Republic of Ireland Under 21's

 Maloney and Sheridan Play for Ireland Under 21's

Former Belvedere players, Brendan Moloney  ( Nottingham Forest ) and Cillian Sheridan ( Celtic, on loan to Motherwell ) played for the Republic of Ireland Under 21 in their recent 2 - 1 win over Spain in Waterford on Friday 27th March and in the 3 - 0 defeat by Turkey at Turners Cross, Cork on Tuesday 31st March 2009. 

Republic of Ireland U21: Shane Redmond (Nottingham Forest/Eastwood Town); Brendan Moloney (Nottingham Forest), Ed Nolan (Preston North End), Darren Dennehy (Cardiff City/Hereford), Ian Bermingham (Shamrock Rovers); Stephen Gleeson (Wolves/MK Dons), David Meyler (Sunderland), Owen Garvan (Ipswich Town); Alan Judge (Blackburn Rovers/Plymouth), Cillian Sheridan Celtic/Motherwell), Jay O’Shea (Galway United).
Substitutes: James McCarthy (Hamilton Academical) for Meyler 46; Graham Carey (Celtic/Bohemians) for O'Shea 73; Christy Fagan (Hamilton Academical) for Judge 81.




Three Former Belvedere Players in Republic of Ireland Under 21 Squad

The Republic of Ireland U21 play Germany in a friendly international at Turner's Cross, Cork on Tuesday 10th February 2009.

Three former Belvedere players, Stephen Henderson ( Bristol City ), Brendan Moloney  ( Nottingham Forest ) and Cillian Sheridan ( Celtic, on loan to Motherwell ) have been included in manager Don Given's 18 man squad to face Germany who have qualified for the UEFA Championship of 2009 finals which will be held in Sweden in June.

Ireland will use this attractive friendly match as preparation for their 2011 UEFA Championship qualifiers match with Turkey on 31st March next. Estonia, Georgia, Switzerland and Armenia are also in  Ireland's qualifying group. 

Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad v Germany
Tuesday, 10/02/'09: Turner's Cross 7.30 pm kick-off: 

Shane Redmond - Nottingham Forest (on loan at Eastwood Town)
Stephen Henderson - Bristol City
Michael Spillane - Norwich City (on loan at Luton Town)
Eddie Nolan - Preston North End
Shane Lowry - Aston Villa
Brendan Moloney - Nottingham Forest
Christy Fagan - Unattached
James Barrett (Huddersfield Town)
John Joe O’Toole - Watford
Stephen Gleeson - Wolverhampton Wanderers
James McCarthy - Hamilton Academical
Owen Garvan - Ipswich Town
Michael Liddle - Sunderland (on loan at Carlisle United)
Alan Judge - Blackburn Rovers
David Meyler - Sunderland
Graham Carey - Celtic
Cillian Sheridan - Celtic (on loan at Motherwell)
Sean Scannell - Crystal Palace




Captain Treacy Scores for Republic of Ireland Under 21's

Former Belvedere player Keith Treacy, fresh from his Premier League debut for Blackburn Rovers on Saturday 16th August in their 3 - 2 away win over Everton, captained the Republic of Ireland and scored in their 1 - 1 draw away to Austria in a friendly international on Tuesday 19th August 2008. Keith was joined in the Irish squad by former Belvedere players Stephen Henderson (Bristol City ) and Gary Breen (Hereford United ).




Henderson Called Into Republic Ireland Under 21 Squad

Former Belvedere player Stephen Henderson ( Bristol City ) has been called into the Republic of Ireland squad for their UEFA Under 21 qualifier against Montenegro in Galway on Tuesday next 25th March. His former Belvedere team mate Keith Treacy (Blackburn Rovers ) had to withdraw due to injury, but Stephen will join up with another former Belvedere player Conor Powell (Bohemians) in  the Under 21 squad. 

Henderson graduates from last season’s Ireland Under-19 squad and has already featured for Bristol City’s first-team since moving to Ashton Gate in the summer from Aston Villa.

Stephen comes from a family with a great goalkeeping tradition ...............Read more >>>

UEFA Under-21 qualifier
Republic of Ireland v Montenegro
Terryland Park
Tuesday, March 25th
Kick-off 7.30pm

Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad (revised):
Shane Supple – Ipswich Town
Stephen Henderson – Bristol City
Eddie Nolan - Blackburn Rovers
Joe O'Cearuill - St. Patrick's Athletic
Darren Dennehy - Everton
Conor Powell - Bohemians
Darren O'Dea - Celtic
Stephen Gleeson - Wolverhampton Wanderers
Stephen Quinn - Sheffield United
Darron Gibson - Wolverhampton Wanderers
Chris McCann - Burnley
Jim O'Brien - Dundee United
Sean Scannell – Crystal Palace
Billy Clarke - Ipswich Town
Anthony Stokes - Sunderland
Leon Best - Coventry City
Andy Keogh - Wolverhampton Wanderers
John-Joe O'Toole - Watford.





Former Belvedere Players in Ireland Under 21 & B Teams

On Tuesday 20th November 2007 the Republic of Ireland Under 21's played Bulgaria at Athlone, while the Republic of Ireland Senior B team played Scotland in a friendly international at Airdrie. Former Belvedere players Conor Powell ( Bohemians ) and Alan Sheehan ( Leicester City ) played as the Under 21's won 1 - 0 , while Wesley Hoolahan ( Blackpool ) and Richie Byrne ( Aberdeen ) played as the B team drew 1 - 1, with the Richie scoring Ireland's goal. 





Republic Of Ireland Under 21 Debut for Keith Treacy

Three former Belvedere players were named in the Republic of Ireland squad for the UEFA Under 21 European Championship Group 3 qualifier  away to Montenegro on Friday 16th November 2007. Keith Treacy ( Blackburn Rovers ) made his debut, while Conor Powell ( Bohemians ) also played. Alan Sheehan ( Leicester City ) was an unused substitute.

UEFA Under-21 European Championship Group 3 qualifier
Montenegro 1 - 0 Republic of Ireland
Vujovic 4

The Republic of Ireland Under-21s fell to an unfortunate defeat in Montenegro, going down to an early goal despite dominating the game.

Ireland, under the management of Sean McCaffrey due to Don Givens’ caretaker role with the senior squad, gave debuts at this level to Watford’s impressive midfielder John Joe O’Toole and Keith Treacy of Blackburn Rovers.

Billy Clarke was missing through suspension, while Darren O’Dea and Anthony Stokes were promoted to the senior squad for tomorrow’s Euro 2008 qualifier in Wales. Furthermore, first-choice goalkeeper Darren Randolph was unavailable because of injury, as were Stephen O’Halloran and Owen Garvan.

McCaffrey’s men got off to the worst possible start, conceding an early goal after just four minutes. A swift counter attack left Ireland exposed at the back and striker Goran Vujovic found room on the right-hand side and blasted a powerful shot high into the Irish net.

Ireland’s carved out their first chance on nine minutes. Stephen Quinn was released on the left and the Sheffield United midfielder struck a shot across goal, which drifted just inches beyond the onrushing Adam Rooney.

Ireland enjoyed plenty of possession but found it difficult to breakdown a solid Montenegrin backline, with captain and right-full Elsad Zverotic looking particularly impressive.

Rooney’s next chance came on 29 minutes when he latched onto a pass down the left but his shot was put out for a corner by Bojan Radanovic.

The home side could have doubled their lead on 37 minutes. The lively Vujovic beat Keogh on the right and drilled a cross for strike-partner Ilija Spasojevic but he couldn’t connect properly and the chance was cleared.

It was Vujovic again who was causing problems four minutes later when his snap-shot from 18 yards flew just wide of the Irish post.

Keith Treacy almost drew Ireland level in the final minute of the half when he unleashed a wonderful curling shot from all of 30 yards.

However, with the ‘keeper well beaten, the shot went just a foot wide of the post, denying the Blackburn Rovers winger a debut goal.

The first chance of the second half fell to Ireland on 65 minutes. Stephen Quinn, enjoying a productive game in midfield, fed a delightful ball to put Adam Rooney one-on-one with Radanovic but the Montenegrin stopper blocked his effort.

One minute later, Ireland threatened again. Treacy pulled back inside and drilled a powerful effort but it was straight at Radanovic.

Ireland were now piling on the pressure and on 65 minutes switched to a more attacking formation, with Everton striker Aidan Downes replacing midfielder JJ O’Toole.

Downes could have got his name on the score-sheet in the 81st minute. Quinn crossed the ball into the box but Downes didn’t get enough purchase on his shot that flew harmlessly over the crossbar.

Conor Sammon was introduced in the dying minutes to strengthen the Irish attack and the UCD striker almost made an immediate impact but he could not direct Keith Treacy’s cross towards the goal.

Ireland bombarded the Montenegro goalmouth as the game drew to a close but were unable to find the goal that would have salvaged a point.

Sean McCaffrey commented afterwards: “We could have won 3-0 or lost 3-0, it was that sort of game. I thought Montenegro were the better team in the first half and took their chance, whereas we were the better team in the second half and didn’t take our chances.

“We started poorly and gave away a verysoft goal. But there are some positives to take – we played very well for 70 minutes and we had some very good performances. Eddie Nolan, Stephen Gleeson, Keith Treacy, Adam Rooney, Stephen Quinn – I thought they all played very well.

“That is three games in a row that this team have conceded an early goal and failed to score. You need to take your chances and we aren’t doing that."

McCaffrey gave a positive appraisal on the future of Irish football, in spite of today’s reverse.

“Generally, I think the state of Irish football between the ages of 19 and 21 is very good,” he said. “There is probably a whole team of players under the age of 21 that aren’t in this squad for various reasons – the likes of Andy Keogh, Paul McShane, Aidan McGeady, Anthony Stokes, Stephen O’Halloran, Darren O’Dea.”

Bulgaria’s visit to Lissywoolen Stadium in Athlone next Tuesday (7.45pm) now takes on added significance, as Ireland seek to record their first points of this UEFA Under-21 European Championship campaign.

Montenegro: Bojan Radanovic; Elsad Zverotic (Capt.), Blazo Igumanovic, Mijusko Bojovic, Milko Novakovic; Darko Markovic, Predrag Brenovic (Petar Vukcevic, 73 mins), Marko Vidovic (Ivan Delic, 58 mins.), Marko Cetkovic; Gorman Vujovic, Ilija Spasjjevic (Drasko Bozovic, 81 mins.)
Substitutes not used: Milan Mijatovic, Miroslav Kaluderovic, Miroje Jovanovic, Krsto Zvicer

Republic of Ireland: Darren Quigley (UCD); Eddie Nolan (Blackburn Rovers), Conor Powell (Bohemians), Joe O’Cearuill (Barnet), Richard Keogh (Bristol City) – captain; John-Joe O’Toole (Watford) - Aidan Downes (Everton) - 69 mins, Stephen Gleeson (Wolves), Stephen Quinn (Sheffield United); Adam Rooney (Stoke City), Jim O’Brien (Celtic) - Conor Sammon (UCD) - 88 mins, Keith Treacy (Blackburn Rovers).
Substitutes not used: Alan Sheehan (Leicester City), Chris McCann (Burnley), Shane Supple (Ipswich Town), Michael Spillane (Norwich City).

Referee: Fariz Yusifov (Azerbaijan).




Brace for Gaynor as Ireland Under 21's Draw 

Former Belvedere player Ross Gaynor ( Millwall ) making his Republic of Ireland Under 21 debut was hero of the day when scored both goals as they drew 2 - 2 with Madeira on Wednesday February 28th. He was joined in the Irish squad by former Belvedere player Conor Powell ( Bohemians ).

February 28th 2007

Madeira 2 – 2 Republic of Ireland U21

The Millwall striker’s excellent finishes helped secure a 2-2 draw for Don Givens’s youngsters against the host nation in the Madeira Invitational Tournament. Ireland has never been beaten in this competition and Gaynor’s double maintained that record.

The Irish will meet Portugal on Friday (12.00 noon) in a game that will decide the destination of the trophy. The Portuguese beat Slovakia 4-0 in the other game of the day. Madeira took the lead in the 15th minute through Jose Costa, who produced a prodigious lob over Irish keeper Rene Gilmartin from 30 yards.

Ireland equalised four minutes later after Jim O’Brien made a brilliant left-wing run before pulling the ball back for Gaynor to fire home via a deflection. Madeira regained the lead in the 44th minute after a left-wing free-kick by Carlos Moniz was headed home by Ricardo Sousa.

Madeira kept things tight after the break but James Simmonds came close to equalising in the 51st minute only to be denied by keeper Jose Silva. It was not until the 75th minute that either side next threatened with UCD midfielder Ronan Finn shooting narrowly across goal.

Gaynor was the Irish hero in the 83rd minute when he was cleverly set-up by Michael Synnott and smashed past the exposed Silva for a beautiful equaliser. Ardee native Gaynor was unlucky not to get a hat-trick in injury time effort with a shot just over from the edge of the box.

Madeira – Silva; Freitas, Moniz, Graca, R Sousa, Gouveia, So, Faria, Ramos, Costa, Rodrigues. Subs – M Sousa for Gouveia 46 mins; Pereira for Ramos 46; Vissimo for So 46; D Goncalves for Rodrigues 76; L Sousa for Costa 81.

Republic of Ireland – Gilmartin (Walsall); Kane (Blackburn), Powell (Bohemians), Murphy (MK Dons), O’Halloran (Aston Villa), Kelly (Bohemians), Simmonds (Chelsea), Morris (Scunthorpe), O’Brien (Celtic), Gaynor (Millwall), Hayes (Reading). Subs – Chambers (Shelbourne) for O’Brien 46; Finn (UCD) for Powell 46; Dennehy (Sunderland) for Hayes 52; Synnott (Ipswich) for Kane 67.

Referee – P Paraty (Portugal).



  Conor Powell

Conor Powell Wins First Republic of Ireland Under 21 Cap

Luxembourg  0 - 2  Republic of Ireland 

 October 18th 2006 

Second half goals by Anthony Stokes and Andy Keogh gave the Irish, managed by Don Givens, a win they thoroughly deserved.

This fixture was designed to help bed in the next crop of Irish youngsters for the UEFA Under-21 Championships qualifying campaign next year.

Givens handed five starting debuts at this level to Arsenal’s Joe O’Cearuill, Blackburn’s Tony Kane, Scunthorpe’s Ian Morris, John-Paul Kelly of Bohemians and Darren Stapleton, who is without a club.

After an inspired first half display by goalkeeper Jeff Oster, Luxembourg kept the Irish at bay early on.

But they were blown away once Stokes opened the scoring 69 seconds after the restart. He smashed home a volley from a left-wing cross by Conor Powell of Bohemians,.winning his first Under 21 cap.

They were finished off when Keogh knocked home a penalty in the 63rd minute after he had been taken down by the goalkeeper.

Stokes had earlier hit the crossbar with a clever lob in the 57th minute.

Ireland's manager, Don Givens, said: "It wasn’t an easy task to break down the Luxembourg team who were set up with nearly all their men behind the ball. Our lads were disciplined enough to be patient and I knew that when they scored the first goal, we would win the game comfortably.”

“For a new group of players, I was very satisfied with their performance. As with any new group, especially for the younger players, they have a bit to learn but that’s natural at this stage of their career.”

Republic of Ireland:
Darren Quigley (UCD); Tony Kane (Blackburn), Joe O'Cearuill (Arsenal), Richard Keogh (Bristol City), Darren Stapleton (Unattached), Patrick Cregg (Falkirk), Ian Morris (Scunthorpe), Gary Dicker (UCD), John-Paul Kelly (Bohemians), Andrew Keogh (Scunthorpe), Anthony Stokes (Arsenal). Subs: Wilson (Portsmouth) for Dicker 46 mins, Hand ( Huddersfield) for Morris 46, Powell (Bohemians) for Stapleton 46; Randolph (Charlton) for Quigley 46; O’Halloran (Aston Villa) for R Keogh 56.



  Alan Sheehan

Republic of Ireland Under 21 Debut for Alan Sheehan

Congratulations to former Belvedere player Alan Sheehan (Leicester City ) who made his debut for the Republic of Ireland Under 21's in the 2 - 2 draw with Israel at Flancare Park, Longford, on Friday 3rd June 2004.

Former Belvedere players, Stephen Kelly ( Spurs ) and Terry Masterson ( Milwall ) were also included in the original squad but both were forced to cry off due to injuries.

Despite a poor first half performance, conceding two goals, Ireland bounced back and managed to force a draw with a fine second half display, thanks to goals from Daryl Murphy (67 mins) and Kevin Doyle (77 mins).

Two of Alan's former coaches at Belvedere, Pat Harman and Tony Murray travelled to Longford to see him make his Under 21 international debut.

Republic of Ireland Under 21 Versus Israel:

 Wayne Henderson (Aston Villa), Kevin Foley (Luton Town), Paddy McCarthy (Leicester City), John Fitzgerald (Blackburn Rovers), Alan Sheehan (Leicester City), Darren Potter (Liverpool), Glenn Whelan (Sheffield Wednesday), David Bell (Rushden & Diamonds), Aiden McGeady (Celtic), Jay Tabb (Brentford Daryl Murphy (Waterford United). Subs: Stephen Paisley (Longford Town) for Fitzgerald (inj) at half time, Kevin Doyle (Cork City) for Bell (60 mins) and Joey O'Brien ( Bolton ) for Whelan (77 mins).

 Manager: Don Givens