Youth Team striker Khius Metz made his debut for the Republic of Ireland U18’s side this week with two appearances.
Metz, 17, came off the bench on Tuesday for a debut against Portugal, ahead of making his first start for the Green Army two days later to the same opponents.
The Republic of Ireland U18’s travelled to Portugal for two friendlies, losing the first in Abrantes to two second half goals, before heading home after a narrow 1-0 defeat in Bonitos on Thursday evening.
Metz made an instant impact when coming off the bench. The forward was heavily involved in the build-up to an Ireland penalty, setting up the felled Nathan Benson before George Poynton’s spot take was well saved.
The striker, a former schools’ record-holding sprinter, played the full 90 in the second match, with the hosts’ 27th minute goal the only difference between the two sides.
In other Academy news, goalkeeper Connor King has been selected for an England U16 training camp at St. George’s Park which commences on Tuesday 6th January.