*Eoin Hayes with his father, Dessie. 

NEWMARKET-ON-FERGUS’ EOIN Hayes collected his thirtieth Irish cap while lining out for his country in the UEFA Regions Cup.

A 2-0 defeat to Germany’s Bavaria Region ended Ireland’s UEFA Regions Cup on Sunday evening with the goals coming from Julian Kania and Martin Mayer.

Not long after his introduction for Jimmy Carr, Hayes came close to opening Ireland’s account by the hour mark but his effort smashed off the woodwork, following a clever free kick from Eoin Murphy.

Ireland played their final group game against Bosnian’s Zenica-Doboj on Wednesday evening with Hayes included in the starting eleven in a 1-1 draw, he had the honour of captaining his country for this tie.

Playing with ten men for the bulk of their opening game, Gerry Davis’ side fell to a 2-0 loss at the hands of Galicia in Cambados. This game served as a milestone for Eoin as he collected his thirtieth Irish cap.

 

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