Under-21 call-up for O'Connor

By Alan Aherne

Published 17/11/2015 | 12:35

8 November 2015; Richard Towell, Dundalk FC, in action against Kevin O'Connor, Cork City FC. Irish Daily Mail Cup Final, Dundalk FC v Cork City FC. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2015; Richard Towell, Dundalk FC, in action against Kevin O'Connor, Cork City FC. Irish Daily Mail Cup Final, Dundalk FC v Cork City FC. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE

Former Curracloe United player Kevin O'Connor has been included on the Republic of Ireland Under-21 soccer squad for their friendly against Norway in the RSC in Waterford this Wednesday (November 18) at 7.45 p.m.

This is the latest in a long line of fine achievements for the talented young gun who joined Cork City earlier this season. He firmly established himself in the side, first at left-back before moving to midfield, and was one of their best performers in the 1-0 FAI Cup final loss to double-winning Dundalk.

O'Connor's good form has been recognised by Under-21 head coach Noel King, and he will be on familiar territory tonight as he joined Cork City from Waterford United where he was a real fans' favourite at the RSC.

The Irish suffered a disappointing 3-1 loss to Lithuania in Vilnius on Friday but King has freshened up his squad. O'Connor is one of those to benefit, and the coach has hinted that the new faces will all get a chance to impress.

'We have brought in some players who have impressed in the SSE Airtricity League this year while also bringing in some of the players from the 1996 age-group, and they all have an opportunity to make a mark and represent their country,' he said.

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