15.05.2013 at 11:00 Oscar Traynor Road
Ireland Under 16
2 - 0
Referee: Matthew Farrell
UEFA U16 Dev Tournament / PROG/TS-match
Youri Tielemans (Capt),
Ayrton Mboko ,
Dylan De Bruycker
Malike Benrougguibi -> Shane Elworthy (62)
Derek Daly -> Graham Kelly (72)
Nathan Leyder for Dries Wouters 7 mins;
Quintin Steelant for Nordin Jackers 41 mins;
Arno Verschueren for Ilkan Cavus 41 mins;
Ryan Kabir for Paolino Bertaccini 41 mins;
Holly Tshimanga for Thibault Vlietinck 41 mins;
Dylan Damraoui for Jeff Callebaut 41 mins;
Tony Amrani for Ayrton Mboko 41 mins;
Amarildo Gsoka for Dylan De Bruycker 58 mins;
Ireland came into their final UEFA U16 Development tournament game today (Wednesday) against Belgium in the Oscar Traynor Development Centre a little shaken after being defeated by Romania on Monday. Today’s opposition, Belgium, had previously triumphed a considerable 5-0 over their Romanian counterparts in the opening tournament game on Sunday.
The game, which kicked off at 11am, was initially slow to get moving with strong winds and torrential showers holding both teams back. Belgium were forced to make an early substitution just seven minutes into the game when Dries Wouters limped off after a strong tackle just outside the Belgian box.
Play during the initial minutes was dominated around midfield, with both sides battling hard to overcome the adverse weather conditions they faced. The game finally came to life in the eleventh minute when Ireland number 15, Graham Kelly played a great ball forward down the left wing for Cemal Ramadam, who was narrowly beaten to goalfront by Ilkan Cavus. A play which we were to see for much of the game, with Ramadam grafting hard throughout.
The fruits of Kelly and Ramadam’s strong partnership came to light in the fifteenth minute however, when Graham Kelly bombed down the wing and played a great ball forward to Ramadam who picked Anthony Dolan out after positioning himself well and had a clear shot on goal. Firing in Ireland’s first of the day.
This initial lead energised the boys in green, who then dominated play for the rest of the first half. Belgium responded at times, with Jeff Callebaut firing the ball over the Irish bar with 23 minutes gone. Belgium piled pressure on Ireland however, holding the ball in their half and defending well where necessary.
Graham Kelly proved Ireland’s great playmaker of the first half, creating lots of chances, but Ireland not quite getting there. With 35 mins gone in the first half Cemal Ramadam was taken down in the box for a penalty. Ramadam took the shot himself, confidently curling it into the bottom left hand corner of the Belgian net.
Ramadam, clearly inspired by his appearance on the scoresheet, could have extended Ireland’s lead to three goals with 39 minutes gone lobbing the Belgian goalkeeper, but narrowly missing. Approaching the break, Belgium 0-2 Ireland.
Belgium were clearly keen to turn the game around in the second half, making no less than five substitutions at the interval, introducing a host of fresh legs to rejuvenate play.
Ireland’s first chance of the second half came three minutes into play, when Anthony Breslin’s free kick narrowly skimmed the Belgian post. Cemal Ramadam replied shortly after with a shot on Belgian goal, which was capably saved by sub goalkeeper Quintin Steelant.
Belgium came close five minutes later when a scramble in front of the Irish goal resulted in Jeff Callebaut’s header being saved by Evan Moran. Ireland let their heads drop momentarily in the second half, conceding no less than four frees in front of their own goal. However, a strong line of defence cleared any Belgian attempts to narrow the gap.
Belgium looked the stronger team for part of the second half, pressing forward and looking very dangerous in front of Irish goal. Another scramble at the Irish goal with 60 minutes gone resulted in a header from Tony Amrani going narrowly wide.
Ireland responded well, and hung on to the lead without conceding a goal right up to the final whistle, despite a potentially fatal fumble by Evan Moran in the Irish goal with just four minutes to go.
FT Ireland 2-0 Belgium.
Today’s other result in the UEFA U16 Development tournament saw Germany trounce Romania 10-1 in Shanowen Road, which means that both Ireland and Germany finish the tournament on six points each. Ireland narrowly beating Germany on head to head following Sunday’s 1-0 win.
Ireland: Evan Moran, Colm Deasy, Anthony Breslin,Danny Kane, Dan Casey, George Poynton, Shane Elworthy (Malike Benrougguibi 62’), Robbie Duggan (capt), Cemal Ramadan, Anthony Dolan, Graham Kelly (Derek Daly 76’)
Belgium: Nordin Jackers (Quintin Steelant 41’), Dries Wouters (Nathan Leyder 7’), Senna Miangue, Ilkan Cavus (Arno Verschueren 41’) , Paolino Bertaccini (Ryan Kabir 41’), Youri Tielemans (Capt), Thibault Vlietinck (Holly Tshimanga 41), Benoit Nyssen, Jeff Callebaut (Dylan Damraoui 41’), Ayrton Mboko (Tony Amrani 41’), Dylan De Bruycker (Amarildo Gsoka 58’)