Clonaslee Utd soccer club made a presentation last week to one of their former players Niall Corbet, as the young goalkeeper’s career continues to go from strength to strength.
The seventeen year old, who is sitting his Leaving Certificate in June, received two international caps back on January and February of this year, lining out for the Irish Schoolboys in a friendly against Australia and then for the Irish U-18s against Wales.
They are the latest steps taken in young career which has shown a lot of promise so far, as he has also been snapped up by UCD, and he plays his club soccer with the college’s U-19 side. He has been mixing a busy schedule of classwork with up to three weekly trips to Belfield for both training and matches with the club, as he hopes to earn a scholarship to the college for next year.
The international honours could be followed by even more in the coming months, as he bids to earn a place on the Irish Schoolboys panel for the upcoming Centenary Shield tournament, which features Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Evan Comerford, the goalkeeper on the All-Ireland minor football winning Tipperary team of last year, is also in the running, but Niall will be hoping to nail down a place in the panel for the prestigious competition, having already played in a friendly against Australia. The game against England in the final round of the Centenary Shield is to be played at the Amex Stadium, the home ground of Brighton and Hove Albion, and a crowd of 20,000 is expected to attend.
On Friday night, February 24, Clonaslee Utd made a presentation to Niall to mark his international success, with the player himself expressing his thanks to the club with whom the started his career. His Leaving Certificate is the one of his most pressing concerns at the moment, but having previously had trials with Barnsley in the UK, a career on either side of the Irish Sea remains a possibility.