It’s a mixed bag for international lads

It’s a mixed bag for international lads

By David Beddows | 10/06/2022

It’s a mixed bag for international lads

 

MILLERS players have had mixed fortunes on international duty at home and abroad.

Chieo Ogbene was part of the Republic of Ireland team surprisingly beaten 1-0 by Armenia in their Nations League opener in Yerevan.

Eduard Spertsyan scored the only goal, beating Republic keeper Caoimhin Kelleher with a rasping drive from distance 16 minutes from time.

Ogbene missed the best chance, misjudging a free header in first-half injury time, although he was the Republic's man of the match.

The Republic played Ukraine at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin last night and host Scotland there on Saturday before an away date in Ukraine next Tuesday.

Injury put paid to new Rotherham signing Conor Washington’s chances of playing in Northern Ireland's Nations League in Cyprus on Sunday. That match ended 0-0.

The striker didn't feature in the 1-0 home defeat to Greece a few days earlier. Ireland are away to Kosovo tonight and at home to Cyprus on Sunday.

Josh Kayode could be on his way to the European U21 Championship finals with Republic of Ireland U21s.

He played 64 minutes of their 3-1 home win over Montenegro on Monday that came hot on the heels of a 3-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina in Dublin. Kayode was an unused substitute in that one.

Kayode and his team-mates play their final qualifier away to Italy on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Millers Academy prospect Ciaran McGukin made his debut for Northern Ireland U21s off the bench against Spain at Inver Park.

The Spanish were too strong, hitting six goals without reply.

McGukin got more time as a substitute in Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Lithuania on Tuesday and came close to scoring late on with an audacious chip from outside the area that struck the base of the post.