Toal Makes First International Start


It was a proud moment for Wanderers' defender Eoin Toal who made his senior international debut for Northern Ireland on Tuesday night.

After missing the back end of last season and the start of this one through injury, Toal has had to be patient with both his club and international football.

But having made an impressive return to the Wanderers' back line in recent weeks, he got the nod to start against Slovenia in Group H of Euro 2024 qualification.

Also involved in the Northern Ireland squad for this batch of fixtures was Whites' top scorer Dion Charles who, likewise, has had to bide his time to get another chance on the international stage.

Neither of the Wanderers' lads managed any minutes against San Marino on Saturday but did against the group leaders on Tuesday night.

Toal got his first start, while Charles came on in the 63rd minute of a game that finished 1-0 to Slovenia to leave Northern Ireland fifth in the group standings.


Elsewhere, Josh Sheehan was in action for Wales over the international break. The midfielder came on in the second half of a resounding win over Gibraltar in a friendly warming up for an all-important qualification match with Croatia.

Sheehan didn't manage to acquire any minutes in that crucial Croatia clash, but Wales secured a vital three points in Cardiff and massively improved their chances of reaching the European Championships next year.

Also in the Wales camp, but at U21 level, was Wanderers' loanee Zac Ashworth. He started in and helped the young Welsh squad to a hard-fought point against Czech Republic in their qualification group.

Conor Carty helped Republic of Ireland U21s to victory of Latvia U21s to cement their place at the top of their group after three wins from three.

The young Wanderers' forward, who is currently on loan at St. Patrick's Athletic, featured for the final seven minutes to help Ireland over the line in the closing stages.

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