Donegal lads star in Portugal

The Republic of Ireland Under-16s registered a well-earned 2-1 win friendly win over Portugal on Tuesday at the Estádio Municipal das Caldas da Rainha with Ryan Rainey and Peter Burke playing their part.

The Republic of Ireland Under-16s registered a well-earned 2-1 win friendly win over Portugal on Tuesday at the Estádio Municipal das Caldas da Rainha with Ryan Rainey and Peter Burke playing their part.

Fifteen-year-old Rainey, who is currently at Bonagee United but has already agreed to sign for Wolverhampton Wanderers after his 16th birthday in October, played right-back, while Burke is a goalkeeper from Moville Celtic. Cockhill Celtic’s Harry Doherty is also part of the playing squad.

Ireland raced into a two-goal lead by the half-hour mark courtesy of strikes by Connor Dimaio and Eoghan Stokes, before Hugo Meira brought the hosts back into the contest early in the second half.

The performance and result were of huge encouragement to Ireland Head Coach John Morling who will use give his seven substitutes starting slots today’s second part of the double-header, which kicks off at 11am at Estádio Municipal das Caldas da Rainha. The Irish squad trained in Dublin over the weekend before departing for Portugal.