12.04.2011 at 17:00 Turners Cross
Ireland Under 16
0 - 1
Referee: Graham Kelly
Friendly / *-match
Daniel O Reilly
Kevin O Connor
Kyle Mc Fadden
Dylan Mc Glade
Gary O Neill
Van Den Ackeveken,
REP OF IRELAND U-16 A 0-1 BELGIUM U-16 A
David Cino 30
The Republic of Ireland Under-16 A team created the better chances at Turners Cross against Belgium but ended up on the losing side to a solitary strike.
Ireland carved out several openings before David Cino scored against the run of play just past the half hour to hand Belgium victory.
Captain Sam Byrne, leading the Irish line, was a menace for the visitors throughout the opening half.
He swivelled past his marker at the edge of the box on twelve minutes and delivered an inviting cross that required Charlie Ickhaus to clear the danger.
From the resultant corner by Gary O Neill, Lucas Pirard could only flap the cross to Kevin O Connor eight yards out but the Curracloe United midfielder scuffed his shot.
A well worked free-kick on 25 minutes by O Connor released Byrne into the box and his effort from an acute angle was batted away by Pirard.
Byrne created Irelands clearest opportunity of the game three minutes when he charged down Pirards attempted clearance. Unluckily for the St. Josephs Boys, his subsequent shot rebounded off the inside of the post and back into play.
Belgium hit the front on 31 minutes with their first real attack of the game. David Cino ghost in from the left wing undetected and beat Eric Grimes with powerful angled shot.
The second half was more of a scrappy affair with substitute Dylan Hayes seeing his half volley sail wide and O Connor having a deflected effort from the edge of the box gathered by Pirard.
Five minutes from full-time, Byrne latched onto a long ball and pushed it past the onrushing goalkeeper only for Ickhaus to produce a last-ditch tackle and prevent a certain goal.
Defender Kyle McFadden had Irelands final chance in stoppage time with a looping header which spun over as their best endeavours to find a leveller came up short.
REP OF IRELAND U-16 A: Grimes (Ringmahon Rangers); Mullaney (Portlaoise), McFadden (Swilly Rovers), D. O Reilly (Cherry Orchard), Lewis (Aston Villa); Nsay (Cherry Orchard), O Connor (Curracloe Utd), O Neil (Kingdom Boys); McGlade (Shelbourne), Byrne (St. Josephs Boys), Grealish (Aston Villa).
Subs: Coyne (Cherry Orchard) for Lewis, Hayes (St. Josephs Boys) for O Neil, Mulroney (Crumlin United) for Nsay (all h/t), Percil (Tottenham Hotspur) for Grealish (58 mins), Leddy (Cavan Shamrocks) for O Connor, R. O Reilly (Ballyjamesduff) for D. O Reilly (both 76 mins).
BELGIUM U-16 A : Pirard, Lucigno, Van Den Ackeveken, Haagen, Ickhaus, Hendrick, Cino, Paqvet, Da Silva, Quenelle, Raeymaekers.
Subs: Rogiest, Vertichelen, Reuten, Sallaets, Galvez Lopez.
REFEREE: Graham Kelly.