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Niall hosts star-studded match for charity

the Premier League may be at an end for another season, but there was plenty of talent on display last night.

After an exhausting weekend playing three consecutive gigs to 250,000 fans in Dublin’s Croke Park, Mullingar heart-throb Niall Horan left his family at home in Ireland and jetted back to the UK to host a star-studded game of football.

Thousands of devoted One-Directioners made the trek to Leicester City Football Club in the English midlands to catch a glimpse of their idol at the Niall Horan Charity Football Challenge.

The 20-year-old was not playing following a recent knee injury, but had plenty of Irish representation.

Boyzone star Keith Duffy was joined by Niall’s bandmates Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, and a host of celebrities, including pop star Olly Murs.

Cheering on his Boyzone pal was Ronan Keating, who was there with girlfriend Storm Uechtritz.

Derby County supporter Niall also had football talent in Jason McAteer and former England player Robbie Fowler on his side, alongside legendary crooner Rod Stewart.

Niall’s team came up against CNN’s Piers Morgan, who turned out for a selection managed by former Welsh international Robbie Savage.

More than 10,000 tickets were sold for the match, the proceeds of which will go to Irish Autism Action, and UK charity, Heart and Minds Challenge.

There was no time for Niall to rest following a late night celebrating the end of One Direction’s three-date Dublin leg of their Where We Are tour, in city centre haunt, 37 Dawson Street on Sunday.

Earlier in the evening, the pop star partied with 
Irish rugby stars Brian 
O’Driscoll, Jamie Heaslip and 
Cian Healy, who enjoyed VIP treatment with a private box 
at the packed Croke Park concert.

Leinster and Ireland prop Cian surprised his delighted girlfriend, model Holly Carpenter, with tickets to see the chart-toppers and she later shared a snap with ladies man Harry Styles.

erabbitte@herald.ie


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