After a second European Championships finals in a row where Ireland had the oldest squad, there was certainly reason for an amount of pessimism regarding the long-term prospects of the Irish football team.
In recent weeks though, the emergence of several promising young players has given reason for optimism. Ryan Manning is making inroads with QPR, Liam Kelly with Reading and Connor Ronan with Wolves, just to name a few.
At Huddersfield Town, Sam Warde is making an impression. The Limerick teenager got the winner for Huddersfield Town U23s in their Premier League Cup game against West Brom on Tuesday night with a stunning strike. It was his second goal for the Huddersfield U23s this season.
Warde, who has been with Huddersfield since the 2014/15 season, when he joined from his local side Mungret, is described by the club as being a 'tall and elegant playmaker'.
Forward to around 1:30 below to see the goal.