Conor gets the call
Gorey lad Conor Levingston has been named by Republic of Ireland Under-19 head coach Tom Mohan in his squad for the forthcoming UEFA Championships qualifying round.
The Irish head to Tirana for a testing mini-group when they face Albania, Germany and Gibraltar, with the top two sides progressing to the main qualifying round. Georgia will host the final tournament from July 2 to 15, 2017.
Levingston, the Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder, will be hoping to get game time with three outings in the space of six days, starting on Thursday, October 6, against Albania in Tirana.
Durres is the venue for the tie against Gibraltar on Saturday, and it will also host the meeting with Germany next Tuesday, October 11.
Meanwhile, the continued excellence of Wexford's Kevin O'Connor has been recognised again with his selection on Noel King's squad for the UEFA Under-21 Championships qualifier against Serbia in the R.S.C., Waterford, next Friday.
The Republic of Ireland will be hoping to make up for their 3-2 loss to the same opponents in Novi Sad in September, and O'Connor is likely to play a key role.
The ex-Curracloe United player scored for his club, Cork City, in their 5-3 win over Galway United recently. He is one of just three League of Ireland players among the 19-man squad along with clubmate Seán Maguire and Seán Hoare of St. Patrick's Athletic.
And he also has a second successive FAI Cup final to look forward to against Dundalk or Derry City after the Leesiders beat St. Patrick's Athletic on Sunday.