Inishowen boss Diarmuid O’Brien believes several of his squad can now make the step up to international level after Sunday’s All Ireland Youth Interleage title success in Cahir, County Tipperary.
The Academy’s Under 16s have been improving with each year having twice reached the semi-finals of the Foyle Cup and reaching the final of that tournament last summer before losing out to Norwich City.
The All Ireland win is a ground breaking success for them however and with Ireland underage scouts watching on several occasions this year the players will now be firmly on the international radar.
“This is a fantastic achievement, not just for the Academy but for the League and for the great work that goes on at grass roots level with the clubs and, most importantly, the players,” O’Brien told the Inish Times.
“I would fully expect some of these players to step up to the underage international set up now as they have proved that they are a match for anyone in the country.”
“We lost all three games in this competition last year but we sat down after the Foyle Cup and decided that we wanted to target a good run this year. We didn’t expect to go all the way and win it but after winning our group games we came through two tough games against Galway and Waterford to reach the final.”

By Johnny Craig

Full report from Sunday's final in this week's Inish Times.

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