Tuesday, May 17, 2022

A young footballer with Erris roots starred for the Republic of Ireland under-15 team who finished third in the at the Vlatko Markovic Tournament in Croatia at the weekend.

Niall McAndrew started in midfield for the Boys in Green and scored lovely outside of the box effort against Wales in the third and fourth place playoff.

Niall McAndrew started in midfield for the Boys in Green and scored lovely outside of the box effort against Wales in the third and fourth place playoff.

His grandfather is Patrick McAndrew from Belmullet and his grandmother is from Limerick. His great-grand-uncle is the well-known priest the late Fr Anthony McAndrew.

He plays academy football for Derby County and is an upcoming star.

He was in the starting XI on Sunday when Ireland defeated Wales 5-4 on penalties after a 3-3 thriller. Goalkeeper Joe Collins was the hero, saving Wales’ final spot-kick.

Makenzie Bradbury put Wales into the lead in the eighth-minute, but McAndrew brought Ireland level.

Wales were back in front when Cruz Allen netted from the spot, but Tommy Lillis equalised before half-time.

In the first minute of the second half, Bradbury bagged his second only for James Roche to net a third Ireland equaliser.

It was busy few days for McAndrew.

The Republic of Ireland under-15 starting XI against Wales

On Wednesday, he came off the bench on the hour-mark in Ireland’s 0-0 draw against Montenegro in the tournament opener.

On Friday, he started and played 67 minutes in their 6-0 hammering of Uzbekistan.

On Saturday, he was a 61st minute substitute in their 2-1 defeat to hosts Croatia.

You can see McAndrew’s below on the 01:00 mark:

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