Amber on the double for Irish girls

Amber Barrett from Loreto Community School in Milford was the Republic of Ireland U-15’s hero with two goals against Wales in the opening game of the at the Bob Doherty Tournament in Cardiff.

Ireland started with a 3-1 win against hosts Wales at the University of Glamorgan Playing Fields in Treforest on Tuesday. Ciara Rossiter opened the scoring for Ireland before Nadine Crawford set up Barrett on 44 minutes to put Ireland 2-1 up and the same player soon added a third.

Crawford, from Manorcunningham, is a schoolgoer at Loreto Convent in Letterkenny, while Moville Community College’s Eimear Lafferty came on as a second half substitute.

Yesterday afternoon, Ireland were due to take on Scotland at the same venue. They conclude this morning, Thursday, against Northern Ireland with a 10am kick-off time back in Treforest.

Meanwhile, Republic of Ireland U-16 Head Coach John Morling named an extended panel, divided into A and B selections, for a pair of double-headers against Belgium this week.

The first games took place on Tuesday evening at Turner’s Cross in Cork, and Kyle McFadden from Swilly Rovers was part of the back four for the A team’s game, which Belgium won by a goal to nil thanks to David Cino’s goal right on the half-hour. McFadden came closest to a leveller but his looping header in stoppage time spun over. The nations meet again tonight at O’Shea Park in Blarney.

Letterkenny Gaels player facing ban

A Letterkenny Gaels player is facing a ban for an alleged incident with a referee during a recent All -County Football League game.

The incident happened the weekend before last in the course of a Division Four Reserve game between Letterkenny Gaels and Robert Emmett’s played in Catlefin.

The alleged incident happened when referee Joe O’Donnell, from Convoy was showing the player a red card.

It is understood that the referee reported the incident and the matter is being dealt with by the County Competitions Control Committee and the player if found guilty will face a minimum suspension of 12 weeks. Letterkenny Gaels won the game 3-8 to 0-8.