Saturday 16 December 2017

Gleeson introduced in draw with Scots

LEIGHTON GLEESON of Courtown Hibernians, recently voted the best Wexford soccer player of all time by the readers of this newspaper, made an appearance off the bench for the Republic of Ireland Amateur team when they played a 1-1 draw with Scotland in Cooke Park, Tipperary, recently.

Irish boss Gerry Smith had included eight new caps in his squad and he got all of them on the pitch as his search to put together the strongest possible squad for next year's UEFA Regions Cup qualifiers continues.

Ireland scored first through Adam Foley in the 36th minute, but Ian Diack equalised just before the break.

The second-half saw both teams try to produce a winner by playing excellent football which the large crowd appreciated, and Scottish 'keeper Allan Fleming was forced to make three brilliant saves including one from Gleeson who looked lively after his introduction.

Ireland will now play two games against the Defence Forces over the October Bank Holiday weekend before facing England on November 3.

And Gleeson has been named again in the first squad where he will be joined by Courtown Hibs clubmate Eugene O'Brien and Jason Murphy of North End United.

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