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International Round-Up: O'Brien and Williams on scoresheet for Republic of Ireland

Find out how our Lions fared with their nations during the recent international break

12 September 2018

Neil Harris’ Millwall squad are now preparing to return to League action at The Den this weekend after six players represented their respective nations during the international break. Here we take a look at their spell with their national sides…

Aiden O’Brien, Shaun Williams – Republic of Ireland

Aiden O’Brien made the best possible start to his senior international career on Tuesday night, scoring the opening goal on his Irish debut in a 1-1 friendly draw with Poland. Aiden headed the visitors in front eight minutes into the second half in Wroclaw, with the goal looking likely to prove to be the winner. That was at least until the intervention of Leeds United’s Mateusz Klich three minutes from time, which denied Martin O’Neill’s side the victory. Before making the headlines in his first full cap, Aiden was an unused substitute in the Republic of Ireland’s 4-1 UEFA Nations League defeat to Wales last Thursday.

Shaun Williams also made a positive impact during the international period for O’Neill’s side, as he scored the Republic of Ireland’s first ever UEFA Nations League goal in their defeat to Wales. The midfielder pulled a consolation back in the second half in Cardiff, just 10 minutes after coming onto the field for his first senior strike for his country, with Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey amongst the scorers for Ryan Giggs’ Welsh outfit. Shaun was then rewarded with a starting place for Tuesday’s match in Poland, playing 73 minutes as Aiden netted the opener on his debut. The contribution of the two Lions means that both of the Republic of Ireland’s goals during this international break were scored by Millwall players.

Conor McLaughlin, Shane Ferguson – Northern Ireland

Conor McLaughlin started for Northern Ireland and played 70 minutes last Saturday as Michael O’Neill’s side were narrowly beaten by Bosnia-Herzegovina in the UEFA Nations League. Conor was part of a team which dominated Bosnia in large spells, but were unable to prevent the visitors taking a 2-0 lead either side of half-time. Wigan Athletic’s Will Grigg finally broke the Northern Irish deadlock in second-half stoppage time, but it proved too little too late for the Green and White Army in Belfast. Conor was then among the substitutes as his side convincingly beat Israel 3-0 in Tuesday night’s friendly at Windsor Park.

Shane Ferguson, rested for Northern Ireland’s match against Bosnia, came on for the final 13 minutes of the team’s Israel victory. Shane replaced goalscorer Stuart Dallas, with Steven Davis and Gavin Whyte also on target in what will be a confidence-boosting win over Andreas Herzog’s side.

Jordan Archer – Scotland

Jordan Archer was again called up to Alex McLeish’s Scotland squad for the recent international matches, with last Friday’s 4-0 friendly defeat to Belgium followed by a 2-0 opening win in the UEFA Nations League over Albania at Hampden Park on Monday night. Jordan was among the substitutes for the two games, but will be hoping to pick up further Scottish caps as he competes with fellow goalkeepers Allan McGregor and Craig Gordon for a starting berth.

Mahlon Romeo – Antigua & Barbuda

Mahlon Romeo’s Antigua & Barbuda side were in action in their qualifying opener for the CONCACAF Nations League last Friday, with the full-back playing the 90 minutes as his side were beaten 3-0 by St. Lucia at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Rolston Williams’ Antiguans will look to improve their form in their upcoming fixtures, in a qualifying league which comprises nations such as Canada, Haiti and Cuba.

Be sure to keep up-to-date with our players’ international action in our next International Round-Up.

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