10.04.2008 at 17:45 Pat Kennedy Park, Listowel Celtic
Ireland Under 16
1 - 1
Referee: A Buttimer
Friendly / PROG-match
Sean Skelly (72)
Christopher-Massamba Mandiangu 2 mins;
Aaron Mc Carey
Stephen Mc Donnell
Marc-André ter Stegen,
Gerrit Nauber (C),
rep of Ireland 1 Germany 1
Irish substitute, Sean Skelly cancelled out Christopher-Massamba Mandiangu early opening goal as the Irish dominated proceedings at Listowel Celtic in front of nearly 3,000 spectators.
The game started with high intensity and it was the Germans who were the quickest off the mark.
In the second minute, a dangerous cross from the right wing caused hesitancy in the Irish defence and the ball found its way to Christopher-Massamba Mandiangu inside the six-yard box and he poked home from close range to give his side an early advantage.
The German side controlled the game for large periods of the opening 25 minutes and the Irish defence were on-guard to snuff out any attacking play, after 23 minutes, midfielder, Mario Goetze ran on to a perfectly timed through-ball with just the keeper to beat but Millwall's Danny Fitzsimons recovered quickly and tackled the ball from Goetze.
There were a number of chances for both sides just before the break, Reading's Oliver Kelly provided a deep cross to Danny Fitzsimons who flung himself at the ball but his effort went just wide. From the resulting break, the Germans raced towards the Irish goal and Mario Goetze stung Aaron McCarey's hand in the Irish goal with his effort from 10 yards.
Deep into injury time, Listowel Celtic striker, Bryan Murphy burst through the German midfield and he squared the ball to strike partner Robert Benson who's powerful shot from the edge of the 18 yard box was just wide of the goal.
The Irish should have been ahead with five minutes played in the second half, Robert Benson latched onto a cutting pass from midfield and he raced towards the on-rushing keeper but his effort shaved off the outside of the post.
Substitute Sean Skelly gave the large attending crowd something to cheer after 72 minutes, he cleverly made room for a cross on the right flank and his deep cross was mis-judged by the keeper who carried it over the line under pressure from local man, Bryan Murphy.
Two minutes later, Belvedere midfielder, Skelly was on hand yet again as he provided a pin-point cross to fellow substitute, Michael Rafter who chested the ball down but Germany keeper, Marc-André ter Stegen dived at the feet of the Borris St. Kevins striker to claim the ball.
Republic of Ireland: Aaron McCarey, Danny Joyce, Sean Stewart, Ryan Connolly, Mark O’Brien (C), David Culhane, Danny Fitzsimons, Stephen McDonnell Oliver Kelly, Robert Benson, Bryan Murphy,
Substitutes: Ciaran Gallagher (GK), Leigh Swords (on for O' McDonnell, 75 Mins), John Egan (on for O'Brien, 52 Mins), Anthony O’Connor, Shane Murray, Sean Skelly (on for Benson, 65 Mins), Michael Rafter (on for Stewart, 52 Mins)
Germany: Marc-André ter Stegen, Jens Gottschick, Khaled Mesfin-Mulugeta, Tommy Grupe, Gerrit Nauber (C), Matthias Zimmermann, Mario Goetze, Sebastian Dreier, Markus Ziereis, Christopher-Massamba Mandiangu, Abu-Bakarr Kargbo
Substitutes: Jonas Ermes (GK), Lennard Anjetey Sowah, Lennart Thy, Alexander Merkel