Rowe is se­lected for Ire­land U-23 squad

Bray People - - Sport -

GER ROWE has been in­cluded in Pat Fen­lon’s Repub­lic of Ire­land U-23 squad to face Bel­gium but there was no place for ei­ther Derek Pen­der or Paddy Ka­vanagh.

Pen­der has without doubt been of Bray’s best per­form­ers this sea­son and will most cer­tainly be in the run­ning for the club’s Player of the Year award.

Ka­vanagh has also been one of Bray’s bright sparks and the club’s top goalscorer, but Fen­lon doesn’t seem to think they are play­ing well enough to be in­cluded, some­thing that has left Gorm­ley con­fused, in par­tic­u­lar with Pen­der’s ex­clu­sion.

‘ They’re two qual­ity play­ers. How Derek Pen­der doesn’t get into it is be­yond me. For me he’s one of the top full­backs, if not the top full back in the league. He’s been ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing for us this year, he’s been so con­sis­tent and he’s never had a bad game for Bray. It just sur­prised me that he in par­tic­u­lar hasn’t got a shout to come in.’

As for Rowe, he ad­mits ‘Buzzer’ hasn’t en­joyed a first sea­son to ri­val Fer­nando Tor­res’ at Liver­pool but he is still 100% be­hind his num­ber 24 and has ev­ery con­fi­dence in him.

‘ I don’t think Ger’s been fir­ing on all cylin­ders for us. When you look at Paddy and Derek they’ve prob­a­bly been do­ing a lit­tle bit more than Ger.

‘ But Ger’s a qual­ity player and I think it’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore he turns the cor­ner you know. He’s got bun­dles of abil­ity and hope­fully all he needs is a big goal to get him go­ing again for the runin un­til the end of the sea­son. It’s a great achieve­ment for him.’

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