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Topic: Under-21 Euro 2021 Qualifying
Posted By: DalyerRegular
Subject: Under-21 Euro 2021 Qualifying
Date Posted: 26 Nov 2018 at 4:51pm
The hosts will be appointed at the UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Dublin, Republic of Ireland on 2–3 December 2018. 

All 55 UEFA nations are eligible to enter the competition, and with the hosts (or co-hosts) qualifying automatically, a maximum of 54 (or 53 if co-hosts) teams will compete in the qualifying competition to determine the remaining 11 (or 10 if co-hosts) spots in the final tournament. The qualifying competition consists of two rounds:

Qualifying group stage: The teams are drawn into nine groups of five or six teams. Each group is played in home-and-away round-robin format. The nine group winners qualify directly for the final tournament, while the four (or two if co-hosts) best runners-up (not counting results against the sixth-placed team) advance to the play-offs.


Play-offs: The four (or two if co-hosts) teams are drawn into two (or one if co-hosts) ties to play home-and-away two-legged matches to determine the last two (or one if co-hosts) qualified teams.


The UEFA administration seeds the teams for the qualifying group stage draw and for the final draw in accordance with the UEFA Under-21 national team coefficient rankings. The draw for the qualifying group stage will be held on 11 December 2018 in Nyon, Switzerland. All qualifying matches are played on the following dates, as listed in the 2018–24 FIFA International Match Calendar. 

Qualifying group stage 
  • 18–26 March 2019 
  • 3–11 June 2019 
  • 2–10 September 2019 
  • 7–15 October 2019 
  • 11–19 November 2019 
  • 23–31 March 2020 
  • 31 August – 8 September 2020 
  • 5–13 October 2020 

 Play-offs 
  • 9–17 November 2020



Replies:
Posted By: Lenny82
Date Posted: 26 Nov 2018 at 4:54pm
Nice one.
 
Don't suppose you know where we are seeded?


Posted By: DalyerRegular
Date Posted: 26 Nov 2018 at 5:43pm
Players born after January 1st 1998 are eligible for this campaign.

Goalkeepers
1998
Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool)
Conor Kearns (UCD)
Ross Treacy (Dundalk)
1999
Mark Travers (Bournemouth) 
2000
Brian Maher (St Patrick's Athletic)

Defenders
1998
Conor Masterson (Liverpool) 
Corey O'Keeffe (Birmingham City)
Barry Cotter (Ipswich Town) 
Darragh Leahy (Bohemians)
Trevor Clarke (Shamrock Rovers)
Conor McCarthy (Cork City)
Liam Scales (UCD)
Sam Todd (Finn Harps)
1999
Dara O'Shea (West Bromwich Albion) *on loan to Exeter City
Ryan Nolan (Inter Milan) 
Warren O'Hora (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Tyreke Wilson (Manchester City)
Aaron O'Driscoll (Southampton)
Corrie Ndaba (Ipswich Town)
Canice Carroll (Brentford) *on loan to Swindon Town
John Mahon (Sligo Rovers) 
James Finnerty (Bohemians)
2000
Lee O'Connor (Manchester United) 
Jordan Doherty (Sheffield United) *on loan to Tampa Bay Rowdies
James Clarke (Burnley)
Jack James (Luton Town)
Kevin Healy (West Bromwich Albion)
Andrew Lyons (Bohemians)

Midfielders
1998
Jake Doyle-Hayes (Aston Villa) *on loan to Cambridge United
Connor Ronan (Wolverhampton Wanderers) *on loan to DAC Dunajska Streda
Simon Power (Norwich City) *on loan to FC Dordrecht
Josh Barrett (Reading) 
Conor Levingston (Bohemians)
Daniel Mandroiu (Bohemians)
Robert McCourt (Bohemians)
Jamie Lennon (St. Patrick's Athletic)
JJ Lunney (Waterford) 
Zach Elbouzedi (Waterford)
1999
Jayson Molumby (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Thomas O'Connor (Southampton)
Callum Nicell (Leeds United)
Jack Clarke (Aston Villa)
Anthony Scully (West Ham United)
Neil Farrugia (UCD) 
Jack Keaney (Sligo Rovers)
Will Fitzgerald (Limerick)
Karl O'Sullivan (Limerick)
John Martin (Waterford) 
2000
Conor Coventry (West Ham United)
Will Smallbone (Southampton)
Conor Tee (Leicester City)
Jack Connolly (Sunderland)
Aaron Bolger (Shamrock Rovers) *on loan to Cardiff City
Brandon Kavanagh (Shamrock Rovers)

Forwards 
1998
Ronan Hale (Crusaders) 
Michael O'Connor (Linfield)
Aaron Drinan (Ipswich Town) *on loan to Waterford
Conor Davis (UCD) 
1999
Aidan Keena (Hearts) 
Aaron Dobbs (Longford Town)
2000
Michael Obafemi (Southampton)
Aaron Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion) *on loan to Luton Town
Glen McAuley (Liverpool)
Jonathan Afolabi (Southampton)
Ali Regbha (Bohemians)

Players born in 2000 are available for selection for the Under-19s squad until the conclusion of that campaign. (Elite round in March 2019 or Final tournament in July 2019)


Posted By: gspain
Date Posted: 26 Nov 2018 at 6:49pm
Originally posted by Lenny82 Lenny82 wrote:

Nice one.
 
Don't suppose you know where we are seeded?

We will be 4th seeds.

http://www.football-rankings.info/2018/11/2021-uefa-under-21-qualifying-seeding.html" rel="nofollow - http://www.football-rankings.info/2018/11/2021-uefa-under-21-qualifying-seeding.html


Posted By: The Huntacha
Date Posted: 27 Nov 2018 at 4:33am
Promising squad to work with.

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Posted By: bogball88
Date Posted: 03 Dec 2018 at 12:41pm
#UEFAExCo: Hungary & Slovenia will host the 2021 UEFA U21 Finals 🇭🇺 🇸🇮

✒️📆 June 2021


Posted By: lassassinblanc
Date Posted: 03 Dec 2018 at 12:48pm
Both also qualified as hosts meaning we'd most likely do the same when/if 2023 is confirmed for the United Counties of Ireland


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Posted By: DalyerRegular
Date Posted: 10 Dec 2018 at 1:01pm
The draw takes place in Nyon at 8am Irish time tomorrow.

Draw pots

Pot A: Germany, England, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, France, Italy, Serbia, Croatia

Pot B: Austria, Sweden, Belgium, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Israel

Pot C: Greece, Ukraine, Norway, Russia, Turkey, Iceland, Wales, Switzerland, Montenegro

Pot D: Bulgaria, Finland, Republic of Ireland, Georgia, Kosovo, Scotland, FYR Macedonia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Pot E: Northern Ireland, Albania, Moldova, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cyprus

Pot F: Luxembourg, Malta, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein


The draw will split the teams into eight groups of six and one of five.
The nine group winners qualify automatically for the finals.
The two runners-up with the best records against the teams first, third, fourth and fifth in their group will go into a play-off to determine the last finals berth.
Tournament co-hosts Hungary and Slovenia have both been given a bye to the finals.




Posted By: smart man
Date Posted: 10 Dec 2018 at 1:44pm
England Wales and N Ireland are different seeds than us. We could end up getting one or more of them. 

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Posted By: pre Madonna
Date Posted: 10 Dec 2018 at 1:48pm
You've displayed an excellent grasp of how the draw works; you are indeed a 'smart man'.

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Posted By: lassassinblanc
Date Posted: 10 Dec 2018 at 1:51pm
LOL

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Posted By: colemanY2K
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2018 at 8:35am
A tough draw for Kenny

Italy 
Sweden
Iceland
Ireland
Armenia
Luxembourg


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Posted By: giveittochristie
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2018 at 8:52am
Originally posted by colemanY2K colemanY2K wrote:

A tough draw for Kenny

Italy 
Sweden
Iceland
Ireland
Armenia
Luxembourg
As fourth seeds, i don't think its too bad. We should be looking to jump ahead of Iceland at the very least and challenge for second spot. 


Posted By: colemanY2K
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2018 at 9:05am
Originally posted by giveittochristie giveittochristie wrote:

Originally posted by colemanY2K colemanY2K wrote:

A tough draw for Kenny

Italy 
Sweden
Iceland
Ireland
Armenia
Luxembourg
As fourth seeds, i don't think its too bad. We should be looking to jump ahead of Iceland at the very least and challenge for second spot. 

Doesn't matter if we're 1st or 4th, that is a tough draw. Would be doing exceptionally well to finish second and even that's no guarantee of qualifying.


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Posted By: kearney304
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2018 at 9:07am
Originally posted by colemanY2K colemanY2K wrote:

A tough draw for Kenny

Italy 
Sweden
Iceland
Ireland
Armenia
Luxembourg

Some decent travel locations 


Posted By: giveittochristie
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2018 at 9:15am
Originally posted by colemanY2K colemanY2K wrote:

Originally posted by giveittochristie giveittochristie wrote:

Originally posted by colemanY2K colemanY2K wrote:

A tough draw for Kenny

Italy 
Sweden
Iceland
Ireland
Armenia
Luxembourg
As fourth seeds, i don't think its too bad. We should be looking to jump ahead of Iceland at the very least and challenge for second spot. 

Doesn't matter if we're 1st or 4th, that is a tough draw. Would be doing exceptionally well to finish second and even that's no guarantee of qualifying.
We have pretty much zero chance of qualifying.   If Kenny gets the team playing decent football and looking like they are a better side than Iceland and Sweden then thats big progress - we should be looking to gradually move up the seeding pots so that the talented u17s/u19s groups can benefit in future.


Posted By: 10 Box
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2018 at 9:18am
The Ryan Johansson Group


Posted By: nvidic
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2018 at 9:19am
That u21 team beat their Italian equivalents when they were at u19 level.

Who knows how strong any of these other squads are really? I'd imagine most don't have a notion, myself included.


Posted By: colemanY2K
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2018 at 9:50am
Originally posted by giveittochristie giveittochristie wrote:

Originally posted by colemanY2K colemanY2K wrote:

Originally posted by giveittochristie giveittochristie wrote:

Originally posted by colemanY2K colemanY2K wrote:

A tough draw for Kenny

Italy 
Sweden
Iceland
Ireland
Armenia
Luxembourg
As fourth seeds, i don't think its too bad. We should be looking to jump ahead of Iceland at the very least and challenge for second spot. 

Doesn't matter if we're 1st or 4th, that is a tough draw. Would be doing exceptionally well to finish second and even that's no guarantee of qualifying.
We have pretty much zero chance of qualifying.   If Kenny gets the team playing decent football and looking like they are a better side than Iceland and Sweden then thats big progress - we should be looking to gradually move up the seeding pots so that the talented u17s/u19s groups can benefit in future.
One major problem with the text in bold. Kenny is not around for the entire campaign. He will either be gone as early as March 2020 (halfway through the campaign) or at the latest August 2020, neither exit date is conducive with the preparation needed for a side to play "decent football and looking like they are a better side" or to "gradually move up the seeding pots".  
 
The tough draw and management set up makes the task - set by the FAI - even more difficult. I expect, because of what I just said, Kenny will fail to live up to expectations at u21 level which will thus feed into the pressure of the senior job when he takes over. All in all a recipe for an unholy mess.


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Posted By: Drumcondra 69er
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2018 at 10:50am
Originally posted by colemanY2K colemanY2K wrote:

Originally posted by giveittochristie giveittochristie wrote:

Originally posted by colemanY2K colemanY2K wrote:

Originally posted by giveittochristie giveittochristie wrote:

Originally posted by colemanY2K colemanY2K wrote:

A tough draw for Kenny

Italy 
Sweden
Iceland
Ireland
Armenia
Luxembourg
As fourth seeds, i don't think its too bad. We should be looking to jump ahead of Iceland at the very least and challenge for second spot. 

Doesn't matter if we're 1st or 4th, that is a tough draw. Would be doing exceptionally well to finish second and even that's no guarantee of qualifying.
We have pretty much zero chance of qualifying.   If Kenny gets the team playing decent football and looking like they are a better side than Iceland and Sweden then thats big progress - we should be looking to gradually move up the seeding pots so that the talented u17s/u19s groups can benefit in future.
One major problem with the text in bold. Kenny is not around for the entire campaign. He will either be gone as early as March 2020 (halfway through the campaign) or at the latest August 2020, neither exit date is conducive with the preparation needed for a side to play "decent football and looking like they are a better side" or to "gradually move up the seeding pots".  
 
The tough draw and management set up makes the task - set by the FAI - even more difficult. I expect, because of what I just said, Kenny will fail to live up to expectations at u21 level which will thus feed into the pressure of the senior job when he takes over. All in all a recipe for an unholy mess.

Exactly how I feel about it. Think it's a ridiculous way to set up what should be the most important age group beyond the seniors. 


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Posted By: DalyerRegular
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2018 at 1:01pm
The FAI have managed to pack the schedule so that nine of the ten qualifiers are played by March 2020. Obviously the final game has to be played on the last match day in October 2020. This will be the only game not managed by Stephen Kenny.

2019

March 24: Luxembourg (H) 

September 6: Armenia (H)

September 10: Sweden (A)

October 10: Italy (H)

October 15: Iceland (A)

November 14: Armenia (A)

November 19: Sweden (H)

2020

March 26: Iceland (H)  

March 31: Luxembourg (A)

October 13: Italy (A)



Posted By: kevincronin2000
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2018 at 1:14pm
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Posted By: lassassinblanc
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2018 at 1:20pm
Who'll manage that?




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Posted By: Drumcondra 69er
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2018 at 1:25pm
Originally posted by DalyerRegular DalyerRegular wrote:

The FAI have managed to pack the schedule so that nine of the ten qualifiers are played by March 2020. Obviously the final game has to be played on the last match day in October 2020. This will be the only game not managed by Stephen Kenny.

2019

March 24: Luxembourg (H) 

September 6: Armenia (H)

September 10: Sweden (A)

October 10: Italy (H)

October 15: Iceland (A)

November 14: Armenia (A)

November 19: Sweden (H)

2020

March 26: Iceland (H)  

March 31: Luxembourg (A)

October 13: Italy (A)


Obviously hoping they'll have qualified by then with the Italy away game last as well.

Play offs 9–17 November.

This all seems so poorly thought out, if Kenny is happy with his backroom team then you'd imagine they'll move to senior with him, it's completely disruptive.


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Posted By: lassassinblanc
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2018 at 1:38pm
Originally posted by Drumcondra 69er Drumcondra 69er wrote:

Originally posted by DalyerRegular DalyerRegular wrote:

The FAI have managed to pack the schedule so that nine of the ten qualifiers are played by March 2020. Obviously the final game has to be played on the last match day in October 2020. This will be the only game not managed by Stephen Kenny.

2019

March 24: Luxembourg (H) 

September 6: Armenia (H)

September 10: Sweden (A)

October 10: Italy (H)

October 15: Iceland (A)

November 14: Armenia (A)

November 19: Sweden (H)

2020

March 26: Iceland (H)  

March 31: Luxembourg (A)

October 13: Italy (A)


Obviously hoping they'll have qualified by then with the Italy away game last as well.

Play offs 9–17 November.

This all seems so poorly thought out, if Kenny is happy with his backroom team then you'd imagine they'll move to senior with him, it's completely disruptive.


WHAT ABOUT ROBBIE!!!


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Posted By: colemanY2K
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2018 at 1:39pm
Some going. I didn't expect them to front load the fixtures like that.

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Posted By: Donegalman
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2018 at 1:48pm
If they qualified would he not stay on for the tournament then so?


Posted By: Drumcondra 69er
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2018 at 1:52pm
Originally posted by Donegalman Donegalman wrote:

If they qualified would he not stay on for the tournament then so?

Was clear in his presser that he was gone in August 2020 regardless. Whether that actually happens when the time arrives well, who knows??


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Posted By: lassassinblanc
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2018 at 1:56pm
The more you think about it is really is an stupid decision to give him the job.

IF we do qualify then someone new has to come in for the actual tournament


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Posted By: ConorMac77
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2018 at 1:56pm
Originally posted by Donegalman Donegalman wrote:

If they qualified would he not stay on for the tournament then so?
Especially if Mick does well and gets the senior team qualified for Euro 2020 and fancies a crack at WC22?  At least then we'd keep an experienced manager in charge of the senior team for what is normally a tougher tournament to qualify for (with just over half the qualifying spots up for grabs compared to the Euros) and SK gets at least a full campaign in with the U-21's instead of leaving them in the lurch at the business end of the campaign with a possible play-off still to come.  It's a win-win for all concerned surely.


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Posted By: LO SCIENZIATO
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2018 at 2:18pm
anyone that thinks Mick will do well need stheir head examined 


Posted By: amccarten313
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2018 at 4:55pm
tough group especially given that only the 9 group winners automatically qualify, and the 2 best runners up go into playoff for the last spot


Posted By: Donegalman
Date Posted: 12 Dec 2018 at 2:01pm
Originally posted by ConorMac77 ConorMac77 wrote:

Originally posted by Donegalman Donegalman wrote:

If they qualified would he not stay on for the tournament then so?
Especially if Mick does well and gets the senior team qualified for Euro 2020 and fancies a crack at WC22?  At least then we'd keep an experienced manager in charge of the senior team for what is normally a tougher tournament to qualify for (with just over half the qualifying spots up for grabs compared to the Euros) and SK gets at least a full campaign in with the U-21's instead of leaving them in the lurch at the business end of the campaign with a possible play-off still to come.  It's a win-win for all concerned surely.
I didn't realise that he might leave the u21s when the decision was made at first. Seems mad that they might be qualified and he would leave them before the last game and with the chance to manage them in the tournament. Surely he would just double job if possible?


Posted By: Strazdas
Date Posted: 13 Dec 2018 at 12:08am
Originally posted by amccarten313 amccarten313 wrote:

tough group especially given that only the 9 group winners automatically qualify, and the 2 best runners up go into playoff for the last spot

I don't think it's as tough a group as the Irish media claimed yesterday. Both Sweden and Iceland failed to qualify for the under 21 finals in 2019 (like ourselves).

As a fourth seed, it would be a tough enough group anyway, no matter who we were playing.


Posted By: engpad
Date Posted: 13 Dec 2018 at 10:11am
Trying to get us into the Toulon tournament next summer, which would be a brilliant move. 

Would be interesting to see the number of underage games we play in comparison to other nations - particularly England. This was one area that they've focused on hugely in the last few years and ensured they have presence at every age grade. Under 20 being a case in point, something we just don't bother with. 


Posted By: DeclanDaly
Date Posted: 13 Dec 2018 at 1:26pm
All very encouraging from Kenny:  https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thesun.ie/sport/football/3509267/stephen-kenny-multi-cultural-ireland/amp/" rel="nofollow - https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thesun.ie/sport/football/3509267/stephen-kenny-multi-cultural-ireland/amp/

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Posted By: mandrake
Date Posted: 13 Dec 2018 at 2:37pm
Originally posted by lassassinblanc lassassinblanc wrote:

The more you think about it is really is an stupid decision to give him the job.

IF we do qualify then someone new has to come in for the actual tournament
 
we wont quailify...


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Posted By: pre Madonna
Date Posted: 13 Dec 2018 at 3:37pm
Originally posted by DeclanDaly DeclanDaly wrote:

All very encouraging from Kenny:  https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thesun.ie/sport/football/3509267/stephen-kenny-multi-cultural-ireland/amp/" rel="nofollow - https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thesun.ie/sport/football/3509267/stephen-kenny-multi-cultural-ireland/amp/
FFS, I never realised it was from that rag until it was too late.


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Posted By: lassassinblanc
Date Posted: 13 Dec 2018 at 3:50pm
Originally posted by mandrake mandrake wrote:

Originally posted by lassassinblanc lassassinblanc wrote:

The more you think about it is really is an stupid decision to give him the job.

IF we do qualify then someone new has to come in for the actual tournament
 
we wont quailify...


Hence why I bolded and capitlised IF


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Posted By: musicinmouth
Date Posted: 14 Dec 2018 at 10:04am
I saw a comment from Kenny that he is looking forward to the first games in Dublin. Does anyone know if it's been confirmed that the U21s will play in Dublin?

I was hoping they'd finally come back and at least play a game in Turner's Cross, Cork.



Posted By: RobsYourUncle
Date Posted: 14 Dec 2018 at 10:47am
I would've guessed they'd play a few games in Oriel, though is it up to grade for U21 qualifiers?


Posted By: mandrake
Date Posted: 14 Dec 2018 at 11:00am
Originally posted by lassassinblanc lassassinblanc wrote:

Originally posted by mandrake mandrake wrote:

Originally posted by lassassinblanc lassassinblanc wrote:

The more you think about it is really is an stupid decision to give him the job.

IF we do qualify then someone new has to come in for the actual tournament
 
we wont quailify...


Hence why I bolded and capitlised IF
 
that's ok


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Posted By: pre Madonna
Date Posted: 14 Dec 2018 at 11:55am
Originally posted by RobsYourUncle RobsYourUncle wrote:

I would've guessed they'd play a few games in Oriel, though is it up to grade for U21 qualifiers?
Why on earth would they play  them there? There are some decent grounds around the country, play them there.


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Posted By: RobsYourUncle
Date Posted: 14 Dec 2018 at 12:05pm
Originally posted by pre Madonna pre Madonna wrote:

Originally posted by RobsYourUncle RobsYourUncle wrote:

I would've guessed they'd play a few games in Oriel, though is it up to grade for U21 qualifiers?
Why on earth would they play  them there? There are some decent grounds around the country, play them there.

Logic being Kenny would've attracted decent support up there.


Posted By: pre Madonna
Date Posted: 14 Dec 2018 at 12:09pm
Originally posted by RobsYourUncle RobsYourUncle wrote:

Originally posted by pre Madonna pre Madonna wrote:

Originally posted by RobsYourUncle RobsYourUncle wrote:

I would've guessed they'd play a few games in Oriel, though is it up to grade for U21 qualifiers?
Why on earth would they play  them there? There are some decent grounds around the country, play them there.

Logic being Kenny would've attracted decent support up there.
He would attract decent interest at any LOI ground, no point playing it in a dump. Move it around Waterford, Sligo, Cork and Galway.

Out of curiosity, what would happen if the FAI wanted to play one at the Brandywell? 


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Posted By: musicinmouth
Date Posted: 14 Dec 2018 at 3:12pm
They should focus on venues that are potentially going to be used for the 2023 competition, build up local support and use them as showcases for that bid. Anyway, I vote for Cork! 


Posted By: Dr. Pat
Date Posted: 14 Dec 2018 at 3:18pm
Originally posted by RobsYourUncle RobsYourUncle wrote:

Originally posted by pre Madonna pre Madonna wrote:

Originally posted by RobsYourUncle RobsYourUncle wrote:

I would've guessed they'd play a few games in Oriel, though is it up to grade for U21 qualifiers?
Why on earth would they play  them there? There are some decent grounds around the country, play them there.

Logic being Kenny would've attracted decent support up there.

It's literally the worst ground in the LOI. Bit of an insane suggestion. The games will get good mainstream attention now, wherever they're played.


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Posted By: DalyerRegular
Date Posted: 23 Jan 2019 at 6:31pm

Tomorrow, Stephen Kenny will name a home-based squad for a training camp at Dunboyne Castle Hotel on 4th & 5th February.

They will then play an FAI Amateur selection on the 6th February in Whitehall.



Posted By: DeclanDaly
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2019 at 12:16am
Originally posted by DalyerRegular DalyerRegular wrote:

Tomorrow, Stephen Kenny will name a home-based squad for a training camp at Dunboyne Castle Hotel on 4th & 5th February.

They will then play an FAI Amateur selection on the 6th February in Whitehall.


Genuinely excited to see that 


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Posted By: The Huntacha
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2019 at 7:21am
Dunboyne Castle has no sports ground like Carton House so I'd assume they'll be using St. Peter's GAA pitches in front of Dunboyne Castle Housing Estate for any one who wants to go out for a look.

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Posted By: Borussia
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2019 at 7:23am
Originally posted by The Huntacha The Huntacha wrote:

Dunboyne Castle has no sports ground like Carton House so I'd assume they'll be using St. Peter's GAA pitches in front of Dunboyne Castle Housing Estate for any one who wants to go out for a look.

I somehow doubt they'll be using GAA pitches !



Posted By: ProudAndLoud
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2019 at 7:29am
Abbottstown


Posted By: The Huntacha
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2019 at 8:28am
Originally posted by Borussia Borussia wrote:

Originally posted by The Huntacha The Huntacha wrote:

Dunboyne Castle has no sports ground like Carton House so I'd assume they'll be using St. Peter's GAA pitches in front of Dunboyne Castle Housing Estate for any one who wants to go out for a look.

I somehow doubt they'll be using GAA pitches !


Meant to include "if they are staying in Dunboyne for their actual sessions".

Abbotstown makes more sense, it's only down the road.


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Posted By: Frogdog
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2019 at 11:53am
Jim Crawford to be announced as Stephen Kenny's assistant manager. Great appointment, from what I've read of Crawford.
https://www.independent.ie/s/soccer/international-soccer/stephen-kenny-to-announce-jim-crawford-as-new-ireland-u21s-assistant-37744421. -
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/international-soccer/stephen-kenny-to-announce-jim-crawford-as-new-ireland-u21s-assistant-37744421.html


Posted By: Fozzy B
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2019 at 2:03pm
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



Posted By: johnvonp
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2019 at 2:06pm
It was also announced that the u21s will play in the Toulon tournament this summer... great news!


Posted By: Howdo
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2019 at 2:18pm
Thought O'Connor switched to Norn?


Posted By: Maccatacca
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2019 at 2:22pm
Nordies won’t be happy about O’Connor. He has been counter poached.


Posted By: horsebox
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2019 at 2:23pm
Originally posted by Howdo Howdo wrote:

Thought O'Connor switched to The Occupied 6?


Yep me too.



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Posted By: Howdo
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2019 at 2:25pm
Originally posted by Maccatacca Maccatacca wrote:

Nordies won’t be happy about O’Connor. He has been counter poached.


His Belfast is blue post might upset some others


Posted By: doherty
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2019 at 2:57pm
lads why is it just home based players picked? what is the reason?


Posted By: pateen
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2019 at 3:03pm
Originally posted by doherty doherty wrote:

lads why is it just home based players picked? what is the reason?

To look at home based talent


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Posted By: Tony Cousins
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2019 at 3:04pm
Originally posted by Fozzy B Fozzy B wrote:

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



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Posted By: Frogdog
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2019 at 3:07pm
Originally posted by doherty doherty wrote:

lads why is it just home based players picked? what is the reason?
 
As above, plus as it's before the League of Ireland season kicks off, organising this "unofficial" game against the Ireland Amateur side won't impact any home-based team, whereas it would disrupt the players' & clubs' schedule in the UK/elsewhere. Doubtful that UK-based players would be released for a training camp and game.


Posted By: pre Madonna
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2019 at 3:14pm
Brighton legend Kerry Mayo married a woman called Kerry... 'Only two Kerry Mayos' became  a regular chant afterwards.

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Posted By: smart man
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2019 at 4:26pm
great to see them taking part in the tournament in France. Back room staff looks  impressive. Hope it all goes well.

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Posted By: Denis Irwin
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2019 at 4:56pm
Wonder is Andrews being lined up for the U-21 job when Kenny steps up to the senior job

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Posted By: The O'Shea
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2019 at 5:15pm
Picking O'Connor is absolutely hilarious LOL Kind of backs up what a previous poster said in that his allegiances sway with the wind.

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Posted By: NIGreenWall
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2019 at 10:02pm
Originally posted by Maccatacca Maccatacca wrote:

Nordies won’t be happy about O’Connor. He has been counter poached.

He can't be counter poached when it was he who approached the IFA about switching, they had no idea he was even eligible.


Posted By: DalyerRegular
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2019 at 5:53pm
Republic of Ireland U-21 Training squad


Name-Club-Year of birth-Position-2018 League Appearances

Conor Kearns (UCD) 1998 Goalkeeper (25)

Ross Treacy (Dundalk) 1998 Goalkeeper (0)

Andy Lyons (Bohemians) 2000 Right back (5)

Darragh Leahy (Bohemians) 1998 Left back (24)

Trevor Clarke (Shamrock Rovers) 1998 Left back/left midfield (6)

Conor McCarthy (Cork City) 1998 Centre back/right back (22)

Liam Scales (UCD) 1998 Centre back (26) 

John Mahon (Sligo Rovers) 1999 Centre back (24)

Jamie Lennon (St. Patrick's Athletic) 1998 Centre midfield (29)

JJ Lunney (Waterford) 1998 Centre midfield (21)* for Bohemians 

Aaron Bolger (Shamrock Rovers) 2000 Centre midfield (14)

Robbie McCourt (Bohemians) 1998 Centre midfield/left back (3)

Dan Mandriou (Bohemians) 1998 Attacking midfield (0)* signed from Brighton 

Zach Elbouzedi (Waterford) 1998 Right midfield (0)* signed from Inverness 

Karl O'Sullivan (Limerick) 1999 Right midfield (25)

Will Fitzgerald (Limerick) 1999 Right/left midfield (32)

Neil Farrugia (UCD) 1999 Right/left midfield (11)

Brandon Kavanagh (Shamrock Rovers) 2000 Left midfield (16)

Ronan Hale (Crusaders) 1998 Striker (31)* for Derry City 

Michael O'Connor (Linfield) 1998 Striker (15)* for Finn Harps 



Posted By: Maccatacca
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2019 at 6:37pm
Some very talented youngsters playing first team football in the LOI atm. 

Would be hopeful that 5/6 of these lads can earn moves to bigger clubs in the next 2-3 years. 

Clarke, Bolger, Leahy and Kavanagh in particular. 


Posted By: JoxerDaly
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2019 at 7:18pm
JJ Lunney and Mandroiu the pick of the bunch for me 


Posted By: davekoolhill
Date Posted: 26 Jan 2019 at 4:24pm
A huge amount of LOI game time for these young players. 

Just shows the amount of young talent getting opportunities at home. 




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Posted By: DeclanDaly
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2019 at 4:33am
Anybody know what the age cut off (birth date) is for the Toulon tournament next summer?

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Posted By: kevincronin2000
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2019 at 6:25am
Not sure, but when are the fixtures for the toulon tournament announced.

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Posted By: DalyerRegular
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2019 at 11:03am
Originally posted by DeclanDaly DeclanDaly wrote:

Anybody know what the age cut off (birth date) is for the Toulon tournament next summer?
1998


Posted By: DalyerRegular
Date Posted: 04 Feb 2019 at 12:57pm
https://www.fai.ie/ireland/news/ireland-u21-trio-drafted-into-three-day-training-camp%20" rel="nofollow - https://www.fai.ie/ireland/news/ireland-u21-trio-drafted-into-three-day-training-camp


Posted By: DeclanDaly
Date Posted: 04 Feb 2019 at 4:33pm
Maybe a sign that Drinan is on his way back to LoI


Posted By: The O'Shea
Date Posted: 04 Feb 2019 at 5:53pm
Drinan is a weird inclusion, failed to score in 17 appearances on loan in the Conference...

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Posted By: DalyerRegular
Date Posted: 05 Feb 2019 at 11:42am


Posted By: houghton88
Date Posted: 05 Feb 2019 at 11:53am
Is this game open to the public tomorrow? 

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Posted By: Banjaxed
Date Posted: 05 Feb 2019 at 12:31pm
https://twitter.com/Striker1Online/status/1090972974562328576?s=19" rel="nofollow - https://twitter.com/Striker1Online/status/1090972974562328576?s=19


Posted By: The O'Shea
Date Posted: 06 Feb 2019 at 7:53pm
Any sign of that stream?

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Posted By: ProudAndLoud
Date Posted: 06 Feb 2019 at 8:21pm
Live Stream was blocked by FAI


Posted By: The O'Shea
Date Posted: 06 Feb 2019 at 8:28pm
Jaysis, they feally are backward about this stuff. If the won't bloody stream it themselves (which would be incredibly easy to do), then at least let someone else do it...

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Posted By: Dr. Pat
Date Posted: 06 Feb 2019 at 8:43pm
Originally posted by ProudAndLoud ProudAndLoud wrote:

Live Stream was blocked by FAI

That is really f**king pathetic. Wouldn't mind if they did a damn thing to promote the game themselves.


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Posted By: ProudAndLoud
Date Posted: 06 Feb 2019 at 8:46pm
It was blocked as fai doing video and won't be released on fai website until tomorrow. Big Brother :(


Posted By: ringerbell
Date Posted: 06 Feb 2019 at 8:47pm
Originally posted by ProudAndLoud ProudAndLoud wrote:

Live Stream was blocked by FAI

Don't know why they can't stream games like this via Facebook... the ladies gaa showing them up they streaming league games via Facebook now 


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Posted By: DalyerRegular
Date Posted: 06 Feb 2019 at 10:19pm
Won 1-0. Brandon Kavanagh the scorer. Neil Farrugia the stand out performer.


Posted By: The O'Shea
Date Posted: 06 Feb 2019 at 10:21pm
Is Conor Davis overage for this? I'd have thought he's exactly the type Kenny would like, very skilful.

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Posted By: DalyerRegular
Date Posted: 06 Feb 2019 at 10:41pm
Originally posted by The O'Shea The O'Shea wrote:

Is Conor Davis overage for this? I'd have thought he's exactly the type Kenny would like, very skilful.
no, he's eligible


Posted By: Frogdog
Date Posted: 07 Feb 2019 at 12:16pm
Went along to this. Decent enough match. Jamie Lennon of St Pat's and Neil Farrugia of UCD the standout players for me. I'd expect to see both of them, and possibly Trevor Clarke, in the proper U21 squad.


Posted By: DalyerRegular
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2019 at 7:14pm
Correct thread for new campaign here.

Republic of Ireland U21 squad v Luxembourg

Goalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Gavin Bazunu (Manchester City)

Defenders: Darragh Leahy (Bohemians), Dara O'Shea (Exeter City, on loan from West Bromwich Albion), Barry Cotter (Ipswich Town), Corey Ndaba (Ipswich Town), Conor Masterson (Liverpool), Lee O'Connor (Manchester United), Trevor Clarke (Shamrock Rovers), Liam Scales (UCD AFC)

Midfielders: Jayson Molumby (Brighton and Hove Albion), Jake Doyle Hayes (Cambridge United, on loan from Aston Villa), Connor Ronan (FC DAC 1904, on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jamie Lennon (St. Patrick's Athletic), Conor Coventry (West Ham United), Dan Mandroiu (Bohemians) 

Attackers: Adam Idah (Norwich City), Troy Parrott (Tottenham Hotspur), Neil Farrugia (UCD AFC), Zach Elbouzedi (Waterford), Michael O'Connor (Linfield), Simon Power (FC Dordrecht, on loan from Norwich City), Aaron Drinan (Waterford, on loan from Ipswich Town)

UEFA U21 European Championships Qualifiers - Fixture

24/03 - Republic of Ireland v Luxembourg, Tallaght Stadium, 5pm



Posted By: DalyerRegular
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2019 at 7:23pm
Some players not included.

Goalkeepers
1998
Conor Kearns (UCD)
1999
Mark Travers (Bournemouth) 

Defenders
1998
Corey O'Keeffe (Birmingham City) 
Conor McCarthy (Cork City)
1999
Ryan Nolan (Inter Milan) 
Warren O'Hora (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Tyreke Wilson (Manchester City)
Aaron O'Driscoll (Southampton)
Canice Carroll (Brentford) *on loan to Swindon Town
James Finnerty (Bohemians)

Midfielders
1998
Conor Levingston (Bohemians)
JJ Lunney (Waterford) 
1999
Thomas O'Connor (Southampton)
Callum Nicell (Leeds United)

Forwards 
1998
Ronan Hale (Crusaders) 
1999
Aidan Keena (Hearts) 
2000
Michael Obafemi (Southampton)
Aaron Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion) *on loan to Luton Town


Posted By: DalyerRegular
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2019 at 11:48pm
Conor Coventry and Connor Ronan the only English born ?? Some turnaround from the last campaign.


Posted By: lassassinblanc
Date Posted: 14 Mar 2019 at 8:11am
I'd say Travers my drop down form Senior Team come the final squads


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Posted By: Green rebel
Date Posted: 14 Mar 2019 at 8:56am
I wouldn't have seen much of the lads in the squad from the LoI playing ,is there some of them good enough to step up to senior squad in a couple of years? I was in Wolverhampton working a couple of weeks ago and seen.a young lad from Cork 15/16 years old on trial with them Harry Nevin what a player this lad is.


Posted By: t_rAndy
Date Posted: 14 Mar 2019 at 9:35am
 I thought the guy o'connor at Linfield had declared for the north? 
Dont see anything abkut hik changing his mind


Posted By: MC Hammered
Date Posted: 14 Mar 2019 at 9:42am
Originally posted by Green rebel Green rebel wrote:

I wouldn't have seen much of the lads in the squad from the LoI playing ,is there some of them good enough to step up to senior squad in a couple of years? I was in Wolverhampton working a couple of weeks ago and seen.a young lad from Cork 15/16 years old on trial with them Harry Nevin what a player this lad is.

It's hard to say about which LOI lads can make the step up but a couple of them look capable. Trevor Clarke is the obvious one. Neil Farrugia has the physicality to go to England anyway. I'm a Saints supporter but I'm not fully sold on Lennon. He is a super passer of the ball but he isn't quite quick or dynamic enough in my opinion.  


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Posted By: CillDara
Date Posted: 14 Mar 2019 at 9:59am
Originally posted by Green rebel Green rebel wrote:

I wouldn't have seen much of the lads in the squad from the LoI playing ,is there some of them good enough to step up to senior squad in a couple of years? I was in Wolverhampton working a couple of weeks ago and seen.a young lad from Cork 15/16 years old on trial with them Harry Nevin what a player this lad is.

Trevor Clarke is brilliant, he can play on the left wing or at left back but I think the consensus is that he is better running from deep and having the pitch in front of him from left back. Good technical player who is very quick and capable of causing damage when running at the opposition, this time last year I would have said he was nailed on to go to England but he suffered a bad injury last year and was out all season. Back now and seems to be back to the level he was at but Rovers have been easing him back into it.

Daragh Leahy has looked brilliant anytime I have seen him play for Bohs as well, he is also a left back, probably not quite as much of an attacking threat as Clarke but very solid and can get up and down the touchline. 

Haven't seen Elbouzedi, Mandriou or Farrugia yet as it is their first seasons in the premier division but have heard good things. I know Bazunu is now a  Man City player but if his few appearances for Rovers last year are anything to go by he will be an unbelievable goalkeeper. Just turned 17 last month and has a long way to go of course but would definitely see him being a future no.1 for Ireland.



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