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26.05.2010 at 19:30 RSC Waterford Attendance:
Ireland Under 23 1 - 2 England
Referee: Alan Kelly (Cork) Under 23 International Challenge Trophy-match

Paddy Madden (67)
Andrew Fleming 27 mins,
Max Porter 63 mins,
Opening squads
Billy Dennehy
Ronan Finn
Ross Gaynor
Paul Byrne
Darren Quigley
Stephen Mulcahy
Conor Powell
Kenny Browne
Gary Breen
James Chambers
Stephen O Donnell
Deering (Rodman 90),
Robert Duggan
Paddy Madden
Greg Bolger
Shaun Kelly
Lorcan Fitzgerald
Gary Mc Cabe
Padraig Amond
Shaun Kelly -> Kenny Browne (36)
Paddy Madden -> Paul Byrne (46)
Gary Mc Cabe -> Ross Gaynor (59)
Greg Bolger -> Stephen O Donnell (64)
Padraig Amond -> Ronan Finn (86)
Jarvis for Fleming 74 mins,
Obeng for Morgan-Smith 81 mins,
Hall for Porter 84 mins,
Rodman for Deering 90 mins,
Yellow cards
None. None
Red cards
None. None
Match report | Preview
Under-23 International Challenge Trophy
Republic of Ireland 1-2 England
Paddy Madden 67 Andrew Fleming 27
Max Porter 63

England got the upper hand over the Republic of Ireland in tonights match at the Waterford RSC thanks to a goal in each half.

The visitors were two goals to the good by the time substitute Paddy Madden replied for the Irish.

That goal on 67 minutes sparked a revival by Paul Doolins side but they were unable to capitalise on their territorial advantage and grab an equaliser.

A positive start from the Irish suggested that they had enough quality to collect the victory from this fixture as James Chambers set up Ronan Finn for an early chance, but the midfielders touch was too heavy and the ball got away from him at the crucial time.

Then Paul Byrne just missed out on connecting with a superb cross from Ross Gaynor as the hosts turned on the style in the opening passage of play in front of a strong crowd.

But England had arrived with a gameplan and some good players. One of those, Andrew Fleming, smashed a header against the crossbar after a fine cross from Sean Newton.

Fleming then broke the deadlock on 27 minutes when he picked up a loose ball in midfield following a mistake by Ireland captain Stephen O Donnell and cooly slotted in from the edge of the penalty area.

Ireland did respond well to that set-back with Finn having a shot blocked and Billy Dennehy blasting over as Doolins youngsters streamed forward in search of an equalisier.

However, they fell further behind on 63 minutes when Max Porter scored from close range following a flick on from Tom Cadmore after he rose highest to meet Flemings corner.

That goal came against the run of play as it was the Irish who looked the more threatening and they fully deserved their goal when Gary McCabe played a delightful ball through to fellow substitute Paddy Madden, who fired in a left-footed strike.

Padraig Amond could have levelled matters when he broke free in the closing minutes, but the Sligo Rovers forward drilled his shot wide rather than across the face of the goal.

A spirited performance from the Irish came up just short as an impressive England side collected a deserved win to boost their chances of progressing further in the competition.

Republic of Ireland U23: Quigley; Mulcahy, Breen, Browne (Kelly 36), Powell; Gaynor (McCabe 59), Finn (Amond 86), O Donnell (Bolger 64), Chambers, Dennehy; Byrne (Madden h/t).

Substitutes Not Used: Duggan, Fitzgerald.

England U23: Roberts; Densmore, Cadmore, Gregory, Newtown; Morgan-Smith (Obeng 81), McFadzean, Fleming (Jarvis 74), Porter (Hall 84); Deering (Rodman 90), Barnes-Homer.

Substitutes Not Used: Mimms, Saah, Garner.

Referee: Alan Kelly (Cork)
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