Seasider's Irish appearance

WES Hoolahan has made his bow for the Republic of Ireland.

But he couldn't prevent his country from an embarrassing 1-1 draw with a lowly ranked club side.

Hoolahan came on as a 70th minute substitute during Ireland's practice match against Portuguese outfit Portimonese.

In front of new coach Giovanni Trapattoni, Hoolahan replaced Reading's Stephen Hunt.

Hoolahan did not feature in the second game of the Republic's training camp, a 3-1 win over Lagos.