12.03.2009 at 11:00 Oscar Traynor Road Development Centre
Ireland Under 16
2 - 5
Referee: Declan Hanney
Richard Bryan (65)
Chris Lyons (pen.) (80)
Anthony Koura 11 mins;
Geoffrey Komdogbia 15 mins,
Anthony Korua 35 mins;
Richard Bryan (o.g)65 mins;
Yaya Sanogo 77 mins
Gael Vena Diambu,
William Le Pogam,
Under-16 International Friendly
Republic of Ireland 2-5 France
The Republic of Ireland Under-16s staged a second half revival against France today in the second match of this week’s double-header at the Oscar Traynor Centre but the outcome looked certain at half-time.
Three goals in the opening half provided France with an adequate buffer and they managed to pick off the fight-back of Ireland by adding two late goals. Richard Bryon and Chris Lyons were on target for Ireland.
France took the lead after eleven minutes when Irish captain, Robert Maloney played a back-pass to goalkeeper Alan Smith but French attacker Anthony Koura was quick to close down the Irish keeper and slotted the ball into the net.
Irish keeper Alan Smith came to Ireland’s rescue after 14 minutes after an impressive counter attack from the French defence. Alvin Arrondel played a cutting through-ball to William le Pogam who beat the Irish off-side trap and ran through on goal but his shot was pawed away by Alan Smith from close range.
From the resulting corner, Geoffrey Komdogbia doubled France’s advantage. The Irish failed to clear an in-swinging corner from Alvin Arrondel and Komdogbia was on hand to blast the breaking ball into the net with his left foot after 15 minutes.
Anthony Koura scored his second goal of the game for the French after 35 minutes. The influential Jean-Christophe Bahebeck was on hand to play a clever through-ball to Koura who ran through on goal and blasted past Smith, giving him no chance.
Ireland almost grabbed one goal back before half time, John O’Sullivan made a darting run down the right hand side and he cut back to Daniel Mahon in the box who controlled the ball but his left-footed effort went just wide of Maxime Dupe’s post.
Substitutes Daniel McGuinness and Carl McHugh went close to finding a goal for Ireland in the early stages of the second half but they did get a deserved breakthrough on 65 minutes when Richard Bryan smashed the ball high into net following a flick on by McGuinness at the near post.
Aston Villa centre-half Bryon suffered a dose of bad luck when, only nine minutes after scoring at one end, he diverted a right-cross beyond his own goalkeeper Sean McDermott for an own goal.
France substitute Yaya Sanogo connected with Jean-Christophe Bahebeck’s precise free-kick to fire home the fifth goal with three minutes left before Chris Lyons pulled another goal back for the Irish deep into stoppage time from the penalty spot.
REP OF IRELAND: Alan Smith (Crumlin United); Conor Morrissey (Waterford Bohs), Neil Yadolahi (St. Kevin’s Boys), Richard Bryan (Aston Villa), Robert Maloney (St. Joseph's Boys); Daniel Purdy (Crumlin United), Callum Webb (Arsenal), Roy Collins (Ringmahon Rangers), David Murphy (All Blacks); John O’Sullivan (Belvedere), Daniel Mahon (Belvedere).
Substitutions: Sean McDermott (Vag FK) for Smith, Daniel McGuinness (Crumlin) for Murphy and Carl McHugh (Dungloe Town) for Collins (all half-time), Brian McGroary (Eanny Celtic) for Purdy (57 mins), Shane Byrne (Leicester City) for Webb, Ellis Tebbutt (Leicester City) for Mahon and Chris Lyons (Belvedere) for O’Sullivan (all 76 mins).
FRANCE: Maxime Dupe, Gael Vena Diambu, Alvin Arrondel, Geoff Komdogbia, Jean-Christophe Bahebeck, William Le Pogam, Mamadou Doucoure, Anthony Koura, Jeremy Obin, Florin Bischoff, Jerome Roussillon.
Substitutions: Yaya Sanogo for Koura and Lucas Digne for Bischoff (both half-time), Laurent Dos Santos for Obin (48 mins), Ibrahima Tandia for Le Pogam (75 mins).
REFEREE: Declan Hanney.