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01 Oct 2022

Limerick-based duo in Republic of Ireland amateur squad for international fixtures

Limerick-based duo in Republic of Ireland amateur squad for international fixtures

AJ O'Connor, of Fairview Rangers, and Aisling Annacotty's Chris Smith

TWO Limerick-based players have been included in Republic of Ireland Amateur International manager Gerry Davis' squad for the upcoming double-header against Northern Ireland. 

Defender Chris Smith, of Aisling Annacotty, and Fairview Rangers' midfielder AJ O'Connor are named in the 18-man squad for the two international fixtures.

Ireland are set to travel to Dungannon today, Wednesday, September 21, to take on Northern Ireland at Strangemore Park, with kick-off at 7:45pm. The return fixture is set for Whitehall on Wednesday, September 28, with kick-off at 7.45pm as Ireland aim for two victories. 

Gerry Davis' side are in fantastic form having secured two wins over Wales last month, a 2-1 win at Turner's Cross with goals from Eoin Murphy and Luke Casey before travelling to Wales for the return fixture.

First-half goals from Nathan Broderick and Stephen Chambers secured the second victory, a 2-0 win in Colwyn Bay as Ireland head into these two fixtures with plenty of confidence. 

"No doubt, Northern Ireland will be a tough test for us but I've been really happy with the development of the team over the course of the last two internationals," said manager Gerry Davis. 

"We secured the win in Cork over Wales with a great performance but two stunning goals as well. In Wales, we took an early lead and I was delighted with the way we controlled the game from that point onwards and managed it brilliantly to get the result.

"We've got to take those learnings into these next two games and it would be great to get a good crowd for the return fixture next week at Whitehall. We're looking forward to it, playing for your country at any level is a great honour and particularly, playing Northern Ireland gives it that extra derby element which we're looking forward to."

Republic of Ireland Squad:

Goalkeepers: Brendan O'Connell (Rockmount), Gary Cunningham (Westport United)
Defenders: Adam Crowley (Rockmount), Jack McMullen (Home Farm), Chris Smith (Aisling Annacotty), Garbhan Manley (College Corinthians), Aaron Humphries (Kilbarrack United), Lee McColgan (Cockhill Celtic).
Midfielders: Stephen Chambers (Killester Donnycarney), Eoin Murphy (Rockmount), Luke Casey (Rockmount), Nathan Broderick (Rockmount), Mikey Fox (Salthill Devon), AJ O'Connor (Fairview Rangers).
Forwards: Eoin Hayes (Newmarket Celtic), Jack Kelly (Kilbarrack United), Shane Stritch (Bluebell United), Jimmy McHugh (Oliver Bond Celtic).

Amateur International - Fixtures

21/09 - Northern Ireland v Republic of Ireland, Strangemore Park, KO 7.45pm
28/09 - Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland, Whitehall, KO 7.45pm

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