23.10.2007 at 19:00 Holm Park, Armagh City
0 - 1
Ireland Under 16
Friendly / TS-match
Tuesday, October 23rd
Northern Ireland V Republic Of Ireland
Holm Park, Armagh City (7pm)
The Republic of Ireland got off to a flying start and attacked from the kick-off as they pushed forward in search of goals. Athlone Town’s, Robert Benson almost broke the deadlock mid-way through the first half as he ran on to a neat through-ball at the edge of the area, he skilfully flicked the ball over the on-rushing keeper but was unlucky to see his goal-bound effort cleared by the backtracking defenders from the goal-line.
Midfielder, Jeff Hendrick was unlucky not to open the scoring minutes later as his powerful strike from the edge of the box was well saved by the Northern Ireland keeper.
The Republic of Ireland were in the lead after 35 minutes when an in-swinging corner caused havoc in their opponents box, Millwall striker, George Landis’s effort was cleared off the goal-line to Mark O’ Brien who smashed it to the back of the net from close range.
The Republic started the second half where they left off earlier and should have doubled their advantage but for the heroics of the Northern Ireland keeper. An in-swinging cross from the left wing caused hesitancy in the North’s backline, the ball broke to the ever dangerous George Landais whose powerful shot was saved by the impressive keeper.
Speaking after the game, Republic of Ireland manager, Vincent Butler was happy with his side’s victory, “I think our lads were fantastic tonight, I definitely think we deserved to win by a bigger margin such was our dominance in every part of the field. It’s never easy to come to Northern Ireland and get a result, they are always very well organised and difficult to beat but everyone on the pitch tonight produced a marvellous display.”
Republic of Ireland
Aaron McCarey - Monaghan Utd
John Disney - Stockport County
Mark O'Brien - Cherry Orchard
Anthony O'Connor - Nu Farm Athletic
Danny Fitzsimons - Millwall
Daryl Horgan - Salthill Devon
Jeff Hendrick - St. Kevin’s Boys
Sean Skelly - Belvedere
Paul McBride - Tottenham Hotspur
Robert Benson - Athlone Town
George Landais - Millwall
Craig Sexton - Belvedere
Daniel Devine - Crumlin United on for O’ Connor, 80 Mins
Anthony Bolger - St. Kevin’s Boys on for Benson, 40 Mins
Stephen Chambers - Shelbourne on for Horgan, 75 Mins
Carl McHugh - Dungloe Town on for McBride, 40 Mins