Man United goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara has been called up to the Republic of Ireland U21 squad.
Noel King included the 20 year old in his squad for tonight’s European Championship qualifier in Serbia, but goals from Callum O’Dowda and Sean Maguire weren’t enough to prevent a 3-2 defeat in Novi Sad.
O’Hara grew up in Stretford, and signed for United when he was 8, but his paternal grandparents hail from Galway.
The young ‘keeper joined Morecambe on loan last season, and it was there that his performances drew the attention of the Irish manager.
O’Hara spoke to FAI.ie about his delight at being called up to the Irish squad, and is optimistic about the future;
“I am eligible for the next campaign too as I was born in 1996 and this is the 1994-1995 campaign really so it’s good to get in and train with the lads now. Noel can have a look at me and keep me in mind for the next campaign and hopefully I can compete for the No1 spot in that campaign.”
The Ireland U21s have lost five of their qualifiers in this campaign, and have failed to qualify for the European Championships, but O’Hara will be hoping for better next time around.
The future looks bright for the Man Utd goalkeeper, who will be hoping to play a part in Warren Joyce’s Premier League 2 plans at Old Trafford this season.