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Debut for Derrick

The defender made his competitive debut for his country, whilst Jack Vale appeared for Wales Under-21s for the first time

13 October 2019

Rovers defender Derrick Williams made his competitive debut for the Republic of Ireland on Saturday afternoon.

The 26-year-old entered the action in the dying embers of the Euro 2020 qualifier against Georgia in Tbilisi, which ended 0-0.

Williams came on in the final moments of the encounter, replacing Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane.

After the game, boss Mick McCarthy was content with what he saw from his side.

"I'm happy we took a point," he said. "If somebody had said before the start that we would have taken four points from the games against Georgia, I would have taken that."

Derrick will be hoping to feature for his country in Switzerland on Tuesday night, as McCarthy's men look to hang on to top spot in Group D.

Elsewhere, Jack Vale appeared for the final few minutes against Moldova Under-21s to earn a first cap for Wales at Under-21s level.

The Welsh suffered a defeat away from home, despite Nathan Broadhead giving the visitors the lead, scoring from Dylan Levitt's corner.

But Alexandr Belouso levelled for the hosts just before half time before Alexandr Belousov scored from the penalty spot to earn victory for Moldova.


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