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17.01.2012 at 16:00 Estádio Municipal das Caldas da Rainha. Attendance:
Portugal 2 - 1 Ireland Under 16
Referee: Friendly-match

Hugo Meira 43 Mins, Conor Dimaio (18)
Eoghan Stokes (43)
Opening squads
Peter Burke
Alex O Hanlon
Robin Dempsey
Noe Baba
Daniel Crowley
Ryan Rainey
Craig Donnellan
Conor Dimaio
Dean O Halloran
Bobby Moseley
Eoghan Stokes
Liam Traynor
Cody Mulhall
None Cody Mulhall -> Conor Dimaio (53)
Liam Traynor -> Ryan Rainey (58)
Yellow cards
None None.
Red cards
None None.
Other statistics
0 Shots 0
0 Shots on goal 0
0 Offsides 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Free kicks 0
0 Penalties 0
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Connor Dimaio 18 Hugo Meira 43

Eoghan Stokes 30

The Republic of Ireland Under-16s registered a well-earned win over Portugal today at the Estádio Municipal das Caldas da Rainha.

Ireland raced into a two goal lead by the half-hour mark courtesy of strikes by Connor Dimaio and Eoghan Stokes, before Hugo Meira brought the hosts back into the contest early in the second half.

The performance and result were of huge encouragement to Ireland Head Coach John Morling who will use give his seven substitutes starting slots in Thursdays second part of the double-header.

It was Irelands strong showing in the early exchanges that provided a platform for them to take control of the tie.

There looked little on when midfielder Connor Dimaio received the ball 25 yards from goal on 18 minutes but his ferocious drive rattled the net for the opener.

Ireland maintained their rhythm and were rewarded for that endeavour with a second goal on 30 minutes when Dean O Hallorans cross was swept home by striker Eoghan Stokes.

It could have got even better for Morlings side five minutes later had Stokes not had his header batted away by Portuguese goalkeeper Joao Costa.

As expected, Portugal came at their visitors from the off in the second half and got on the scoresheet within three minutes of the restart.

Centre-back Hugo Meira was first to react when a free-kick whipped in from the flank and he swept the ball home from close-range.

The pressure continued from the hosts but Irish goalkeeper Peter Burke was on hand to keep his side in the lead with a series of saves.

"The first half display was excellent and we could have been further ahead by the break," said Ireland Head Coach John Morling afterwards.

"It was great to see the players passing and movement create the amount of chances they did.

"Conceding the goal so soon after half-time was a disappointment but I thought our defending was brilliant and we deservedly won the game."

The second game of the week between the nations takes place on Thursday at the Estádio Municipal da Nazaré (11am).

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND U-16: Burke (Moville Celtic); Rainey (Bonagee Utd), Baba (Castlebar Celtic), Dempsey (Northend United), Mosely (Birmingham City); O Halloran (Southend), Crowley (Aston Villa), C. Donnellan (Corinthians), O Hanlon (St. Kevins Boys); Dimaio (Sheffield United); Stokes (St. Kevins Boys).

Subs: Mulhall (Stella Maris) for Dimaio (53 mins), Traynor (St. Josephs Boys) for Rainey (58 mins).
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