Belfast Telegraph

Harry McConkey's boys aiming to sign off on a high note

By Staff Reporter

Northern Ireland may not be able to reach the final of this year's Uefa Regions Cup, but the squad of amateur internationals are determined to enjoy their final match in the competition.

Harry McConkey's Eastern Region take on Polish side Dolnoslaski at Shelbourne's Tolka Park this afternoon (3pm) with both teams knowing they can't reach Saturday's decider at Tallaght Stadium.

Hosts the Republic of Ireland and the Croatian representatives are the favourites to win their respective groups.

Manager McConkey, however, believes his team will show plenty of fighting spirit in today's game, after a 2-2 draw with Germans Wurttemberg on Friday and a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Croatians on Sunday.

Former Ballinamallard United boss McConkey said: "We have a wonderful psyche that we're best as an underdog; that's in our country - in our DNA.

"My boys run on adrenaline. They'll play their hearts out. It sounds very emotional, but it's true. They love it - and if you get the results, they float."

The Amateur International squad has certainly provided a path to success in the past.

Brentford winger Stuart Dallas first pulled on the green shirt of Northern Ireland when he was selected by McConkey to play in the 2010 Quadrangular trophy while at Coagh United. Dallas made his first competitive start for Northern Ireland's senior squad against Romania last month.

Stuart's younger brother Marcus, who is currently with Loughgall, is part of the squad that will play Poland this afternoon.

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