Laois teenager Colin Conroy played 60 minutes for the Republic of Ireland as they lost 3-0 to a strong German side today.
Former Portlaoise AFC player Conroy was named in the starting 11 for the Republic of Ireland, in the first of two friendlies for the side.
Unfortunately for the boys in green, Torben Rhein and Emrehan Gedikli launched Germany 2-0 ahead at half-time.
Ireland continued to battle away in the second period but Lasse Gunter rounded off the win in the final 20-minutes.
Speaking after the game, manager Paul Osam said he was happy with how his side performed, despite the defeat.
“We done quite well, especially in defence. We had a game plan against a really good side, and we did it really well. We didn’t give up a lot of chances. Their goals came from individual errors and can be easily eradicated.
“Overall we took a lot from the game, as players and staff. It was a good few days here in La Manga. It was well worth coming and playing against such high-level opposition.
“A couple of players who have not have many chances did really well. Playing against a top nation, they coped well with the demands. It was an exercise worth doing, as we can see who can play at this level.”
Conroy, who now plays for Bohemians, where he was named Player of the Year last season, is one of 14 players in manager Paul Osam’s squad who are based in the SSE Airtricity League.
However the Under 16 national squad have another friendly, this time against Australia in Dublin, where Under-17 Head Coach Colin O’Brien will have another chance to look at bright young Irish talent before the UEFA Under-17 Championships later this year in Ireland.
Republic of Ireland’s next test is against Australia in the FAI National Training Centre on Saturday, January 19. Kick-off is at 1pm.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Arlo Doherty (Daniel Rose 46), Gavin O’Brien (capt) (Fionnan Coyle 60), Adam Wells (Kevin Platon 60), Anselmo Garcia MacNulty, Oisin Hand, Kyle Conway, Colin Conroy (Jamie Doyle 60), Ben McCormack (Andrew Moran 60), Oran Crowe (Adam Wells 74), Sinclair Armstrong (Billy Vance 60), Calum Kavanagh (Dylan Gavin 60)
GERMANY: Philipp Schultze (Tobias Werdich 60), Yassir Atty (Tekin Gencoglu 30), David Herold (Roman Reinelt 60), Luca Denk (Mesut Emre Kesik 30), Torben Rhein (capt) (Jakov Suver 60), Armindo Sieb (Leon Fust 60), David Ludwig Lelle (Winzent Suchanek 60), Arbnor Aliu (Elijah Akwasi Krahn 46), Lasse Gunter, Dennis Lutke Frie, Mehmet Ibrahimi (Emrehan Gedikli 30)
Referee: Victor Garcia (ESP)