Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland side had a morale boosting1-1 draw away to Poland in a friendly this evening.

And on the bench was Sean McDermott, the Norwegian based goalkeeper, whose father Terence hails from Mountcharles in south Donegal.

McDermott has been in great form with Kristiansund BK who play in Norway's Eliteseruen (Premier Division).

And last month O'Neill revealed that he had called the netminder into the senior squad.

The Republic took the lead through Millwall player Aiden O'Brien who connected with a cross from Callum O'Dowda.

Poland had to wait until the 87th minute to get an equaliser through Mateusz Klich.

After the defeat against Wales, this was a more encouraging display by a young an inexperienced Irish side.

McDermott, who was on Arsenal's books as an apprentice before moving back to Norway, has previously represented Ireland at U-17, U-19 and U-21 level.

Although he did not get any game time, the fact that he was on the bench augurs well.

Donegal's great tradition of producing goalkeepers looks set to continue.

Meanwhile, Ronan Curtis, who grew up in St. Johnston in east Donegal, was drafted into the senior panel but did not get a place on the bench.

The former Swilly Rovers, Kildrum Tigers and Derry City striker has scored five league goals this season since signing for English League One side Portsmouth.

Irish captain Seamus Coleman did not feature in the plans as he was ruled out through injury.

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