12.05.2013 at 15:00 Shanowen Road
Ireland Under 16
1 - 0
UEFA U16 Dev Tournament / *PROG-match
Cihangir Ozlokman ,
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The Republic of Ireland boys U16 squad started the UEFA U16 development tournament on a high this afternoon in St Kevin’s Boys- Shanowen Road with a 1-0 win over their German counterparts.
The game started at a good pace which was set the tone for the duration of the fixture. In the opening minutes both sides had good chances with Germany’s Arianit Ferati coming close with a free-kick on the edge of the box while Ireland’s front man Cemal Ramadan blasted a shot just over the German goal.
Germany continued to pose a threat to the Irish side with Leandro Putaro cutting in from the right on four occasions and drilling down low towards James Talbot in the Irish goal, which saw the Irish captain pull off some firm saves.
However, in the thirteenth minute it was the Irish who broke the deadlock through Derek Daly. The ball dropped to Daly in the box, who drove home what was to be the deciding goal of the game after a wide free kick on the right swung in by Shane Elworthy.
The early goal allowed the Irish players to settle into their grove and push forward on the break at every opportunity. Good work from Anthony Dolan in midfield saw him gain possession of the ball and fire a shot on goal that was well saved by Nikolas Tix in the German goal.
The German players began to get a foothold back in the game and played some lovely football at times. Good build up play allowed Ferati another effort on goal but the German playmaker saw his shot fly over the bar. The Irish defence stood strong and reached the interval without being troubled after this. Ireland themselves came close to going in two up at the break after a ball broke broke to George Poynton on the edge of the box which saw the midfielder blaze over the post.
Germany came out of the traps the better team in the second half. Arianit Ferati set up Captain David Puetz from a free-kick, who forced a superb save from Talbot who got down well to his right six minutes into the second half. The Germans continued to probe in a period of the game that witnessed speculative efforts from Ferati and substitute Kilian Kustermann.
In the sixty-seventh minute, danger man Ferati troubled right-back Colm Deasy before getting to the by line and diving a low ball across the Irish box which was excellently cleared by Danny Kane, who was a rock at the back for the Irish all day. The game continued to be played in a competitive nature with some strong tackles coming from both sides resulting in Jesse Devers needing treatment and Jack Tuite picking up a yellow card.
Once again, the Germans bombed forward. Midfielder Suat Serdar produced a fine save from Talbot in the Irish goal after a shot that was destined for the top corner before Marvin Mehlen had a penalty claim waved away by referee Eoghan O’Shea.
Ireland had two more chances to put the game to bed in the final minutes. Cemel Ramadan saw his shot flash wide of the German goal and Anthony Dolan was unlucky to see his chipped effort cleared over the bar, a goal that would have topped off a fine display for Dolan who worked tirelessly throughout.
Germany continued to pressure right up to the last kick of the game. Multiple free-kicks on the edge of Ireland’s box saw a frantic goalmouth scramble and claims of handball from the German players as the ball was cleared and final whistle was blown.
Final score: Ireland 1-0 Germany.
Tournament rivals Belgium saw a convincing win in the Oscar Traynor Development Centre this afternoon also, trouncing Romania 5-0.
Ireland take on Romania tomorrow, with Germany facing Belgium tomorrow in Whitehall-Home Farm FC and Frank Cooke Park respectively. Both games kick off at 5pm and entry is free.
Ireland: James Talbot, Colm Deasy, Danny Kane, Dan Casey, Anthony Breslin, George Poynton (Jack Tuite 66 mins), Shane Elworthy, Robbie Duggan, Cemal Ramadan (Malike Benrougguibi 82 mins), Anthony Dolan, Derek Daly (Jesse Devers 57 mins)
Germany: Nikolas Tix, Frank Ronstadt, Jordan Torunarigha (Dren Feka 64 mins), David Puetz, Suat Serdar, Leandro Putaro (Sheron Demarveay 41 mins), Marius Lehner (Marvin Mehlen 41 mins), Leon Kern, Arianit Ferati, Cihangir Ozlokman (Kilian Kustermann 41 mins), Kevin Ikpide (Jannes Horn 64 mins)