Limerick teenager John Ryan captained the Rep of Ireland U15s to victory over Hungary in Spain this Sunday
LIMERICK teenager John Ryan captained the Rep of Ireland U15s to an impressive 3-0 victory over Hungary in the last of a three-game international friendly tournament in Spain this Sunday.
Fourteen-year-old Ryan was handed the captain’s armband for the international fixture at the Pinatar Arena, having already featured in his side’s previous fixtures in the tournament against hosts Spain and the Netherlands.
All three goals against Hungary came after the break as Shamrock Rovers' Ben Curtis and Bohemians duo Cian Kelly and Evan Ferguson scored for Jason Donohue's Rep of Ireland U15 side.
Talented teenager Ryan has already featured for Ireland in two friendly internationals against Poland in Police last November.
Ryan, a third year student at Castletroy College, is a past pupil of Milford NS and Gaelscoil Castletroy.
The talented teenager initially played his schoolboy soccer locally with Aisling Annacotty.
In 2017, Ryan joined St Kevin’s Boys, of Dublin. At the start of last year he signed for Shamrock Rovers.
Afterwards Republic of Ireland head coach Jason Donohue said: "It's a fantastic victory for the players who deserve tremendous credit for their efforts throughout the week.
"We set a goal before the game to treat this like a qualification scenario and that we needed a 3-0 victory to qualify for the next tournament. The players were really pushing in the end to get that third goal so it's great for their education as it's important they learn about qualifying for tournaments for when they get older.
"The players have been well organised throughout the week and performed excellently in every match. Spain are the best U15 side I've ever seen and we matched them in normal time so it shows that there is some talent in the group.
"I want to thank all of the staff for their hard work throughout the week and the work continues when we return. We've got on-going assessments ahead of the next game against Cyprus in March."
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND U15: Aaron Maguire, Tommy Fogerty (Aaron O'Reilly 61), John Ryan (Capt) (Craig King 61), Ben Curtis (Glory Nzingo 53), Luke McGlynn, Conor Campbell (Cian Kelly 36), Michael Leddy (Ciaran O'Sullivan 53), John Joe Power (Jamie Mullins 53), Darragh Reilly (Edwin Agabje 53), Ben Quinn (Evan Ferguson 53), Sean Grehan.
HUNGARY U15: Matyas Kiraly, Dominik Kovacs, Bendeguiz Farkas (C), Istvan Pekar, Engelbert Folding, Zsombor Gruber (Dominik Kocsis 36), Noel Keresztes (Akos Tarcson 55), Renato Ulbert, Laszlo Kiss, Kevin Molnar (Balazs Bakti 55), Zoltan Vasvari (Daniel Nagy Kolozsvari 36).
REFEREE: Marcos Navarro Quinonero (Spain)