Mark Sykes, born in Belfast, makes his Republic of Ireland debut against Malta
JODI Jones earned two more international caps, while a former Oxford United player made history at the weekend.
On Thursday, Jones got his third cap for Malta when he played the last 10 minutes in a 2-2 draw with Greece.
He then started and played 67 minutes in Malta’s 1-0 defeat against the Republic of Ireland last night.
Callum Robinson of Cardiff City scored the only goal of the game, in the second half.
“They’re the ones I like the most, when you don’t have much time to think and make yourself as big as you can to try to recover it.”
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Jones had an early chance to give Malta the lead when he broke into space, but could not beat Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher with 12 minutes on the clock.
Later in the game, former U midfielder Mark Sykes made his senior international debut, becoming the first Belfast-born player to represent Ireland since 1946.
Sykes switched allegiance from Northern Ireland in August 2020, having played 11 times at Under-21 level, and was called up to the senior squads without making his debut.