Tubbercurry native Liam Kerrigan was on the scoresheet as the Republic of Ireland Under 21s took a step closer to potential qualification to the UEFA European Under 21 Championships following a 3-1 victory over Montenegro on Monday evening.
The former St.Attracta’s Community School student played the full game in the victory at Tallaght Stadium and was also voted RTÉ co-commentator Lisa Fallon’s Player of the Match.
Kerrigan played his underage football at Real Tubber before joining Sligo Rovers’ academy in 2015.
Following standout performances at underage level, Kerrigan featured in a number of first-team games at The Showgrounds before joining UCD in July 2019 where he has combined both football and his academic studies.
The win leaves Republic of Ireland second in the table one point behind top of the table Italy (who have a game in hand against Sweden) and three points ahead of third place Sweden with one group game remaining.
Jim Crawford’s side face Italy on June 14th in their final group game knowing if they avoid defeat they will be guaranteed at least a play-off to reach the Championships in 2023 which will be co-hosted by Romania and Georgia.
Sligo Rovers goalkeeper Luke McNicholas was amongst the substitute’s in Monday’s game.
#IRLU21 2-0 Montenegro – Liam Kerrigan extends Ireland's lead from close range.
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) June 6, 2022