TWO OF Kilkenny’s bright young soccer stars will be hoping to score some international glory this weekend.
Former Evergreen duo Michael Drennan and Sean Maguire are in Eastern Europe as part of Paul Doolin’s under-19 squad to play Latvia in a friendly this Saturday (kick-off 2pm Irish time).
The game will act as preparation for the UEFA under-19 Championship first qualifying round, which will be held in Luxemburg in October. Ireland will play the hosts, Germany and Macedonia.
Drennan has been in fine scoring form for Aston Villa, playing for both the club’s reserve side and their UEFA under-19 NextGen Series team. Maguire, who scored a hat-trick for the Kilkenny & District League youths in their All-Ireland final win in 2011, has been a revelation with Waterford United this season.
The Kilkenny & District League have appointed managers for their Development Squads.
The under-12 side, who will be managed by Michael Hoban, will begin training on Friday at 6pm in Derdimus. Clubs are asked to send five players to trial game. Names to Michael Hoban, tel 086-2276602 before the trial.
The under-16 Development Squad will be led by Noel Tuohy and Denis Hynes. Training begins tomorrow (Thursday) in Derdimus at 6.30pm. Again, clubs are asked to send five players each. Names to Denis, tel 087-7815000 or Noel, tel 086-2784177 before the game.
The under-14 squad, who will compete in the Kennedy Cup, have already started training with their manager Darren Murray.
The Kilkenny branch of the Irish Soccer Referees Society will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special dinner-dance in the Springhill Court Hotel on Friday. Tickets are available from any member of the society.
As part of the occasion, the Irish Referees’ Council will hold a national meeting in the hotel on Saturday.
The Freebooters Mini Academy will resume at The Watershed on Saturday from 10 to 11am. Admission is E3. New members welcome, but players must be 5 years of age or older.
FAI Junior Cup
The draw have been made for the opening rounds of the FAI Junior Cup. Matches for teams from Wexford, Carlow, the Combined Counties, Kilkenny, Kildare and Wicklow are:
Round One - Stretford United v Highview Athletic.
Round Two - North End United v Bridge Rovers, St Peter’s v Killavilla, Bridge United v Woodstock Celts, St Leonard’s v Curracloe United, Campile United v Ferns United A, Bagenalstown v St Cormac’s, Wolfe Tone Celtic v Edenderry Town, Suncroft v Bridge United (Kildare), Newpark v Killenagh Rangers, New Ross Town v Lions, Mountmellick United v Rathangan, Duncannon v Cloughbawn, New Ross Celtic v Crettyard United, Mullingar Athletic v Ferns Celtic, Castle Rangers v Hanover Harps, Southend United v Evergreen, Fort Rangers v Bunclody, Stretford United or Highview Athletic v Moyne Rangers, Freebooters v Coill Dubh, New Oak Boys A v Parkville United, Clara Town v Rathnew, Courtown Hibs v Gorey Celtic, New Oak Boys B v St Patrick’s Boys, Tombrack United v Birr Town, Willow Park v Castle Villa, Stoneyford United v Arklow Town, Wexford Bohs v Kilree Celtic, Gorey Rangers v CK United.
First round games will be played on the weekend of September 15/16. Round two games are scheduled for October 13/14, with rounds three and four in November, round five in December. Rounds six and seven will be played in January and February, with the quarter-finals and semi-finals in March and April respectively. The Aviva Stadium will host the final in May.