Under 19s

U19 Squad Details 2016



Mikey Quinn


Joined Shamrock Rovers for the 2015 short season. Mikey previously played for Crumlin United at intermediate level. Represented the Leinster Senior League in the Oscar Traynor competition at age 16. Holder of League, Charlie Cahill Cup and Intermediate Cup winners medals.

Date of birth: 27.11.97

Height: 188cm. Weight: 76.2kg


Evan Moran


Former West Bromwich Albion, Cabinteely and Athlone Town goalkeeper. Joined Rovers in late August 2016. Evan played international football for the Republic of Ireland at U15, U16, U17 and U18 level. Made his Rovers' debut in the Under 19 game against Waterford at Tallaght Stadium in mid-September.
Date of birth: 22.04.97 Height: 187cm. Weight: 82kg


Conor Gleeson

Full back

Former Bushy Park Rangers and St. Joseph’s defender who joined Rovers last season. A pacey left full who likes to get forward at every opportunity. Conor had a very impressive season with the Under 17s last season and played a big part in the capturing of the inaugural FAI U17 League Championship.

Date of birth: 10.06.1999

Height: 173cm. Weight: 67kg


Jamie Wilson

Full back

Signed for Rovers’ Under 19s for the 2015 season. Jamie previously played for St. Kevin’s, Shelbourne and Cherry Orchard. Won an All-Ireland Cup with the Orchard. Had a very satisfactory first season at the club during which he made two first team appearances in the Leinster Senior Cup competition.

Date of birth: 03.12.98

Height: 170cm. Weight: 68.5kg


Freddie McCready

Full back

Freddie joined the Hoops in July 2016. He made his debut against Wexford Youths as a left back but in the past he has also played as a left-sided winger. Previously with Rovers, he has also played for Shelbourne, St. Joseph’s Boys and St. Kevin’s Boys. This year he was called up for representative honours with the DDSL

Date of birth: 05.08.99

Height: 183cm. Weight: 72kg


Darragh Gibbons

Centre half

A very successful former Templeogue United player who won 7 DDSL Premier League titles along with 3 All Irelands. Also won Kennedy Cup honours in 2012. Missed some of his first season in 2014 through injury but still managed to play enough to show his strengths as a central defender. Pushed on a step further last year and is one to watch out for in 2016.

Date of birth: 15.05.1998

Height: 193cm. Weight: 82kg


Shane Hanney

Centre half/Midfielder

Versatile midfielder/defender and an Irish U17 international.  Formerly with Templeogue United where he won three DDSL Premier and two All-Ireland winner's medals. Also a member of the DDSL Kennedy cup winning team in 2012. Shane represented Ireland at the 2015 UEFA Under 17 European Championship Finals in Bulgaria. Joined Rovers in 2015; has played since for the first team in the Leinster Senior Cup.

Date of birth: 19.02.1998

Height: 182cm. Weight: 74kg


Gavin Kearney

Centre half


Gavin captained the NDSL Kennedy Cup squad in 2011 and led them to victory. He was named in the Team of the Tournament. The following year he won the John Farrell Cup also with the NDSL. Captained Shelbourne’s Under 19s last season. A classy centre half who is a fine addition to the Hoops this year. Previously with Malahide United and Shelbourne. 

Date of birth: 29.05.97

Height: 188cm. Weight: 81.3kg


Jamie Hamilton

Full back/Midfielder

Played for Belvedere and St. Kevin’s Boys before he joined Rovers last season. Jamie is an energetic left-footed midfielder with great set-piece deliveries. He impressed in the centre of the park for the Under 17s last year and was rewarded for his efforts with a league winners medal.

Date of birth: 10.01.99

Height: 168cm. Weight: 63kg


Dean Kivlehan


Formerly with Shamrock Rovers, Lucan United and Templeogue. Has six league winners’ medals from his time at Templeogue. Was on the Emerging Talent Programme in 2013 and played against Manchester United, Manchester City, Ajax and scored a hat-trick against the Arsenal Academy. In his second season with the Under 19s.

Date of birth: 11.05.98

Height: 170cm. Weight: 60kg


Richard Purdy


A son of the ex-League of Ireland player by the same name, young Richard came to Shamrock Rovers from St. Kevin’s Boys two years ago. His first year at the Hoops was a busy one for him in the U19s and First Division team but it has stood well for him. Richie gained further experience at the top level last season while on loan to Cabinteely FC.

Date of birth: 16.06.97

Height: 178cm. Weight: 75.4kg


James Doona


Previous clubs: Lourdes Celtic, Crumlin, Stella Maris and St. Pat’s. Won Jimmy Flood Cup honours and represented the Republic of Ireland at U16 and U17 and Leinster Youths (against the Hessian F.A.). Also won All-Ireland Inter-League honours with the DDSL. Runners-up honours in the PFAI Cup. Made his international debut for Ireland at U18 level in 2016 when he played against the Czech Republic. Made his debut for the Hoops’ first team also in 2015 playing in the Leinster Senior Cup. 


Date of birth: 15.01.98

Height: 178cm. Weight: 64.8kg


Luke Rossiter


Luke’s previous clubs are St. John Bosco, Cherry Orchard, Lourdes Celtic, St. Patrick’s Athletic and St. James’s Gate. An attacking central midfield player, he has represented the Ireland U18 Home Based team. Was recently studying at Queen’s University in Belfast but decided to return home and signed for Rovers this year.

Date of birth: 17.04.1998

Height: 175cm. Weight: 66kg


Trevor Clarke


Former Crumlin United, St. Kevin’s Boys and Middlesbrough player who joined Rovers in late September 2015. Trevor has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under 16, Under 17 and Under 19 level. He played most of his football at the club last year with the Under 19s but was also involved with the first team making his debut for them in the Leinster Senior Cup semi-final against Bohemians at Dalymount Park.

Date of birth: 26.03.98

Height: 175cm.  Weight: 63.5kg


Eoghan Morgan


Captained Bohs from U8 to U15s before moving on to St. Kevin’s. Eoghan was on the Kennedy Cup squad that won the tournament in 2012. Represented Ireland at U15 level. Won the treble with St. Kevin’s in 2014. Won the league and LFA Youths Cup in 2015. Captained the Leinster squad against the Hessian League in Germany in 2015 and won All Ireland Inter League honours with the DDSL. Another of last season’s U19s to have played for the first team in the Leinster Senior Cup.

Date of birth: 29.01.98

Height: 175cm. Weight: 73kg


Eoin Stokes


Former Templeogue United player who won league honours at U11, U14 and U15 age groups. Also won All-Ireland honours at U11 and 14 level. Eoin was in the Ireland squad that qualified for the UEFA Under 17 Championship Finals in Bulgaria in 2015. Currently in his second season with the SRFC U19s.

Date of birth: 25.05.98

Height: 178cm. Weight: 70kg


Aaron Dobbs


Enniscorthy-based Aaron previously played for Moyne Rangers and St. Joseph’s Boys. A strong and powerful centre forward who wants to score goals. He won many admirers at Rovers last year playing in the Under 17 team. Finished the season as top goalscorer and as SRFC Under 17 Player of the Year. Equally powerful in the air as he is on the ground.  

Date of birth: 06.01.99

Height: 180cm. Weight: 80kg


Sean Boyd


Joined Shamrock Rovers U19s for the 2014/15 season and very quickly established himself as a regular goalscorer. Finished the season as Rovers’ U19s top goalscorer. During the summer Sean got the opportunity to become involved in the first team squad and was on the bench for the game away to Galway last June. Sean played for Rivervalley Rangers up to 11 years of age before moving to Malahide for whom he played for four years. 

Date of birth: 20.06.1998

Height: 191cm. Weight: 74.8kg


Jamie Aherne


Naturally gifted striker who joined Rovers in July from rivals St. Pat’s. Jamie played his Schoolboy football at Lucan United and Cherry Orchard. An SFAI Cup winner with the ‘Orchard. Played for the Republic of Ireland during the campaign for the UEFA Cup Under 17 Championship Finals last year and also played at the finals for Ireland. Jamie is a centre forward who likes to get the ball at his feet and run in behind. His strengths are running in behind and scoring goals.

Date of birth: 08.07.1998

Height: 175cm. Weight: 70kg



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Shamrock Rovers 1-0 Cobh Ramblers

  SSE Under 19 Airtricity League - AUL - March 12th 2016
 Shamrock Rovers  
(0) 1
:   0 (0)
Cobh Ramblers

Aaron Dobbs  

photos  Match photographs here
Hoops Line-Out
 25  Mikey Quinn  
 2  James Wilson  
 4   Gavin Kearney   
 17 Darragh Gibbons   
 3  Conor Gleeson  
 7  Dean Kivlehan  
 8  Eoghan Morgan  
 6  Eoin Stokes  
 5  Shane Hanney  
 11  Jamie Hamilton  
 18  Aaron Dobbs  
 1  Marcin Kowalczyk
 10  James Donna (Kivlehan 60')  
 15  Luke Rossiter    
 9  Sean Boyd  
 16  Dean Dillon  
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James Donna

After weeks of preparation and planning the real business began on Saturday at the AUL when the Hoops welcomed Cobh Ramblers for the first game of the 2016 season. It took Rovers a while to get into the game with the visitors creating the better chances from the off, with Chris Coleman for Cobh putting Mikey Quinn under pressure from as early as the fourth minute with a low shot. Both goalkeepers were busy throughout the game and it was a wonder the scoreline was restricted to just the one goal. That all-important goal came a minute into time added on for the first half when Eoghan Morgan took possession and, showing some grit and determination, managed to put a wonderfully delivered high ball into the box for Aaron Dobbs to get his head to and score with a powerful effort.

The exchanges were dogged in midfielder for much of the game but it was a cleanly contested affair with just two yellow cards, one apiece, being shown on the afternoon. The visitors movement on the pitch during the early part of the game was impressive; they used the ball well and gave themselves hope with some well-worked chances. Rovers dealt with the early pressure and eventually managed to begin pressing their opponents. It was at this point that the Hoops began to look more comfortable. A fifteen yard shot by Shane Hanney that was saved by Andrew Kingston before the Hoops had their best chance of the game up to that stage when Jamie Hamilton’s high ball into the box was met by Dobbs who headed over the bar.

Cobh captain Ben O’Riordan put in a good challenge to prevent Hanney after Dean Kivlehan put the midfielder through in the 24th minute. While both sides had chances the respective defences were holding well and it was looking like a goal might only come from a set piece. This almost happened in the 36th minute when O’Riordan fouled Hamilton and when the ball broke loose after the free kick was taken Darragh Gibbons got onto it to force Kingston into a fine save. Half a minute after Dobbs put the Hoops ahead the referee signalled half time. The goal came a good time for Rovers and the question was how Cobh would deal with it.

They answered that right from the start of the second half when Stuart Murphy hit the side of the upright with a long shot. Quinn was alongside it so there’s no guarantee it would have gone in. The second half was very similar to the first and witnessed a full blooded effort from both sides that kept spectators on their toes right up to the final whistle. Rovers will be more than happy to have gotten the first game out of the way and to have claimed the full three points. No doubt Cobh travelled back south in the belief that they could have got at least a point.

Naturally enough some of the familiar faces from last season have moved on for various reasons and some new faces have been introduced. The trio of Conor Gleeson, Jamie Hamilton and Aaron Dobbs all started against Cobh; all three have played for the Under 17s and certainly didn’t look out of place. The youngest of these is Gleeson who is just 16; he was a busy performer throughout and capably dealt with everything he was involved in.

A new arrival at Rovers is centre half Gavin Kearney who has experience at this level having previously played for Shelbourne. Kearney was solid at the back and although it’s early days yet the partnership with Darragh Gibbons is looking good. That James Doona and Sean Boyd were on the bench is an indication of the strength of the squad. There’s a lot of football to be played through throughout the months ahead and the visit to Galway next weekend will provide yet another stern test.

U19: UCD 4:1 Rovers

Rovers U19's go out at quarter final stage.

U19: Rovers 1:0 Cobh Ramblers

Rovers get off to a winning start in the 2016 League campaign.

U19: Rovers 4:1 Athlone Town

Hoops finish group stage with 4-1 home win.



League Table

# Team M P
1 Dundalk 33 77
2 Cork City 33 70
3 Derry City 33 62
4 Shamrock Rovers 33 55
5 Sligo Rovers 33 49
6 Bray Wanderers 33 46
7 St. Patrick's Athletic 33 45
8 Bohemian FC 33 41
9 Galway United 33 38
10 Finn Harps 33 32
11 Wexford Youths 33 23
12 Longford Town 33 14

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