Prolific Leeds United youngster Frank Mulhern scores brace for Ireland's under-19s

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Leeds United youngster Frank Mulhern netted twice for Ireland's under-19 side.

Leeds United youngster Frank Mulhern inspired a win for Ireland's under-19 side against Latvia.

Mulhern played 69 minutes of the 3-0 victory, scoring a brace with one goal in each half.

The victory helped Ireland's hopes of qualifying for the European under-19 Championships, and they take on Scotland in their final group game on Wednesday.

His goals were a continuation of his good form for Leeds United's under-21 side this season which have left him on the fringes of the first team squad.

Mulhern has scored regularly for the team this campaign, and was recently praised by head of academy, Paul Hart.

Hart told BBC Radio Leeds earlier this month: "He's a throwback. If you've seen the first half, his heading ability alone - which is unsual these days (impressed).

"I've been here six weeks, when I came here Frank was shy, reserved, inhibited. I took a shine to him after I spoke to him because he was on the fringes, he's listened and learned, and he has impressed me no end.

"He's come out of his shell on the pitch. He could be anything he wants to be."

Mulhern is still only 18-years-old, and Latvia's under-19 side are not the standard of opposition he would be facing in the Championship, but at present he can only score against the teams put in front of him - and right now he is doing exactly that.

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