Murphy named in Ireland U-19 squad
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.'