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Canice Carroll makes Ireland Under-21 debut

Defender features for national side on Saturday

16 June 2019

Canice Carroll made his Republic of Ireland Under-21 debut on Saturday as Stephen Kenny's side finished fourth in the Tournoi Maurice Revello following a penalty shootout defeat to Mexico.

The defender came into the starting XI for his first appearance of the tournament in France, which is better known as the Toulon Tournament. The Boys in Green have enjoyed a remarkable run in the tournament and took on Mexico in the Bronze Medal match on Saturday. 

Canice came close to opening the scoring after ten minutes, his low effort from the edge of the box flashing just wide. He also had a header deflected off target midway through the first-half. Ireland continued to create chance after the break but couldn't find a way through as the game went to penalties.

Connor Ronan saw Ireland's first spot kick saved but substitute goalkeeper Conor Kearns denied Mexico's third taker to level the shoot-out. There was then controversy as Darragh Leahy was forced to retake his penalty by the referee, the keeper saving his second effort. It was then up to captain Jesus Angulo to win the shoot-out which he did.

After being capped at Under 17, Under 18, and Under 19 level, Saturday's game was Canice's bow at Under-21 level after being named on the subs bench in the opening four matches. 

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