Mur­phy named in Ire­land U-19 squad

Bray People - - GENERAL SPORT -

CONOR MUR­PHY'S im­pres­sive start to life at the Carlisle Grounds has earned him a place in the Repub­lic of Ire­land U-19 squad for their friendly dou­ble-header in Cyprus.

Paul Doolin's young­sters travel east for their clash with Cyprus on Satur­day, March 26, be­fore tak­ing on Cypriot club Par­al­imni FC's U-21 side three days later on Tues­day, March 29.

And Bray Wan­der­ers star­let Conor Mur­phy has been in­cluded in the 22 man squad. The for­mer Mid­dles­brough young­ster joined the Seag­ulls from Sham­rock Rovers and the 18-year-old made an im­me­di­ate im­pres­sion, bag­ging a brace in Wan­der­ers' 2-3 vic­tory over St. Pa­trick's Ath­letic af­ter com­ing on as a sec­ond half sub­sti­tute.

Speak­ing at the an­nounce­ment of the squad, Doolin re­vealed he felt that the trip to Cyprus was an ideal warm-up ahead of his side's par­tic­i­pa­tion in the UEFA Un­der-19 Cham­pi­onship elite stage qual­i­fiers from May 24-29.

'The time spent in Cyprus with the squad on the train­ing ground and in the matches will be vi­tal prepa­ra­tion for the May UEFA elite qual­i­fiers,' said Doolin.

'We had in­tended stag­ing a train­ing camp for this month un­til Cyprus of­fered to play us. Hav­ing a sec­ond match a few days later against League op­po­si­tion will also be valu­able.

'Choos­ing the squad was about get­ting the bal­ance right be­tween es­tab­lished squad mem­bers and lads that de­serve a chance of be­ing as­sessed at in­ter­na­tional level.

'By the end of this trip, the plan is to have seen over 30 play­ers in the matches in Croa­tia and Cyprus. That should give me a good idea when it comes around to pick­ing the squad for the UEFA qual­i­fiers.'

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