Ainsley and Ryan on target for their national sides as a number of Town players earn international caps
- Ainsley and Ryan on the scoresheet
- Tommy Oar an unused sub
- Yorwerth and Connolly also earn caps
England’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Scotland’s Ryan Fraser were the pick of Town’s international representatives, as their goals helped beat Germany U19’s and Northern Ireland U21’s respectively.
Ainsley sealed a 3-2 win for the England U19’s with a stunning strike from well outside the area. It was his first game for his country at that level, although he has played for the U17 and U18 sides in the past.
Ryan’s third goal at U21 level gave Scotland an important 2-1 victory in Lurgan. His goal on the hour mark completed the turnaround after his side had fallen behind early in the first-half.
Elsewhere, new signing Tommy Oar was an unused substitute for Australia as they cruised to a 5-0 victory over Bangladesh in a World Cup 2018 qualifier. Tommy and the rest of the Socceroos now face Tajikistan on Tuesday, as they look to continue their push for qualification.
Josh Yorwerth played the full 90 minutes for the Welsh U-21’s as they defeated Luxembourg 3-1 on Friday night, with goalkeeper Michael Crowe an unused sub in the same game.
Dylan Connolly played the first half for the Ireland U21’s in their 4-1 victory over Qatar U23’s at Bury’s Gigg Lane.
Adam McDonnell could also be in line for an international cap, as he is in the squad for the Irish U19’s tonight. They face Italy in a friendly at Cava de’Tirreni, continuing their preparations for November’s European Championship Qualifiers.
However, it proved to be a frustrating international break for some of Town’s first-team players, as Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick were forced to withdraw from the Ireland squad, while Christophe Berra has to remove himself from Scotland duty as all three have injury problems.