Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Trio earn Ireland U21 calls

Paddy Madden

Wim Koevermans has drafted three men into his Ireland Under-21s squad for Tuesday's final European Championship qualifier against Turkey, with suspensions and injuries taking their toll.

The temporary boss has lost Anthony Stokes and Eddie Nolan, who picked up second yellow cards during Friday night's 1-0 defeat in Switzerland, while Alan Judge and Gavin Gunning sustained groin problems in the same game.

Paddy Madden, of Bohemians, and Galway United pair Seamus Conneely and Karl Sheppard have been added to the squad as a result.

The absences come as a further blow to Ireland, who as they have done so often during the campaign, created more than enough chances to win in Switzerland, but ultimately left empty-handed courtesy of Fabien Frei's 47th-minute winner.

Koevermans said: "It was a strange game. In the first half, we played very well and created some great chances, but it's not enough to create chances - you also have to score them.

"If we had scored two or three of them, then it probably would have been game over, but the Swiss made a change to their midfield at half-time and after two minutes of the second half, they scored.

"The game turned a little bit in the second half. We brought on an extra striker to try to get the equaliser, but it wasn't to be.

"We deserved to get a goal, but unfortunately it didn't happen."

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