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Introducing ‘LOI Action’ with Kenny’s Kids

For the final few weeks of the League of Ireland season, there will be a new feature brought to you by Kenny’s Kids and Pundit Arena.

Anyone who follows Kenny’s Kids will know that the Twitter account focuses on Ireland internationals, Ireland underage internationals and any other promising Irishmen under the age of 24.

As the League of Ireland becomes more and more important to the future of Irish football due to Brexit implications, we feel like it is time to look closer to home.


Kenny’s Kids: Premier Division

Shamrock Rovers: 3 (Mandroiu 4′ & 23′, Emakhu 87′) 

Finn Harps: 0 

Shamrock Rovers secured the league title at Tallaght Stadium as Danny Mandroiu (who trained with Ireland during the Summer) bagged a brace in a 3-0 win over Finn Harps. Ireland U19 striker Aidomo Emakhu (18) also scored courtesy of an assist from Ireland international Graham Burke. 

Emakhu has enjoyed a very promising debut season for the Hoops and it was fitting for the youngster to score in their title-deciding victory. Former Ireland international Joey O’Brien also started for the champions.

Longford: 1 (Williams 51′) 

St Pat’s: 4 (Smith 29′, 44′ & 90′, Lewis 84′) 

FAI Cup finalists St Pat’s were comfortable winners away at Longford as Scotsman Matty Smith scored three and assisted another. Ireland U19 defender James Abankwah (CB, 17) and 19-year-old sensation Darragh Burns both started for the Saints while Ireland U21 forward Dean Williams started and scored for the hosts. Another Ireland U21 squad member, Darragh Nugent (CM, 19) also started for Longford but couldn’t prevent a heavy defeat against Stephen O’Donnell’s high-flying Pat’s.

Darragh Burns has been getting lots of attention for his performances over the last month or so and although he didn’t score last night, the winger did manage to assist the visitors’ fourth and final goal of the night. You can listen to St Patrick’s Athletic Director of Football Ger O’Brien speak about Darragh’s switch from the north to the Republic on the LOI Arena podcast here.

Derry City: 1 (Boyce 93′) 

Bohemians: 1 (Omochere 49′)  

Ireland U21 squad member Ronan Boyce (RB, 21) was the hero for Derry City last night as he popped up in the 93rd minute to salvage a point for Ruairaidh Higgins’s Candystripes. Ireland U21 internationals Andy Lyons (RB, 21), Tyreke Wilson (LB, 21), Dawson Devoy (CM, 19) and Ross Tierney (CM, 20) all started for Bohs on the night but could not hold out for what would have been an important three points. Ireland squad member James Talbot (GK, 24) also started for the Gypsies.

Dundalk: 1 (Kelly 45′) 

Waterford: 0 

Dundalk edged out an important win in the relegation scrap as Daniel Kelly found the back of the net for the Lilywhites on the stroke of half-time. One cap Ireland international Andy Boyle (CB, 30) started for the hosts at Oriel and Ireland U21 squad member Niall O’Keefe (CB, 21) came on for Waterford in the 62nd minute.

Sligo Rovers: 2 (Mahon 72′, Kenny 88′) 

Drogheda: 0 

Ireland Under-19 striker Johnny Kenny and 21-year-old centre-back John Mahon were the goalscorers for Sligo Rovers last night against Tim Clancy’s Drogheda. Ireland U21 squad members David Odumosu (GK, 20) and Killian Phillips (CM, 19) both started on the Drogs side but they couldn’t overcome a Rovers team buoyed by the return of experienced midfielder Greg Bolger

18-year-old Kenny has now played thirty games this season with a tally of ten goals and three assists. The youngster has been linked to Celtic in recent months.

Kenny’s Kids: First Division

Cork City: 3 (Hakkinen 29′, Byrne 63′, Coleman 71′)

Galway Untied: 0 


Shelbourne: 1 (Mahdy 88′) 

UCD: 1 (Caffrey 54′) 

Ireland under-19 midfielder Evan Caffrey scored for UCD away to Shelbourne last night at Tolka Park. Shelbourne were in party mode as they lifted the league title on Ian Morris’s final game as manager, but the Students still did well to earn a point with an experimental line-up, Ireland U21 attackers Colm Whelan (ST, 21) and Liam Kerrigan (WNG, 21) were both rested for their play-off clash with Treaty United next Wednesday evening.

Shelbourne did not start the game with any Ireland underage players on the pitch but under-21 left-back Kameron Ledwidge (20) was introduced in the 79th minute.


Wexford: 4 (Dobbin 23′, Considine 53′, Farrell 68′, Moylan 81′)

Bray Wanderers: 2 (Kavanagh 3′ & 24′) 

Wexford finish the season rock bottom of the First Division but it looks like much brighter days are ahead. Daniel Dobbin (20), Tom Considine (19), Evan Farrell (18) and star man Jack Moylan (20) all got on the scoresheet against the Seagulls on Friday night. Ireland U21 players Brian Maher (GK, 20) and Brandon Kavanagh (21) both started for Bray, as did 20-year-old winger Callum Thompson and 21-year-old Richie O’Farrell, who also have Ireland underage pedigree. Attacking midfielder Kavanagh scored both goals to complete a fine campaign for the Bray men.

Cabinteely: 0

Treaty United: 2 (Armshaw 61′, Quinlivan 95′)

There were no Ireland underage players involved in the clash between Cabinteely and Treaty United last night but Tommy Barrett’s men will look forward to the future with excitement as 21-year-old winger Willie Armshaw and teenage debutant Josh Quinlavin both got on the scoresheet.

Athlone: 1 (Doona 61′)

Cobh Ramblers: 2 (Abbott 20′, O’Connell 80′) 

Cobh Ramblers picked up a rare win on the road to finish their season in 8th place in the First Division. There were no Ireland underage talents involved in the fixture but former Liverpool U23 striker Glen McAuley (21) did start for Paul Doolin’s Athlone team.

Make sure to follow Kenny’s Kids for extensive coverage of Ireland’s best up and coming talents. 

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