Finn Harps Football Club has welcomed the news that Ethan Boyle has been included by Republic of Ireland Under 21 Head Coach Noel King in his squad for Saturday week’s UEFA U21 Championships Qualifying Round Group 5 fixture against Kosovo at Tallaght Stadium (kick-off 1:00) while goalkeeper Harry Doherty is on standby for the international game.
“It’s great news for Finn Harps that Ethan is in the squad and that Harry Doherty has been put on standby by Noel King for the qualifier against Kosovo on Saturday week at the Tallaght Stadium” a club spokesperson said. It’s the opening game of the 2019 UEFA U21 Championships qualifiers.
Ireland is grouped with Germany, Israel, Norway, Azerbaijan and Kosovo, who are entering the UEFA U21 qualifiers for the first time.
Boyle, who can play in defence or midfield impressed for the Republic of Ireland home based squad in a friendly against the Irish Amateur side last month at the AUL Complex in Dublin. Fellow Harps player Harry Doherty also featured as a sub keeper in that game. Boyle was signed by Ollie Horgan prior to the 2016 Premier Division season.
He made a total of 30 appearances for Finn Harps in all competitions, including 24 in the league, last season. Despite interest from other clubs including Waterford, Horgan persuaded Boyle to sign a new deal for the 2017 campaign. Doherty, who was formerly on the books of both Charlton Athletic and Brighton & Hove Albion, joined Finn Harps in January from Ulster Senior League side Cockhill Celtic and made his debut in the recent game away to Bray Wanderers.
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