Ramelton native Kyle Callan-McFadden had the pleasure of wearing the captain’s armband for the Republic of Ireland U-19 side on Thursday last.
The centre-half, who was part of the Norwich City side that won the FA Youth Cup last season following a two-legged final win over Chelsea, led the Irish team out against Norway at the Belfield Bowl.
Callan-McFadden was joined in the Irish back four by Ryan McConnell, the Letterkenny native who is on the books of Manchester United.
Unfortunately for Paul Doolin’s team, it was Norway that ran out 2-1 winners.
Norway opened the scoring in the 18th minute when the impressive Bard Finne produced a stunning strike from distance that smashed off the Irish crossbar and Alexander Sorloth reacted first to head home the rebound.
Sam Byrne was then gifted the equaliser in the 70th minute when Norway goalkeeper Ole Hermann Opheim passed the ball straight to Byrne after dealing with a routine back-pass and the Manchester United striker was happy to shoot to the unguarded net.
Ireland had threatened to produce a winner but instead it was the visitors who clinched the victory in the 84th minute. Towering defender Vergard Bergan burst through to head home following a corner.
The Irish will meet Slovenia in two U-19 friendlies in Waterford on Tuesday, September 3 and Thursday, September 5.
Callan-McFadden was the second Donegal man in 24 hours to captain Ireland with Seamus Coleman also wearing the armband in the latter stages of the seniors’ 0-0 draw with Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium on Wednesday.