12.10.2006 at 19:30 Home Farm Ground, Whitehall
Ireland Under 16
1 - 1
A last minute equaliser by Wales deprived Ireland of their first win of the season at Whitehall in this evenings Under 16 international friendly.
Republic of Ireland 1 – 1 Wales
Dunleavy 40 Hurdman 80
Centre-back John Dunleavy headed Ireland into the lead on the stroke of half-time but the visitors clawed their way back into the contest with a terrific long-range strike by Matthew Hurdman as the final whistle approached.
Ireland had the better of the first half and nearly went ahead after 18 minutes when Gearoid Morrissey angled his shot high and wide.
Striker Paul Murphy, who missed Ireland's matches against Finland last week through injury, formed a lively front-line alongside debutant Joe Mason. Murphy broke through from a Mason pass on the half hour mark but spurned the chance by clipping the ball wide.
Ireland took a deserved lead into the half-time interval. Murphy's testing shot was palmed over the crossbar by the Wales 'keeper Jonathon North in the 40th minute but the resultant corner from Robert Brady found Dunleavy at the back post who nodded the ball low into the net.
Irish skipper Conor Clifford had the best chance of extending the lead midway through the second half after his speculative shot almost caught out the 'keeper who had to retreat in order to prevent the effort curling into the top corner.
Wales threatened late on and issued a warning in the closing stages with a shot by Roberts which rebounded off the crossbar.
They did manage to find the equaliser as the game neared the final whistle when Hurdman rifled his shot beyond the Irish 'keeper from 30-yards out.
Harry Lee (Charlton Athletic)
Niall Byrne (Home Farm)
Mark Power (Aston Villa)
John Dunleavy (Ballybofey United)
Kallum Keane (Derby County)
Gearoid Morrissey (Ringmahon Rangers)
Aaron Doran (Blackburn Rovers)
Conor Clifford (Crumlin Utd)
Robert Brady (St. Kevins)
Paul Murphy (Ipswich Town)
Joe Mason (Plymouth Argyle)
Mark Connolly (Monaghan Utd) for Keane (Half-time)
Conor Hourihane (Douglas Hall) for Clifford (72 mins)
Karl Sheppard (Shelbourne) for Mason (78 mins)