BARRY McNamee faces a particularly busy weekend, the Derry City midfielder involved with the Republic of Ireland Under-21s in Denmark this afternoon for a friendly fixture, before making his way to Cork tomorrow morning after arriving back in Dublin.
Called into the international squad by manager, Noel King, following recent performances, McNamee will be hoping to make his debut against the Danes as the Republic are preparing for their European Championship match against the Faroe Islands.
“We’re all delighted that Barry was called up into the Under-21 squad and while his performances have justified that call-up, we are all hoping that he will play his part in Denmark on Friday.
“He’s a great lad and as he will be flying back into Dublin on Friday night, he’s also anxious to join up with his team-mates for our game against Blarney United,” said Brandywell boss, Declan Devine.
“Barry’s progress has now been recognised at international level and that’s very good, but he still has to put in the effort at home in order to keep his name in Noel King’s future plans,” added the Derry boss.
“Barry will travel to Cork on Saturday morning and will meet up with the squad well in advance of the match and we’ll see how he is before deciding on whether to include him in the starting line-up,” confirmed Devine.
Potential Banana Skin
Looking forward to the game, Devine was adamant that his players would afford their hosts the respect they deserve.
“Matches against junior clubs are always potential banana skins and, particularly in places like Cork, you’ve got to be very careful not to take anything for granted,” noted Devine.