Ben and Georgie impress for their country on the international stage

Dundalk U19 midfielder Georgie Poynton scored for his country last week
Ben McLaughlin and Georgie Poynton, a former and current Dundalk FC player respectively, both starred for their Republic of Ireland underage sides last week.

Ben McLaughlin and Georgie Poynton, a former and current Dundalk FC player respectively, both starred for their Republic of Ireland underage sides last week.

Each played twice with McLaughlin turning out for Paul Doolin’s U19 outfit and Poynton appearing with the U17 select, managed by Tom Mohan.

McLaughlin, a local product of The Town’s youth system, departed in the summer of 2012 for Everton where he hopes to make the breakthrough.

The 18-year-old was part of the Irish U19 squad which travelled to Turner’s Cross last Tuesday against Romania where Inter striker George Puscas scored twice to give his side a 2-1 win in a game in which The Toffees youngster appeared as a second half substitute.

The sides met at Blarney United’s ground two days later and Ben started and finished the game, helping his side to a 2-2 draw.

Current Lilywhites U19 star Poynton, fresh from signing a two-year professional deal at the club, celebrated by captaining his country at Dalymount Park in a friendly against Austria and claimed the winner from the penalty spot.

Two days later, he was a second half sub in a 1-1 draw against Austria.