Two second-half goals earned the Republic of Ireland Under-15s a 2-0 win against Cyprus, in an International Friendly in Dundalk.
Former Portlaoise AFC player Colin Conroy started the game in the number 10 position and played very well.
Conroy, who now plays his trade with Bohemians in the League of Ireland, captained this team in a friendly against Poland back in November.
Scoreless at half-time, two goals in less than 15 minutes from Anselmo Garcia McNulty and Oran Crowe earned Jason Donohue’s side a well deserved win in their first game of 2018.
Speaking after the game, Donohue revealed he was delighted with how the team coped with pre-match nerves.
He said: “We had seven players making their international debuts. I felt they all performed excellently.
“At half-time I spoke to the players about being more clinical. We had chances in the first-half but were unable to take them. That improved in the second-half, with the message we gave.
“The team are delighted with the win, and we look forward now to Thursday’s game.”
The two teams meet again on Thursday afternoon (March 8th), in Dublin’s AUL Complex. Kick-off is at 13:00.
Republic of Ireland: Daniel Rose; Gavin O’Brien, Anselmo Garcia McNulty, Conrad Egan-Riley, Ronan Kilkenny; Colin Conroy, Kailin Barlow (capt), Kyle Conway; Oran Crowe, Louie Barry, Sami Clarke. Subs Used: Len O’Sullivan, Evan Caffrey, Callum Kavanagh, Ben McCormack, Bosun Lawal