Tom Cannon helped the Republic of Ireland Under 21’s come from behind to beat their Icelandic counterparts.
Cannon had joined up with the international squad after three goals in his last five starts for Preston North End. The striker on loan from Everton had found his goal scoring touch after a tough start to senior football.
It was back to youth football this week as he joined up with the Irish Under-21 squad for the first time. The 20-year-old had previously played and scored at Under-19 level.
Sundays friendly match against Iceland took place at Turner’s Cross home to Cork City and one of their players and a former Preston North End goalkeeper; Jimmy Corcoran was named on the bench.
It was a tough first half for Ireland as they went a goal behind and also had a man sent off. However Tom Cannon’s strike ensured they went in level at the break.
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It was a goal very similar to his first for Preston which came against Wigan Athletic last month. Running on to a through ball he had time to compose himself and finish low into the left corner.
Cannon played 75 minutes going off to a great reception before his replacement Johnny Kenny scored a late winner.
This was the only game scheduled this international break for the Republic of Ireland Under-21’s team but Cannon will return to Preston full of confidence.
His club captain Alan Browne is set to face a stern test on Monday night as the senior Ireland team take on World Cup runners-up France.
Browne played 90 minutes on Wednesday in their 3-2 win over Latvia.