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12 June 2013

Kelly plays against Spain

Stephen Kelly was part of a Republic of Ireland side who very nearly held World and European Champions Spain to a draw in New York on Tuesday night.

It took Spain, who named a full strength side, 69 minutes to get past the Irish defence when substitute Roberto Soldado's struck home - ten minutes before Kelly so very nearly got Ireland back on level terms!

Our full back got a firm head on the ball from a corner, but Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas pulled off a fantastic instinctive save onto the bar - and Sean St Ledger's follow up was eventually ruled out for offside, before Juan Mata scored at the death to secure Spain a 2-0 friendly win.

Jamaica's 2014 World Cup hopes were dealt a huge blow as they lost 2-0 away at Honduras. Mariappa played the majority of the game but was giving his marching orders late on for a rash challenge, having already been booked. Meanwhile, our young defenders Shane Griffin, Pierce Sweeney and Sean Long all played 90 minutes for Republic of Ireland U19s, but a 0-0 draw against Serbia wasn't enough to qualify from the Euros group stages - despite being undefeated over the three games.

Ryan Edwards' Young Socceroos have a friendly against Chile on Monday, before their 2013 World Cup campaign in Turkey starts on 22 June. Click here to read how Edwards scored in a 5-0 win over New Zealand!

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