Republic of Ireland U17 1-1 Turkey U17

Donegal's Marc Walsh played for the Republic of Ireland U-17 side that drew with their Turkey counterparts in Galway tonight. Walsh, from Loughanure, is a Swansea City academy player.

Seamus Keogh, a pupil at Colaiste Colmchille in Ballyshannon, who is with Sligo Rovers, was an unused substitute.

Troy Parrot’s fantastic injury time free kick ensured Ireland earned a share of the spoils in the international friendly.

Parrot’s 30 yard free kick in the second minute of additional time was the least Ireland deserved in testing conditions.

Colin O’Brien’s side had the better of the chances over the opening sixty minutes but found themselves behind following Atakun Gunduz’s penalty on the hour mark. That was the catalyst for an Irish onslaught that was rewarded with Parrot’s late leveller.

Speaking to after the game, Ireland Head Coach Colin O’Brien felt a draw was the least his team deserved. “We definitely deserved to get something from the game. Over the 80 minutes we probably created the better of the chances. Troy (Parrot) showed great courage to take on that opportunity and the execution was top quality,” O’Brien said.

“It was a really tough battle. There were some pleasing aspects of our play and other facets we’ll have to work on. We’ll regroup now ahead of Thursday, assess the injuries and decide who needs minutes,” the Ireland boss added.

The two teams will meet again on Thursday with a 1pm kick off in Eamonn Deacy Park.

Republic of Ireland U17

Kian Clarke (GK), Max Murphy, Ray O’Sullivan (Luca Connell 65’), Oisin McEntee, Nathan Collins ©, Jason Knight, Callum Thompson, Barry Coffey, Adam Idah,  Troy Parrot, Marc Walsh (Tyriek Wright 55’).

Substitutes: Sean Bohan (GK), Jimmy Corcoran (GK), Seamus Keogh, James Furlong, Cian Kelly, Conor Grant.

Turkey U17: Ersin Destanogiu (GK), Muhammed Emin Sarikaya, Bariscan Isik Altunbas, Erdogan Kaya, Atakan Gunduz, Muhammed Gumuskaya ( Muhammet Arslantas 50’), Mustafa Kaya, Serkan Bakan, Ali Yavuz Kol ©, Oguzhan Akgun, Suleyman Lus.

Substitutes: Ridvan Yilmaz, Isik Kaan Arslan, Firat Gullu, Arda Akbulut, Ismail Cem Kars, Furkan Cetinkaya, Hakan Yesil, Atamer Bilgin, Muhammet Arslantas.

February 15:Republic of Ireland U17 v Turkey U17, Eamonn Deacy Park, KO 13:00

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