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Bonner Mark Two makes Irish debut

NORWAY U-18 3 ; IRELAND U-18 3 ANDREW BONNER followed in his famous father's footsteps yesterday when he made his international debut for Ireland against Norway in an U-18 international tournament in the Czech Republic yesterday.

Sadly, it wasn't a game manager Brian Kerr will want to remember as his team squandered a three-goal half-time lead.

Three goals in the opening half-hour seemed to have the Irish firmly on their way to victory, but their Norwegian counterparts hit back after the break thanks to a hat-trick by substitute Henrik Pettersness.

Willo Flood fired Ireland ahead after five minutes, Alan O'Brien made it 2-0 five minutes later and then Andrew Cousins gave the Boys in Green a seemingly unassailable lead on 30 minutes.

Pettersness turned the game on its head by scoring twice inside five minutes of the restart and he completed his hat-trick on 64 minutes.

Kerr immediately brought on Bonner, unlike his father a 6ft 1ins striker, in place of Barry Corr but, despite showing some good touches, he was unable to find a winner.

Nevertheless, his dad was proud as punch afterwards. "Andrew loves the game and is very dedicated. I am absolutely delighted for him," said Bonner who won 80 caps for his country and played in two World Cup finals.

Ireland play the Czech Republic today.

IRELAND Murphy (Leicester), O'Mahoney (Kingdom Boys), Keyes (Leeds), Deans (Derby Co), McStay (Leeds), Timlin (Fulham), O'Brien (Newcastle), Cousins (Leeds), Flood (Man City), Corr (Leeds), Quigley (Millwall). Subs: Bonner (Queen's Park) for Corr (64), Tyrrell (Leeds) for Deans (68), Harper (Sheffield Utd) for Cousins (72), Cassidy (Derby Co) for Quigley (76).

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