Donegal trio earn Ireland U-18 caps in Czech Republic

Donegal trio earn Ireland U-18 caps in Czech Republic
Three Donegal teens featured for the Republic of Ireland U-18 side that went down 2-1 to the Czech Republic in an international friendly aon Tuesday at Lhota pod Libčany.

Three Donegal teens featured for the Republic of Ireland U-18 side that went down 2-1 to the Czech Republic in an international friendly aon Tuesday at Lhota pod Libčany.

Harry Doherty, who is on the books of Charlton Athletic and from Carndonagh, was in goal and Letterkenny native and Woverhampton Wanderers academy member Ryan Rainey played at right-back.

Christopher Flanagan, a native of Letterkenny who is with Finn Harps, was a 64th minutes substitute, while Peter Burke from Moville, who is with Sunderland, was the substitute goalkeeper.

Paul Doolin’s side produced a solid first half display and snatched the lead early in the second half but were pinned back by the Czechs, who scored two goals in the final half an hour

Gareth McCaffrey grabbed the opener in the 55th minute when the home keeper made a hashed clearance and the striker ran through to slot the ball into an empty net.

The Czechs responded in the 62nd minute through Tomas Valenta after he bundled home a cross at the back post.

Ireland fell behind in the 75th minute when Filip Zorban had a strike deflected past Doherty after some hesitant Irish defending.

Czech Republic host Ireland at Libcice nad Vltauou on Thursday, kick-off 4:30pm Irish time in the second friendly between the sides.