Crystal Palace defender Damien Delaney started his first match for the Republic of Ireland since October last year in their friendly defeat to Turkey at the weekend.
Delaney, who was among the nominees for the Eagles 2014 Player of the Year award, was rewarded by his international boss Martin O’Neill for his fine form this season by being named in the starting line-up for Sunday’s match at the Aviva Stadium.
But despite playing 66 minutes of the encounter in Dublin, Delaney’s night ended in sombre fashion as his side were beaten 2-1 in what was their first ever defeat to Turkey on Irish soil.
O’Neill’s men began the game brightly, but it was Ahmet Ilhan Ozek who netted the opener for the visitors in the 17th minute when he headed home a Gokhan Gonul cross.
Tarik Camdal added the second with a neat left-foot finish on 75 minutes, before Stoke City striker Jonathan Walters halved the deficit two minutes later.
Delaney was the only Palace player in international action over the bank holiday weekend, although Mile Jedinak’s Australia, Kagisho Dikgacoi’s South Africa and Adrian Mariappa’s Jamaica were all in action.
The Socceroos were held 1-1 by South Africa in what was their final home friendly before the World Cup, with former Millwall and Everton midfielder Tim Cahill netting the Aussies’ equaliser after Ayanda Patosi had given Bafana Bafana an early lead.
Jamaica meanwhile were beaten 2-1 by Serbia yesterday at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey, USA.
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