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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Ireland's U16s denied

IRELAND'S U-16s were denied a famous double when Portugal equalisied 17 minutes form time in yesterday's international at the Estadio Municipal da Nazare near Lisbon.

On Tuesday Ireland emerged victorious (2-1) and John Morling's much-changed side once again dominated for periods of yesterday's duel before Goncalo Maria's strike earned the home side a 1-1 draw.

Corey Galvin, one of seven newcomers to the Irish line-up, opened the scoring in first-half stoppage-time when the Ipswich Town striker's shot took a deflection and looped into the net.

Ireland squandered several opportunities to extend their lead and were punished as the Portuguese hit back on 63 minutes through Maria's neat finish into the top corner.

"Portugal were the best side our lads have faced over two years of international football and they more than held their own during both games," he said.

Fenlon eyes Goodwin

PAT FENLON hopes to seal a deal to bring former Ireland international Jim Goodwin to Hibernians, while the Dubliner is also considering a move for Arsenal's Irish U21 cap Rhys Murphy.

Goodwin, capped once by Mick McCarthy, is currently with SPL rivals St Mirren but Fenlon is eager to bring the Waterford man on board.

"We're close to a couple of things at the moment and hopefully they'll drop for us," Fenlon said.

TALKS to try and keep Galway United alive will go on this weekend with a proposal to merge the club with Mervue United. Galway United FC as an entity appears to be gone from football, but a fans group - Galway United Supporters Trust - (GUST) were working hard to try and rescue the name and keep senior football in Terryland Park.

IRISH U21 cap Ronan Murray has secured his future after agreeing a new one-year deal with Ipswich Town.

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