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Long captains Ireland U19s to victory

29 May 2014

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Young Reading defender Sean Long captained the Republic of Ireland to a 2-1 victory over Iceland on Wednesday night, in their first UEFA U19s Championships Elite Qualifying Round Group Four game.

Icelandic Royals youngster Sammi Fridjonsson played the full 90 for the losing side, while playmaker Liam Kelly was an unused substitute for the Emerald Isle.

In the next round of fixtures, Ireland take on Turkey at 7pm this Friday night, while Iceland play Serbia at 3pm on the same day.

Jordan Obita watched from the sidelines as England drew 1-1 with Korea Republic in their third game of the U20s Toulon Tournament. The Three Lions take on Columbia on Friday, 4.15pm kick off on BT Sport 1, and a win or a draw would secure their place in the third-fourth play-off match against France or Portugal.

Defenders Alex Pearce and Stephen Kelly will hope to be involved for the Republic of Ireland in games against Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal over the next couple of weeks, with the match with the Italians this Saturday, 7.45pm at Craven Cottage.

The duo watched from the bench as the Emerald Isle lost 2-1 to Turkey in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.

Our goalkeeper Jonathan Henly has been away with Scotland U21s at a training camp, and was an unused sub for their UEFA qualifier with the Netherlands on Wednesday night, which they lost 6-1.

Royals defender Chris Gunter has been added to Chris Coleman's Wales squad for their June friendly against Holland in Amsterdam.

The right-back, who came second in our supporters' Player of the Season vote last season, had not been included in the Welsh squad due to injury, but the 24-year-old is now fit to link up with the squad, which also includes Hal Robson-Kanu, ahead of the friendly on 4th June.

Young defenders Pierce Sweeney and Shane Griffin both played a part in Ireland U21s' 1-1 draw with Qatar in Germany last Saturday, Sweeney playing the first half of the friendly while Griffin managed the full ninety minutes.




Elsewhere in our Academy, trio Harry Cardwell, Dominic Hyam and George McLennan all featured on Scotland's narrow 2-1 defeat to England in their Group 1 game of the Elite Round of the UEFA U19 Championship. The youngsters will now hope to be involved in their final match against Montenegro on Thursday 29th at Walsall.

Young striker Bogdan Vastsuk has also received a call up to Estonia's under-21s squad for their UEFA 2013-15 qualification match with Russia on Saturday night.

Previously, 16-year-old duo Jake Sheppard and Zak Jules, both second year scholars next season, were part of Scotland U17s impressive run to the semi-finals of the UEFA U17 Championships - read more here.


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