Wednesday 20 March 2019

Buckley: I want Irish call-up

BRIGHTON winger Will Buckley has touted himself for an Ireland call-up.

The 25-year-old has impressed for the Seagulls this season and as he qualifies for the Republic through an Irish grandfather, he's keen to start an international career.

He said: "Everyone wants to play international football. For the last two years it has probably been a bit rare for Brighton to have as many players as we've had travelling on an international break to their respective countries. It's good for the club and good for the lads. It's the key part of your career, the top really."

Senior internationals Stephen Ward and Keith Andrews are on the books at Brighton this season after moving there on loan but both remain out of favour at international level.

IRELAND international Jeff Hendrick has taken a big step towards his recovery following surgery. Hendrick has been sidelined since August after he suffered an ankle injury which needed surgery but the Dubliner stepped up his rehab this week.

And there's also good news for another Irish prospect as Sunderland defender John Egan is also close to fitness after a year-long absence.



David O'Sullivan was the saviour again for Longford Town as they overcame another two-goal deficit to stay on course for promotion after last night's 2-2 draw in the Airtricity League Premier Division promotion/relegation play-off first leg against Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds.

O'Sullivan's goal, which added to the two he got against Mervue last Friday, re-emphasised the never-say-die spirit within Tony Cousins' side.

Trailing 2-0 after half an hour – by virtue of the 206th and 207th goals of Jason Byrne's career – they went on to survive a disallowed Byrne goal, a header from the striker which bounced off the crossbar and a cross-cum-shot from Kieran Marty Waters which also struck the woodwork.

Longford survived. And then gradually they got back into this game. Dean Ebbe grabbed a fine goal on 61 minutes to change the tone. Longford looked capable of getting in behind Bray's high defensive line, and O'Sullivan did so in the 83rd minute, reacting quickest to Ryan Connolly's free-kick to fire home.

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