Sunday 20 October 2019

Kevin earns Under-21 cap

Kevin O'Connor added another string to his bow in the RSC in Waterford on Tuesday when he made his full international debut with the Ireland Under-21 team in a 0-0 friendly draw with Norway.

The Curracloe native and current Cork City regular played for the first 83 minutes before being replaced by Noe Baba as head coach Noel King ran the rule over a number of new players.

This is the latest in a long line of fine achievements for the talented young gun who joined the Leesiders 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 was recognised by Noel King, and he was on familiar territory 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 the previous Friday but King freshened up his squad, with O'Connor one of those to benefit.

'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 before the scoreless draw.

Meanwhile, there was no joy for Ethan Boyle and his Ireland Under-19 colleagues as their qualification hopes for the UEFA Championships were swept away on a windy Wednesday evening in the Markets Field in Limerick.

Scotland ran out comfortable 4-0 winners to progress to the elite phase, with Boyle replacing Dylan Watts of UCD in midfield after 57 minutes.

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