GWEEDORE CELTIC’S MARK WALSH played for the Republic of Ireland Under-15s in a 2-1 win over Austria at a tournament in Turkey.
Goals by Ray O’Sullivan and Jack Kelly secured the win after the Austrians bagged an early goal.
Austria got off to a strong start when they opened the scoring with a long range effort in the eighth minute.
Ireland had the ball in the Austrian net in the 18th minute but the goal was flagged offside before Ray O’Sullivan turned the ball home.
O’Sullivan and Barry Coffey both had half-chances before O’Sullivan headed the equaliser in the 26th minute from a Callum Thompson cross after a quickly taken free-kick.
Kelly’s cross was headed over by Wright with four minutes left then Thompson led a swift counterattack which ended with the Austrian keeper making an important save.
The keeper was lucky to escape with an error in the 79th minute when he failed to hold a Ciaran Brennan header and then Ireland went on to grab the winner in injury time when Kelly finished off an Irish move by rounding the keeper to fire home.
Walsh played 41 minutes and this week’s experience will stand to the young Loughanure man.