Portsmouth winger Ronan Curtis handed Republic of Ireland debut against Northern IrelandÂ

Ronan Curtis has made his Republic of Ireland senior debut.

Thursday, 15th November 2018, 9:14 pm
Updated Thursday, 15th November 2018, 10:21 pm
Republic of Ireland's Ronan Curtis battles Northern Ireland's Jamal Lewis for the ball on his senior debut. Picture: Lorraine O'Sullivan/ PA Images
Republic of Ireland's Ronan Curtis battles Northern Ireland's Jamal Lewis for the ball on his senior debut. Picture: Lorraine O'Sullivan/ PA Images

The Pompey winger was introduced as a half-time substitute during Martin O'Neill's side's 0-0 friendly draw against Northern Ireland in Dublin tonight. 

The former Derry City man replaced Callum O'Dowda after the break at the Aviva Stadium.

Curtis, who has scored six goals and created seven for the League One table-topping Blues this season, displayed plenty of endeavour on his bow. 

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The 22-year-old drove at Northern Ireland's defence several times, although he was unable to find a breakthrough for the hosts.

Nevertheless, it was a proud achievement for Curtis, Pompey boss Kenny Jackett and everyone else at Fratton Park.

He could make his second appearance when Eire travel to Denmark in the Nations League on Monday. 

Curtis became the Blues' first senior international since Mustapha Dumbuya featured for Sierra Leone six years ago.