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CAP FOR KELLY

Posted on 25 May 2006  - 12:00

Stephen Kelly hopes to have caught the eye enough on his full Republic of Ireland debut to make it back into the squad.

Stephen Kelly hopes to have caught the eye enough on his full Republic of Ireland debut to make it back into the squad.

The full-back completed 84 minutes against Chile in what turned out to be a disappointing night for Steve Staunton’s men in Dublin as Manuel Iturra’s second half goal clinched a 1-0 win for the visitors.

‘Steo’ was eventually replaced by Spurs team-mate Andy Reid while Robbie Keane captained the side in earning his 66th cap.

The Spurs contingent was completed by youngster Terry Dixon, just 16, who was a shock call into the squad for a training camp in Portugal but remained on the bench as an unused substitute.

Steo said afterwards: “ was just delighted to get out there and play and hopefully I put in a good enough performance to get myself in the squad next time.â€Â

Boss Staunton added: “We experimented and it didn't work out. But we got a lot of positives out of it and learned an awful lot, it's been a great four days.

"We're looking forward to the Euros (Euro 2008 qualifiers) and we learnt a lot from tonight. Aiden McGeady came on and did well and I thought Stephen Kelly did well.

"There are positives out of it. We experimented - we know what we can and cannot do now.

"The players are disappointed but now we look forward to what's going to happen in August and September."