LOCAL HERO Darragh Reilly
FORMER Castlebar Celtic striker Darragh Reilly had the honour of captaining the Republic of Ireland Under-16s against England in a recent friendly.
The Sligo Rovers man and Parke native was named in Paul Osam’s 20-man squad ahead of two friendlies against Denmark and England last week.
Reilly was handed the armband for the England test, and played a big part as Republic of Ireland won out on penalties after a 3-3 draw after normal time at England’s FA headquarters in St George’s Park last Thursday afternoon.
Reilly was the only Mayo man to be named in the squad and if he continues in the upward curve that he is currently on, will have a huge future in the game.
“We’ve a lot of good players in the squad and it’s possibly the first squad in the last few years we’ve had to leave players out because of the high standard,” Osam said. “Those players who have missed out were very lucky but there seems to be an abundance of quality players at this particular age group.
“Traditionally England have a massive pool of players to choose from so they have the pick of the crop and they always have very strong underage teams. We’re going in to win the game, be positive, play on the front foot and cause England as many problems as they may cause us.”