Donegal lads help Ireland U-16 team draw second friendly in Portugal

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

The Republic of Ireland U-16s concluded their double-header in Portugal with another fine showing with two Donegal men playing their part.

The Republic of Ireland U-16s concluded their double-header in Portugal with another fine showing with two Donegal men playing their part.

Ryan Rainey, who has already agreed to sign for Wolverhampton Wanderers next year, came on as a substitute for Thursday’s 1-1 draw in the second meeting of the sides on Thursday at the Estádio

Municipal da Nazaré near Lisbon. The Bonagee United defender had played the full 80 minutes in Tuesday’s 2-1 win for Ireland at Estádio Municipal das Caldas da Rainha.

Two Inishowen men kept goal in the double-header. Peter Burke from Moville Celtic was involved in Tuesday’s opener before Corkhill Celtic’s Harry Doherty was between the sticks on Thursday.

While John Morling’s side spent much of the first half attempting to contain their classy hosts, they grabbed the lead against the run of play through Corey Galvin in first-half stoppage time.

Portugal continued to threaten in the second half and eventually found an equaliser with 17 minutes remaining through Goncalo Maria.

Tuesday’s win started the ball rolling for Ireland. The visitors 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.