Gareth Doherty features for Republic of Ireland U-16 side against Holland

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Gareth Doherty features for Republic of Ireland U-16 side against Holland
Gareth Doherty made his second Republic of Ireland appearance in three days when her featured against a classy Holland side in Thursday’s 4-0 friendly loss in Arnhem.

Gareth Doherty made his second Republic of Ireland appearance in three days when her featured against a classy Holland side in Thursday’s 4-0 friendly loss in Arnhem.

The Letterkenny Rovers midfielder played the full match having appeared in the initial meeting of the teams on Tuesday, which the Dutch ran out 4-1 winners.

Similar to Tuesday’s encounter, Irish manager Tom O’Connor’s defence produced a disciplined first half, with both sides failing to find the net by half-time.

The Netherlands came back from the break in attacking mode however, with half-time substitute Rashaan Fernandes netting for the hosts after ten minutes. A goal from Javairo Dilrosun followed three minutes later, before Fernandes netted again after 60 minutes, before Joey King sealed the deal for the Dutch with their fourth goal after 74 minutes.

“The first halves of both games were great,” manager O’Connor said. “We made changes for the second half of each fixture to give everybody a run.’

“The objective of the trip was to give each of the players a chance to see what it’s like to play against a top quality team at international level. Each of them learnt a lot, and we can take plenty from this trip to build on.”

Doherty will be part of the Letterkenny Rovers squad on Sunday as they face Nenagh AFC from Tipperary in the quarter-final of the Umbro FAI Youth Challenge Cup at Leckview Park.