Four Donegal players in Irish U-18 squad for Czech Republic as Schoolboys draw in England

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Four Donegal players in Irish U-18 squad for Czech Republic as Schoolboys draw in England
Donegal will be well represented in the Czech Republic this week with Paul Doolin’s Republic of Ireland U-18 squad due to undertake two friendly internationals.

Donegal will be well represented in the Czech Republic this week with Paul Doolin’s Republic of Ireland U-18 squad due to undertake two friendly internationals.

Letterkenny natives Christopher Flanagan of Finn Harps and Ryan Rainey from Wolverhampton Wanderers join goalkeepers Harry Doherty from Carndonagh, who is on the books of Charlton Athletic, and Peter Moville from Moville, who is at Sunderland, for the trip.

The Irish face the Czechs on Tuesday at Lhota pod Libčany (4.30pm Irish time) and Thursday at Libcice nad Vltauou (4.30pm Irish time). The U-18 level is non-competitive but these fixtures are used towards preparing for next season’s U19 Uefa campaign.

Meanwhile, the Republic of Ireland Schools international side came back from 3-1 down in the final eight minutes to secure a memorable 3-3 draw with England at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate on Friday.

Ollie Horgan’s Irish side ensured a share of the spoils after a thrilling encounter when Jamie McGrath forced the ball home in the dying minute.

raig Donnellan had given the visitors a dream start when he grabbed the opener after just 25 seconds.

But the English response was swift and they found an equaliser in the fifth minute when a free kick by Andrew White found its way into the Irish net on 20 minutes.

The home side then grabbed the lead through Michael Hampson and extended their lead through Mark Onyemah in the 53rd minute.

Captain Ryan Manning proved his quality on this stage once again when he brought the tie back to 3-2 on 81 minutes. That set up a grandstand finish and McGrath was the hero with the late equaliser.

Flanagan from St Eunan’s College started, while Loreto Milford’s Darragh black and Scoil Mhuire Buncrana’s George Kelly were substitutes. Joe McIntyre of Abbey Vocational School was also part of the Irish squad.