WIT students and WIT Viking Premier Soccer Player's Darryl Walsh and Paul Martin received their Irish University caps for the 2018/2019 season
It is the third campaign in a row that the team has been awarded international caps following an amalgamation of representative sides from the Colleges FAI (CFAI) and Irish Universities (IUFU) in 2015. The partnership follows the success of the Colleges and Universities Football League where the players are selected from to represent their country.
Paul who studies Recreational and Sports Management and Darryl who is currently studying Business at Waterford IT were recognised at a ceremony in the Aviva Stadium during the national teams friendly vs New Zealand on Thursday 14 of November.
Irish university squad
Paul and Darryl were part of the Irish University Squad that travelled to Bordeaux last May to play the French university squad, and are two of many members of the currently unbeaten WIT Viking's Premier team that will be looking to gain international recognition this season. The boys have won their first five games of this season have ensured qualification for the league and cup quarter-finals that will take place after Christmas.
Paul, a keeper, has previously played with St Patrick’s Athletic and Dublin side Belvedere before moving to Waterford FC u19 in 2017. Both players have been capped at underage by the Republic of Ireland. Darryl, a defender, has played underage football for Tramore AFC before moving to Waterford FC u17 before making his senior debut for Waterford FC in 2017.