Niall Morahan in action for Ireland U19s against Russia earlier this year
Leitrim Village's Niall Morahan has been handed dramatic late call-up to the Republic of Ireland U19 squad who are in action in the European Championships in Armenia next week.
The Sligo Rovers and former Carrick Town player was called up the squad who open their campaign against Norway next Monday, July 15, with games against France and the Czech Republic in Group B over the next six days.
Ireland qualified unbeaten through their qualifying group as Niall is one of four League of Ireland players in the squad and the games will be televised live on RTE next week (details below).
Manager Tom Mohan revealed that up to 11 players had not been released for the tournament by their clubs: "All of the players who were unavailable have been promoted to their respective senior teams at club level and we wish them the very best of luck as they advance in their careers.
"Although it is frustrating to be without so many players, I am both relieved and delighted to have the group of players that we now have in camp. We have really good players in this squad and they impressed in a training camp in the FAI National Training Centre and again at QPR’s Academy. So we have a group of players who are in a positive mindset and keen to make the most of this opportunity.”
The full Republic of Ireland U19 Squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Brian Maher (St Patrick’s Athletic), George McMahon (Burnley)
Defenders: Andy Lyons (Bohemians), Mark McGuinness (Arsenal), Oisin McEntee (Newcastle United), Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich City), Jack James (Unattached), Kameron Ledwidge (Southampton), Ciaran Brennan (Sheffield Wednesday)
Midfielders: Joe Hodge (Manchester City), Lee O’Connor (Manchester United), Barry Coffey (Celtic), Niall Morahan (Sligo Rovers), Brandon Kavanagh (Shamrock Rovers), Conor Grant (Sheffield Wednesday)
Forwards: Jonathan Afolabi (Unattached), Ali Reghba (Leicester City), Tyreik Wright (Aston Villa), Matt Everitt (Brighton & Hove Albion), Festy Ebosele (Derby County)
UEFA European Under-19 Championship – Group B
Monday, 15 July: Republic of Ireland v Norway, Yerevan Football Academy Stadium, KO 15:45 (Irish Time) – Live on RTÉ2
Thursday, 18 July: Republic of Ireland v France, Banats Stadium, Yerevan, KO 18:00 (Irish Time) – Live on RTÉ2
Sunday, 21 July: Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic, Yerevan Football Academy Stadium, KO 18:00 (Irish Time) – Live on RTÉ2