25.10.2006 at 12:30 Home Farm Ground, Whitehall
Ireland Under 16
2 - 1
N Ireland B
Referee: R Winter (Ireland)
Friendly / TS-match
The Republic of Ireland Under 16 “B” side claimed a well deserved 2-1 victory over Northern Ireland “B” in a tightly contested game in Whitehall this afternoon.
Vincent Butler’s side got off to a flying start as they took the game to their opponents early on. After six minutes, Karl Sheppard had a glorious opportunity to score the opening goal as he raced onto a Satelle through ball but his effort was saved low-down by the Northern Ireland keeper.
Mervue United’s Greg Cunningham caused the Northern defence a lot of problems early on and after only ten minutes his cross to the back post was headed just wide by the un-marked David O’Brien.
Northern Ireland should have been a goal in front just before the break, a swift counter-attack from defence set Michael McCrudden up for a one-on-one with Ger Hanley in the Irish goal. McCrudden’s rushed shot narrowly passed Hanley’s post to the relief of the home support.
Greg Cunningham put the Republic a goal in front after 50 minutes, the Northern Ireland defence lost their concentration after being awarded advantage following a Republic offside which allowed Cunningham collect the ball in the Northern Ireland box and slammed home from close range.
Vincent Butler’s side doubled their advantage five minutes later. A long ball from defence caught Northern Ireland off-guard and substitute, David Ladola’s headed through ball found Satelle just outside the six yard box and slotted past the helpless keeper.
Northern Ireland pulled a goal back in the 65th minute. Striker, Lee McCaughern was put through on the Irish goal and he stroked the ball past Hanley to make the score 2-1.
As the game came to a close, Northern Ireland pushed players forward for the elusive equaliser but the Republic’s defence were well disciplined and held out for a well deserved victory.
Republic of Ireland
Ger Hanley (Salthill Devon)
Richie Towell (Crumlin United)
Michael O’Connor (Crumlin United)
Gavin McArdle (Home Farm)
Andy Boyle (Crumlin United)
David Cawley (Ballina Town)
David O’Brien (Crumlin United)
Paul Corry (Belvedere)
Karl Sheppard (Shelbourne)
Darragh Satelle (Celtic)
Greg Cunningham (Mervue United)
Stephen Last (Lourdes Celtic) on for Cawley, 71 Mins
John-Ross Bodkin (Mervue United) on for Sheppard, 71 Mins
David Ladola (Belvedere) on for O’Brien, 53 Mins
John Smyth (Muirhevnamor) on for Satelle, 60 Mins
Mark Connors (Crumlin United) on for Hanley, 78 Mins
Jason Hughes (Geraldines) on for Cunningham, 68 Mins