Locals called up for NI action

Thursday, 2 March 2017

FORMER Loughgall Youth starlet Keith Kearney and Silverbridge native Barney McKeown have been named in Stevie Frail's NI U18 side that takes on Denmark in two challenge matches this week.

Kearney, who now plies his trade for Rochdale AFC and McKeown, who plays for Portadown Youth, will face their Scandinavian opponents this evening (Tuesday February 28) at Dungannon at 7.30pm.

Two days later they will play host to their Danish counterparts at the home of Moyola Park at Mill Meadown.

Kick off is at 7.30pm and entry to both games is free.

Former Heart of Midlothian manager Stevie Frail, who now looks after the Northern Ireland U17 and U19 teams, has organised the games to bridge the gap between the U17 and U19 team ahead of the U19 European qualifiers later on this Autumn.

In other international news, Armagh City centre half Eoin Toal will hope to start for the Northern Ireland U18 Centenary Shield squad in their first game of the competition on Thursday (March 2).

The Centenary Shield is for players who are still in full-time education in Northern Ireland.

Toal, who was named as vice-captain prior to the tournament by manager Frankie Wilson, will hope to be in the starting line-up as they face the Republic of Ireland at Bangor FC on Thursday at 3pm.

The St Patrick's Grammar School student is joined in the panel by former City youth goalkeeper Conor Larkin, who now plies his trade with Portadown.


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