Limerick FC young guns named in Ireland U21 squad

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Limerick FC young guns named in Ireland U21 squad

William Fitzgerald in action for Limerick FC

Limerick FC's Karl O'Sullivan and William Fitzgerald has been named in Stephen Kenny's first Irish U21 squad. 

Nineteen-year-old Will Fitzgerald, from Raheen, enhanced his growing reputation as an exciting talent with a string of impressive displays for Limerick FC in the Premier Division last season.

Former Ardscoil Ris student Fitzgerald began his soccer career at Mungret Regional as an 11-year-old.

He remained at Mungret Regional until he was 15 when he joined Mervue Utd to play at League of Ireland U17 level. The UL student then joined Limerick in 2016 and was a regular starter in the Premier Division under manager Tommy Barrett last term.

O'Sullivan played for Limerick's U17 squad for the short 2015 season and in 2016 he played for Kerry U17s. In 2017 he was back at Limerick and playing for their U19 team. Karl signed for the first team for the 2019 season on the same day as William Fitzgerald confirmed he was staying on at the club. 

In more good news for Limerick FC, the club confirmed that both Killian Brouder and Tommy Holland are on the standby list for the squad. 

The first game of the Euro 2021 qualification campaign for the Under-21s will take place on March 24 against Luxembourg at Tallaght Stadium.

Republic of Ireland U-21 Training squad
Goalkeepers: Conor Kearns (UCD), Ross Treacy (Dundalk)

Defenders: Andy Lyons (Bohemians), Darragh Leahy (Bohemians), Conor McCarthy (Cork City), Trevor Clarke (Shamrock Rovers), Liam Scales (UCD), John Mahon (Sligo Rovers).

Midfielders: Dan Mandriou (Bohemians), Will Fitzgerald (Limerick), Aaron Bolger (Shamrock Rovers), JJ Lunney (Waterford), Jamie Lennon (St. Patrick's Athletic), Brandon Kavanagh (Shamrock Rovers), Robbie McCourt (Bohemians).

Forwards: Ronan Hale (Crusaders), Neil Farrugia (UCD), Michael O'Connor (Linfield), Will Fitzgerald (Limerick), Zach Elbouzedi (Waterford), Karl O'Sullivan (Limerick).

Republic of Ireland U-21 Coaching Staff
Manager: Stephen Kenny

Assistant Coaches: Keith Andrews, Jim Crawford 

Strength and Conditioning Coach: Damien Doyle

Goalkeeping Coach: Dan Connor

Performance Analyst: Gary Seery

Physiotherapist: Kevin Mulholland

Team Doctor: Ronan Kearney