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O’Hanlon on the mark as ETB bag opening draw in Seville with US Pilas

ETB Course kicks off with a draw in game of three matches scheduled in Spain.


AN Educational Training Board Selection squad is in Spain for a series of games – a wonderful opportunity for these rising talents.

The youthful squad, under the management of FAI Irishtown ETB Course Administrator Gerry Davis – who is also the FAI amateur international manager – are based in the Andalucia region with games in Seville and Cadiz listed.

“It’s a great opportunity for the players to pit their skills against older and technically gifted players in a different environment that they would be normally be used to, so it’s a learning curve and a great experience that will assist them in their career development,” said manager Davis

The ETB course opened their campaign with a one-one draw against UD PILAS at the Estadio Municipal Manuel Leonardo Ventura with skipper Alex O’Hanlon, a former Liverpool trainee, levelling from the penalty spot after the Irish side had fallen behind in the 23rd minute.

O’Hanlon’s equaliser came just past the half-hour mark and Davis was pleased how his charges acquitted themselves.

“We were up against a more experienced side but as the match progressed we grew in confidence and gave a good account of ourselves and I suppose a draw was fair result in the end,” added Davis

“They were the home team but we stood up well under examination and that’s a huge positive for us and we can look to carry that into our two remaining games.,” added Davis

ETB COURSE: David Odumusa; Niall O’Keefe, Conor McKenna, Conor Soroghan, Mark Traynor, Alex O’Hanlon, Katlego Mashingo, Martin Coughlan, Francis Muensterburg, Alex Phelan, Thomas Forde, Jamie Wynne. Subs: Liam McGrath, Thomas McLoughlin, Ray O’Sullivan, Jack Savage.

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