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Stradbally’s Dillon set to represent Irish Defence Forces at World Military Games qualifiers

Robbie Keane and Jody Dillon

Stradbally’s Jody Dillon has been named in the Irish Defence Forces football team for a huge competition that will take place this week.

The Irish Defence Forces are playing in the CISM World Military Games qualifiers in the Netherlands.

Six European teams are battling it out for three spots, to qualify for next year’s competition in China.

Ireland will face France and Lithuania, knowing their spot is guaranteed if they win the three-team group.

Second-place could also be enough for Dillion’s side.

The Irish Defence Forces played warm-up games against local opposition winning seven of their nine matches and drawing the other two before heading to Holland – with Dillon showing good form, scoring in several of them.

Dillon, who previously played for Portlaoise AFC, is now back playing for his native club Stradbally Town in the CCFL.

The striker is joined on the team by a host of players who have League of Ireland experience.

Cheif among them is Aidan Friel who will captain the side in the Netherlands, having been part of the Finn Harps side that won promotion to the Premier Division earlier this year.

The squad are based Harskamp in the Netherlands and have their opening match on Wednesday against Lithuania before facing France on Friday.

Ireland Defence Forces Squad

Goalkeepers: Ken Deegan (St. Francis), Darren Kelly (Lucan United), Gavin Mulreaney (Unattached)

Defenders: Lee Delaney (Evergreen), Chris Doolan (Ballymun United), Sean Guerins (St. Michaels FC), David Long (St. Francis), Dean Tilley (St. Patrick’s CY)

Midfielders: Ben Donohue (St. Pauls FC), Ricky Fox (Shamrock Rovers), Aidan Friel (Finn Harps), Glenn Fullam (Sacred Heart FC), Chris Kenny (Shamrock Rovers), Sean Poutch (St. Mochtas FC), David Stack (Cobh Wanderers),

Forwards: Jody Dillon (Stradbally Town), Adrian Rafferty (Cherry Orchard), Paul Sheehan (Glin Rovers), Tony Smith (Curracloe FC)

Gavin Kearney of Colleges and Universities in action against Jody Dillon of Defence Forces during the Colleges & Universities and Defence Forces match held at Home Farm FC, in Whitehall, Dublin in 2017

Robbie Keane and Jody Dillon

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.