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Keenan called up for U-21 tie

European U-21 Championship

By Stuart McKinley

Published 05/09/2007

Larne goalkeeper Chris Keenan has been drafted into the Northern Ireland under-21 squad for Friday's European Championship qualifier against Germany at Mourneview Park.

Sunderland shot-stopper Trevor Carson has been forced out through injury and, after watching the Inver Park side recently, manager Roy Millar had no hesitation in calling upon the highly rated Keenan.

Millar's squad is, however, reduced to 19 players after Tony Kane was promoted to the senior ranks.

Manchester United defender Craig Cathcart has joined up with the squad after missing last month's game at home to Finland.

Keenan will try to mount a challenge to captain Jonny Tuffey, who has established himself as the first-choice goalkeeper at Scottish First Division side Partick Thistle this season.

And, after securing three points in their group opener away to Moldova in June and coming from a goal down to beat Finland at the Ballymena Showgrounds just over two weeks ago Tuffey, who has won six under-21 caps, wants another three points against the Germans to set the team up for next Wednesday's away game in Luxembourg.

"It is a massive game and one that everybody involved in is really looking forward to," said Tuffey.

" We got off to a great start winning away in Moldova and then we backed that up with our recent friendly win over Finland.

"We're not just looking to put in a good performance against the Germans, the most important thing is getting the three points, it doesn't matter how we do it."

Admission on Friday night is cash at the turnstiles, £5 for adults and £3 concessions.

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