Limerick trio inspire Republic of Ireland to junior international win

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Limerick trio inspire Republic of Ireland to junior international win

Gary Neville, left, and Shane Walsh, both Pike Rovers, who played key roles in the Rep of Ireland amateur side's 4-0 win over Northern Ireland in Dublin on Wednesday night. Pic: Pike Rovers Twitter

THREE Limerick players played key roles as the Republic of Ireland junior international soccer side defeated Northern Ireland in an international fixture in Dublin on Wednesday night.

The Pike Rovers duo of Gary Neville and Shane Walsh, as well as Abbeyfeale Utd’s Chris Smith, were members of the 18-man Irish amateur squad which scored an impressive 4-0 win over Northern Ireland at Frank Cooke Park at Griffith Avenue.

Pike Rovers’ goalkeeper Gary Neville and midfielder Shane Walsh impressed after playing for the opening hour of the game before being substituted with the Republic of Ireland already 2-0 to the good.

Neville made a number of smart saves during the game, while Walsh was highly influential in midfield.

Chris Smith, of Abbeyfeale Utd, was introduced as a substitute for the final quarter of the game and also turned in an impressive display.

Garry Davis’ Republic of Ireland side enjoyed a 1-0 half-time lead and three further goals in the second half helped the home side ease to an impressive victory.