Connolly baffled by McKenna’s Irish snub

Gavin McLaughlin

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Gavin McLaughlin

DUNDALK FC Head of Youth Development Martin Connolly says he is baffled by Ireland Under-18 manager Paul Doolin’s decision not to include prolific striker Bob McKenna in the home based squad for the upcoming friendly international against Wales.

DUNDALK FC Head of Youth Development Martin Connolly says he is baffled by Ireland Under-18 manager Paul Doolin’s decision not to include prolific striker Bob McKenna in the home based squad for the upcoming friendly international against Wales.

McKenna hit five goals for Dundalk’s U19 team in their 7-1 win over Longford Town in the Enda McGuill Cup at the weekend, bringing his tally to an incredible 35 goals in just 18 games at U18 and U19 level.

However it has not been enough for the Skerries native to force his way into the Irish U18 set-up, much to the disbelief of Connolly.

“Myself, Mick Neville and all the coaching staff at the club are very disappointed for Bob that he is not in the squad”, said Connolly. “He has scored 23 goals in 13 games in the U19 Northern Division so we are wondering what he has to do to get international recognition.

“There was some talk that the players in this Irish squad were picked from a recent inter-provincial tournament which Bob did not take part in but I don’t think you’ll find a striker with those sort of stats anywhere in the country.”

The 7-1 win in Longford means that Connolly’s side will take their place in the quarter-final draw of the Enda McGuill Cup on Wednesday.