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Profiles: Ireland U17 Euro 2012 Elite Stage Squad

22 March 2012 28,663 views No Comment Written by Ronan

John Morling’s Republic of Ireland under-17 side are in action in Euro 2012 Elite Stage qualifying in Holland. GreenScene profiles the eighteen-man squad.


Eric Grimes
Position: Goalkeeper
Club: Leeds United
First Stage Stats: 0 Games
Joined Leeds United last summer from Ringmahon Rangers and made the step up from Ireland under-16s after impressing Morling in February’s training camp in Portugal.


Peter Burke
Position: Goalkeeper
Club: Moville Celtic
First Stage Stats: 0 Games
The Donegal student is another Irish under-16 graduate, having kept a clean sheet in the 3-0 win over Latvia in September. He received a call-up to the U17s after regular stopper Shane Fagan was ruled out for the season with a ligament injury.


Sean Long
Position: Defender
Club: Cherry Orchard:
First Stage Stats: 2 Games, 0 Goals
The 16 year old Dubliner played the full 80 minutes against Kazakhstan and Czech Republic in the First Stage. The right-back also impressed against Luletano in the Portuguese training camp, as well as against Serbia in September.


Kyle Callan-McFadden
Position: Defender
Club: Norwich City
First Stage Stats: 3 Games, 1 Goal
Donegal-born central defender Kyle McFadden won the 3/FAI International Under 16 Player of the Year Award, and with his confident displays for the Irish underage sides, he was handed the captain’s armband by manager John Morling. Scored Ireland’s fifth against Liechtenstein in the First Stage.


Ryan O’Reilly
Position: Defender
Club: Stoke City
First Stage Stats: 3 Games, 1 Goal
A tall centre-back also capable of playing in midfield, O’Reilly is a regular in Stoke City’s reserve side after signing at the Britannia in 2011. The former Ballyjamesduff Celtic centre-half had trials with Everton and even played for them in Brazil before agreeing a deal with Stoke. Captained the U17s against Serbia in September.


Sean Coyne
Position: Defender
Club: Cherry Orchard
First Stage Stats: 3 Games, 0 Goals
A former forward who has been transformed into a very comfortable defender, Coyne is a danger from set-pieces, and teams up well with fellow Cherry Orchard defender Sean Long.


Bradley Lewis
Position: Defender
Club: Aston Villa
First Stage Stats: 0 Games
The centre-back appeared for England under-16s last March but represented Ireland under-17s against Serbia in September, and looks to have committed himself to the Boys in Green for the foreseeable future.


Ryan McConnell
Position: Defender
Club: Letterkenny Rovers
First Stage Stats: 0 Games
McConnell is a former Glencar Celtic schoolboy who has attracted the interest of Manchester United in recent times. The centre-back represented the Red Devils at the U-17 Future Championship in Brazil, and United signed a deal with the 16 year old after the tournament.


Dylan Hayes
Position: Midfielder
Club: Derby County
First Stage Stats: 3 Games, 0 Goals
Bray native Dylan Hayes signed for Derby County last summer after impressing for both St. Joseph’s Boys and Ireland under-16s, with whom he scored against Denmark at the Avv. Michele Pierro Tournament in September 2010.


Thomas Mulroney
Position: Midfielder
Club: Crumlin United
First Stage Stats: 2 Games, 0 Goals
Dublin-born midfielder Thomas Mulroney has been a regular in Irish underage set-ups for the last few years, playing at u15 and u16 level before making the step-up to the u17s last year. Played against Kazakhstan and Czech Republic in the First Stage.


Jonathan Leddy
Position: Midfielder
Club: Ipswich Town
First Stage Stats: 3 Games, 1 Goals
A former Cavan Shramrocks youth, Jonny Leddy played all of Ireland’s First Stage games in central midfield, and bagged a goal against Liechtenstein.


Kevin O’Connor
Position: Midfielder
Club: St. Patrick’s Athletic
First Stage Stats: 2 Games, 0 Goals
Made two cameo appearances in the First Stage, but impressive performances against Serbia in Wexford meant O’Connor was kept in the squad for the Elite Stage. An attacking-minded midfielder who plays for St. Patrick’s Athletic under 19 side.


Jack Grealish
Position: Midfielder
Club: Aston Villa
First Stage Stats: 3 Games, 2 Goals
Like Villa teammate Bradley Lewis, Grealish has chosen Ireland over England. The 16 year old wonderkid was a sensation in the First Stage, scoring against Liechtenstein and Kazakhstan, and garnered a nomination for 3/FAI Under 16 International Player of the Year.


Dylan McGlade
Position: Midfielder
Club: Middlesbrough
First Stage Stats: 3 Games, 0 Goals
The former Shebourne midfielder can also play up front and signed for Middlesbrough last summer. A regular in Boro’s Academy side, McGlade is a creative threat going forward and provided plenty of spark against Liechtenstein.


Gary O’Neill
Position: Forward
Club: Wolverhampton Wanderers
First Stage Stats: 3 Games, 1 Goal
Kerry-native Gary O’Neill signed for Wolves from local side Kingdom Boys. The winger/forward turned down Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United, and Manchester City to sign for Mick McCarthy last summer. Credited with a goal and five assists against Liechtenstein.


Conor Wilkinson
Position: Forward
Club: Millwall
First Stage Stats: 3 Games, 0 Goals
A free-scoring forward for Millwall Academy side, and although he failed to find the net in the First Stage, showed in Portugal that he has a keen eye for goal.


Sam Byrne
Position: Forward
Club: Manchester United
First Stage Stats: 3 Games, 3 Goals
Former St. Joseph’s Boy Sam Byrne scored a hat-trick against Liechtenstein in the First Stage, and is Ireland’s greatest threat for the Elite Stage. Became a United Academy favourite when he scored his first goal for the club against ancient rivals Liverpool u18s in November.

Alan O’Sullivan
Position: Forward
Club: Home Farm
First Stage Stats: 0 Games
Made his first appearances for Ireland under-17s in Portugal, and scored on his first start – against Immortal Juniors – to win his place in the squad. Not likely to start in the Netherlands.

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  3. Paul Doolin names U19 squad for Euro 2012 Qualifiers
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