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Trio see action

Posted: Sat 16 Nov 2013
Author: rovers.co.uk
Grant Hanley

Grant Hanley

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Rovers' three on international duty all saw game time on Friday.

Grant Hanley, Anthony O'Connor and John O'Sullivan had all been called up to their respective squads and all featured for their countries on a busy evening of football.

At Hampden Park, Hanley put in an impressed display at the centre of defence as Scotland maintained their improving run of results with a hardfought goalless draw against the USA.

Hanley played the full 90 minutes for Gordon Strachan's side, earning his 12th cap in the process. He'll be hoping to make it a lucky 13 on Tuesday against Norway in Molde.

In Sligo, Rovers had two players in action as the Republic of Ireland's Under-21s took on the Faroe Islands in their UEFA Under-21 Championship qualifier.

Needing a win to climb the Group 6 table, the Irish did just that as they ran out 5-2 winners with all the goals coming in the first half.

Anthony O'Connor played the full match, whilst O'Sullivan made his first competitive appearance for the Irish Under-21s, playing the last 20 minutes as a second half substitute.

The pair will be hoping to earn more match experience on Tuesday when they travel to Podgorica to face Montenegro.

A win for the Irish will see them leapfrog their opponents in the table into second place, but they'll be a tough proposition after the Montenegrins drew 1-1 with league leaders Germany on Friday, the first points the Germans have dropped after five games.