Academy aces meet

Deniz Mehmet got the upper hand over club-mate Eoin Wearen twice as Turkey overcame the Republic of Ireland in two Under-18 friendlies played this week in Antalya.

In searing temperatures, the Turkish team ran out 4-1 winners on Tuesday - with Wearen a half-time substitute for the Irish - before a more hard-fought 2-1 success on Thursday. The 17-year-olds then travelled back ahead of training at Little Heath on Friday before the Academy fixture away to Portsmouth on Saturday.

Mehmet had been particularly looking to impress as Turkey have qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be played between 24 October and 15 November and he will hope to be named his nation's No1. Wearen was looking more long term with the Irish seeing the double-header as preparation for next season's UEFA European U19 Championship programme.