trying to replicate as close as possible to what the players will be dealing with next year at the Under-17 European Championships. They will be playing three games in five days in Sweden. It's as close as possible to what the players experience in tournament football.

"This is a culmination of everything we have done this season. We want to hand the best players over to Under-17 Head Coach Colin O'Brien for next season."

Osam's side begin their campaign this Sunday, May 18 against Sweden.

Republic of Ireland U16 Squad

Goalkeepers: Harry Halwax (Leixlip United), Dan Rose (Everton)

Defenders: Thomas Considine (Bohemians), Alex Dunne (Shamrock Rovers), James Furlong (Shamrock Rovers), Cian Kelly (Shamrock Rovers), Mazeed Ogbungo (Arsenal), Conrad Egan-Riley (Manchester City), Luke Turner (Shamrock Rovers)

Midfielders: Matt Healy (College Corinthians), Joe Hodge (Manchester City), Brandon Holt (St. Patrick's Athletic), Seamas Keogh (Sligo Rovers), Ronan McKinley (Derry City)

Forwards: Festy Ebosele (Bray Wanderers), Cillian Heaney (Sligo Rovers), Sean Kennedy (Tralee Dynamos), Sean McGrath (Limerick), Ayodeji Sotana (Manchester United), Conor Carty (Wolverhampton Wanderers)