A host of players from the North West will be representing Northern Ireland at the UEFA Regions Cup Intermediate Round qualifiers competition, in Moldova next week.
Institute duo Ryan Morrow and Gareth Brown, along with Limavady United men Paul Wells, Hugh Carlin, Bryan McClelland and Benny McFadden are just some of the players from the area who are in Harry McConkey’s squad, which travels to Moldova this weekend.
Also in the 18-man panel is Newbuildings United striker Steven Wallace and Dergview men Kealan Mulcahy, Richard Lynch and Kyle Friel Curran.
The squad start their UEFA Regions Cup campaign against Turkey on Monday November 14, before facing Switzerland two days later on November 16 and finishing up with the hosts on Friday November 18 and the group winners qualify for the finals in June 2017.
Boss McConkey watched his side narrowly lose 1-0 to their Republic of Ireland counterparts a few weeks ago, but he was pleased with the game.
“The Republic have just come off the back of qualifying for the finals having beaten teams from Italy and Macedonia and drawn with Slovenia in topping their group,” he said.
“They were delighted to get another work out, while it offered us a gauge before we go to Moldova.”
The squad is as follows: Goalkeepers: Paul Wells (Limavady United) & Kealan Mulcahy (Dergview).
Defenders: Hugh Carlin (Limavady United), Darren Teague (Strathroy Harps), Dylan Forbes (Strabane), Lee Warnock (Ardstraw), Ryan Morrow (Institute), Colin Robinson (Dergview), Bryan McClelland (Limavady United). Midfielders: Blaine Burns (Dergview), Kyle Harte (Strabane), Conal Crawford (Strabane), Benny McFadden (Limavady United), Richard Lynch (Dergview), Stephen Browne (Beragh). Forwards: Steven Wallace (Newbuildngs United), Kyle Friel Curran (Dergview), Gareth Brown (Institute).