Kennedy keen for repeat show against Irish youth

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The Irish lads’ visit is part of their final preparation for the forthcoming Centenary Shield international series against Scotland, England, the Republic of Ireland and Wales.

Northern Ireland coach Bob Ramsey said: ‘We are looking forward to both games; this is a big time for the association and the players and having the opportunity to have four days together is wonderful preparation for us once again.

‘We’ve had a good start to the year with a 3-0 victory against Australia last midweek but unfortunately five boys from that game will be missing because two have moved into the U17 group, two into the U19s while another is injured.

‘However, this gives us the chance to look at five other players and in international football that is a bonus for them and us.

‘Our squad is similar to last year, we are a small nation and do not have a lot of players to select from like other countries.

Having four days helps us get the squad playing to the system we want; this trip is not about development it’s about moulding a team together for a tournament and that is the difficult part.’

Jersey manager Dave Kennedy said: ‘This is the last chance we have to look at the players in a match before the Muratti semi-final next month; we were going to play more fringe players, but with injuries and unavailability we are unable to do that.

‘We played well on Saturday and there will be fresh faces tonight with Gary Lloyd, Chris Conning, Scott Healey and Barry Beatson getting opportunities.

‘We have now set the bar with the level of performance we gave against Reading on Saturday and we must aspire to that level now in every game we play.

‘If we can do that performance wise and get the right result in the end then that will be great.’

Kick-off is at 7.30 pm.

Jersey: Gary Lloyd, Craig Fletcher, Kevan Crowell, Scott Devlin, Stuart Andr?, James O’Haire, Mark Lucas, Chris Conning, Chris Andrews, Liam Walshe, Dave Le Roux, Scott Healey, Barry Beatson, Craig Leitch and Marco Vieira.

Northern Ireland U18: Matthew Quinn, Paul Fisher, Chris Coleman, Kris McAdam, Martin Hamilton, Jason Bannon, Ross Redman, Andrew McGarel, Andrew Hall, Gary Thompson, Grant Hutchinson, Samuel Stewart, Mark Nicell, Colum Curtis, Adam McKinney, Patrick Donnelly, Aarron Haire and Sean Farry.

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