International action for Preston trio as Republic of Ireland lose in Turkey

Preston North End trio Sean Maguire, Alan Browne and Daryl Horgan all featured in the Republic of Ireland's defeat to Turkey in Antalya.

Saturday, 24th March 2018, 9:03 am
Updated Saturday, 24th March 2018, 9:05 am
Sean Maguire takes on Turkey's Hasan Ali Kaldirim

Maguire and Browne made their first starts for the Irish after previously being capped once as substitutes, while Horgan came off the bench for the last 10 minutes of the friendly international.

Striker Maguire, scorer of five goals in the last four games for North End, played 62 minutes before being replaced by Shane Long, while Browne lasted until the 67th minute - he gave way to David Meyler.

Turkey's winning goal came six minutes into the second half, skipper Mehmet Topal getting clear of the Republic's defence to shoot past keeper Colin Doyle.

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This was Ireland's only game of the international break, with Maguire, Browne and Horgan due back at Springfields on Monday morning to commence PNE's build-up to the Good Friday clash with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

Alan Browne in action during his first start for the Republic of Ireland against Turkey
Sean Maguire is beaten to the ball by Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Babacan
Alan Browne in action during his first start for the Republic of Ireland against Turkey
Sean Maguire is beaten to the ball by Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Babacan