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All square between Rovers pair

Team-mates turned to rivals last night in Dublin

16 November 2018

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Darragh Lenihan and Corry Evans are team-mates with their club, but last night turned into rivals against each other in Dublin.

The friendly encounter saw the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland play out a 0-0 friendly draw in the Aviva Stadium in the Irish capital.

It was the first meeting between the two countries since 2011, and it turned out to be a memorable evening for Lenihan in particular, with the 24-year-old making his full debut from the start for his country.

The Dunboyne-born centre back partnered ex-Rover Shane Duffy in the heart of the back four selected by Martin O'Neill, before being replaced with six minutes remaining. Lenihan also picked up a yellow card for his troubles.

For Evans, who missed Rovers' last game against Rotherham through suspension, cap number 51 was earned, prior to being replaced by Middlesbrough midfielder Paddy McNair just after the hour.

It was Evans' Northern Ireland who had the better of the game, with Gavin Whyte and Jordan Jones having the best chances, but the game remained scoreless.

The Republic will now head to Denmark to tackle the likes of Kaspar Schmeichel and Christian Eriksen in the final match of the UEFA Nations League group stage.

For Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland, they host Austria in Belfast in the Nations League at 5pm on Sunday.

Good luck, lads!


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