Monday 22 January 2018

Levingston live on TV

Conor Levingston
Conor Levingston

A lot of televisions in Gorey were tuned in to TG4 on Wednesday afternoon when the channel screened live coverage of Ireland's UEFA Under-17 championship clash with England from Stara Zagora in Bulgaria.

The reason for their interest was the presence of local lad Conor Levingston in a midfield role for Tom Mohan's charges who unfortunately exited from the race for honours with a 1-0 defeat.

Levingston, who is on the books of Wolverhampton Wanderers, played for the first 58 minutes but the team was undone by the game's only goal which arrived 13 minutes after his departure.

It was his third game with Ireland in six days, having played a scoreless draw with the Netherlands in Sozopol on the previous Thursday and then losing 2-0 to Italy in Stara Zagora on Sunday. Unfortunately, the failure to grab a goal or two meant that the boys in green made their exit, but it was still a very proud week for the Levingston family to see Conor in the thick of the action with his country.

He had one effort himself in the 29th minute of the Italian game from distance, but it lacked the direction to really threaten a goal.

Meanwhile, Wexford Youths trio Ciara Rossiter, Nicola Sinnott and Jessica Gleeson were unused substitutes as the Republic of Ireland women's team beat Haiti 1-0 in a friendly in Laurderhill, Florida on Thursday. All three had made their full international debuts in a 3-0 loss to the U.S.A. in San Jose four days earlier.

Gleeson suffered concussion after a first-half collision with U.S.A's Abby Wambach so had to sit out the game.

Wexford-born netminder Charlotte McCormack, who featured in the squad against the U.S.A., wasn't involved against Haiti due to the arrival of skipper Emma Byrne who flew in from England after appearing for her club, Arsenal, over the weekend.

Turning to the men's Senior international set-up, Kevin Doyle has been named in Martin O'Neill's provisional 33-man squad for Ireland's upcoming friendly against England in the Aviva Stadium on Sunday, June 7, and UEFA Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Scotland at the same venue six days later.

The 31-year-old, who recently started a new life in the U.S.A. with Colorado Rapids after departing from Wolves, has scored 14 goals in his 61 international appearances.

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