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Mixed Success On Saturday For PNE’s Internationals

24 September 2022

Five of Preston North End’s international players featured on Saturday, with mixed success in return.

Ali McCann will have ended the night as the happiest of the lot, given Northern Ireland's late Nations League victory over Kosovo.

The midfielder came on as a 92nd-minute substitute while the game was level at 1-1 and, within moments, Josh Magennis found a last-gasp winner to earn his country an important three points.

They next face Greece on Tuesday evening and could require a positive result if they're to avoid finishing bottom, which would send them into a relegation Play-Out.

Later in the evening, Alan Browne, Robbie Brady and Troy Parrott all played as Republic of Ireland lost 2-1 to Scotland.

Parrott started from the off for Stephen Kenny’s men and found the back of the net inside 11 minutes with a well-taken goal, but he was left frustrated by the offside flag. 

The forward then had a presentable opportunity saved at 1-1, and substitute Browne was later penalised for a handball in the area at the other end, with Ryan Christie scoring the resulting penalty.

Brady came on in the 83rd minute, taking over set piece duties, but Ireland suffered a 2-1 defeat. 

They return home on Tuesday night for a crucial tie against Armenia, with the loser of the game set to be relegated, while a draw would be enough for Ireland to retain their place in the group.

In action elsewhere, Aaron Bennett was used off the bench for Wales U19 on Saturday as they lost 2-0 to Republic of Ireland U19. His PNE teammate Harry Nevin was an unused sub for the winners who secured their passage to the Elite Round of European Championship qualification. 

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