28.08.2008 at 19:00 Home Farm Ground, Whitehall
Ireland Under 16
1 - 0
Referee: Neil Doyle
Pembrokeshire Cup / TS-match
Sean Mc Dermott
Sean Mc Ginty
Daniel Mc Guinness
Republic of Ireland 1-0 Wales
Vincent Butler's Republic of Ireland under 16 side claimed the Pembroke Cup in Whitehall after they defeated a hard-working Wales side by 1-0.
A David Murphy goal on the hour mark proved to be the difference between the two teams in a tight affair. In a closely fought first half, it was the Irish who created the first real chance of the game after 20 minutes. Derrick Williams who caused the Wales defence a lot of problems on the left-wing early on ran on to a half-clearance at the edge of the box but his snap-shot screwed just to the left and wide.
Central defender, Sean McGinty almost opened the scoring with a spectacular individual effort after the half-hour mark. He took the ball out of defence and surged through midfield and his effort from 35 yards was pawed away by Jonathan Bond in the Wales goal who took no chances with McGinty's shot.
Vincent Butler's side had a glorious opportunity after 36 minutes when Anthony Forde flighted a cross-field ball into the penalty area, Daniel Purdy evaded the defence but his effort from 10 yards went just over the bar.
Just before half time, Irish striker Daniel McGuinness raced through on goal as he collected a clever through-ball from the Irish midfield but once again Jonathan Bond in the Welsh goal was out early and saved McGuinness's lob to send the two teams into the half-time break scoreless.
The Republic of Ireland scored the winning goal after 60 minutes; defender, James Kavanagh delivered a free-kick from the half-way line into the Welsh box and substitute, David Murphy controlled the ball under the close attention of the Wales defence and he smashed the ball home from 8 yards out giving Bond no chance in the Welsh goal.
Wales almost equalised after 65 minutes when midfielder, Emyr Huws tried his luck with a free-kick from 45 yards out, much to the surprise of the Irish defence. His effort was just inches over the bar.
Butler's side finished the game strongly and they had a succession of opportunities to seal the win; Brian McGroary made a darting run up the right wing and his pin-point cross found Gary Merritt on the back post but his first time shot was parried by Jonathan Bond as far as Daniel McGuinness who's effort went just over the bar.
Republic of Ireland: Sean McDermott, James Kavanagh, Robert Maloney (C), Michael Barker, Sean McGinty, Anthony Forde, Ellis Tebbutt, John Mountney, Daniel McGuinness, Daniel Purdy, Derrick Williams
Substitutes: Conor Morrissey (on for Kavanagh, 61 mins), Carl McHugh (on for Mountney, 50 mins), Merritt (on for Purdy, 61 mins), Brian McGroary (on for Tebbutt, 65 mins), Niall Burdon (on for McDermott, 50 mins), David Murphy (on for Williams, 50 mins), John O’ Sullivan
Wales: Jonathan Bond, Aaron Phillips, Max Penk, Joshua Roberts, Aaron Hollaway, Kurtis March, Emyr Huws, Brandon Davies, Richard Caine, George Colson, Iain Edmunds
Substitutes: Daniel Ward, Connor Wickham, Jonathan Williams, Robert Salathiel, Ryan Connolly, Jonathan Evans, Luke Mathias, Adam Davies