DONEGAL duo Ellie Long and Kerri Loughrey featured as the Republic of Ireland Under-16s drew with England yesterday.
Sion Swifts player Long and Loughrey, who lines out for Donegal Women’s League Under-17s, were used as second-half substitutes at the RSC in Waterford.
Ireland took the lead on 35 minutes through Peamount United defender Tara O’Hanlon drifted in a free-kick from outside the opposition’s penalty area and it evaded everyone to nestle in the back of the net.
The hosts held that slender lead going in at the interval, but England hit back with a penalty from Ginny Lackey and a close-range finish from Kiera Barry.
However, Ireland got back level when Fleming smashed in a free-kick from distance that wrapped up a deserved result for both teams.
The teams will meet again in the same venue on Friday at 12pm.