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16.02.2015 at 12:00 Gannon Park Attendance:
Ireland Under 16 2 - 2
(5 - 3 PEN.)
Czech Rep
Referee: UEFA U16 Dev Tournament / PROG-match

Jamie Hamilton (47)
Shola Ayoola (73)
Jan KraL 25 mins;
David Huf 53 mins
Opening squads
Paul Martin
James Finnerty
Thomas O Connor
Tyreke Wilson
Thomas Byrne
Sean Callan
Calum Nicell
Shola Ayoola
Jamie Hamilton
Daniel Mc Kenna
Jason Molumby
Denis Groger,
Ales Brudna,
Adam Obdrzalek,
Patrik Zitny,
Lukas Pihrt,
David Huf,
Tomas Arzberger,
Marek Stribrsky,
Patrik Ondrasek,
Alexandr Holec,
Jan Kral.
Declan Rice
Eoin Porter
Luke Kiely
Jakub Sipek ;
Martin Zikl ;
Jakub Matkovic;
Antonin Rusek .
Declan Rice -> Thomas O Connor (41)
Luke Kiely -> Calum Nicell (41)
Eoin Porter -> Jamie Hamilton (67)
Jakub Sipek for Arzberger 50 mins;
Martin Zikl for Stribrsky 50 mins;
Jakub Matkovic for Brudna 50 mins;
Antonin Rusek for Zitny 76 m ins.
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
Match report
Republic of Ireland 2-2 Czech Republic (Ireland win 5-3 on pens)

Tom O’Connor’s Irish side produced a competitive display to twice bounce back from a goal down to equalise and were then perfect from the spot in the shoot-out.

Ireland threatened first in the fifth minute when a dangerous low cross-shot from Jamie Hamilton was spilled by keeper Denis Groger and Thomas O'Connor was denied a goal by a brave close-range block.

Five minutes later Irish keeper Paul Martin comfortably saved a low strike from David Huf then in the 11th minute it took a decent stop by Martin to get down to a snap-shot from Tomas Arzberger.

Ireland went down the other end of the field less than a minute later and a low drive from Jayson Molumby whistled narrowly wide.

This tournament features some experimental rules which include a sin-bin system rather than players being yellow-carded and when the Czechs had Marek Stribrsky off the field when they scored the opener.

A well-delivered free-kick from Lukas Pihrt was headed home by Jan Kral in the 25th minute to put the visitors ahead and they held that lead until seven minutes into the second half.

Ireland’s equaliser also came from a set-piece as Jamie Hamilton scored with a rebound effort after his initial free-kick came back off the wall.

The Czechs regained the lead with a 53rd minute free-kick. David Huf smashed home brilliantly with a vicious delivery from wide on the right.

Home keeper Paul Martin made another good save to keep Ireland in the game when he used his feet to deny Jakub Sipek in the 62nd minute.

Ireland levelled in the 73rd minute when Shola Ayoola turned the ball home after keeper Groger spilled a Luke Kiely free-kick and three minutes into injury-time Ayoola was denied the winner by a goal-line clearance from Alexandr Holec.

In the penalty shoot-out Jayson Molumby, Tyreke Wilson, Thomas Byrne and Luke Kiely scored before Martin saved from Jakub Sipek and captain Dan McKenna scored the winner for the Irish. Martin Zikl, Huf, and Adam Obdrzalek scored for the Czechs.

“It was pleasing to once again show that practice pays off in the penalty shoot-out as that was our second 100 per cent success rate from the spot-kicks,” said Irish coach Tom O’Connor.

“We started nine players who did not start against Austria on Sunday and that is the principle target for this tournament, to introduce players to this level of the game.

“It was pleasing that we showed character once again to bounce back from going a goal down. We did that twice on this occasion and the players have shown that the can adjust to international football against a decent side in the Czech Republic.”

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Paul Martin, Daniel McKenna, Tyreke Wilson, Thomas O’Connor, Jayson Molumby, Shola Ayoola, Thomas Byrne, Jamie Hamilton, Callum Nicell, James Finnerty, Sean Callan. Subs: Declan Rice for O’Connor 41 mins; Luke Kiely for Nicell 41; Eoin Porter for Hamilton 67.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Denis Groger, Ales Brudna, Adam Obdrzalek, Patrik Zitny, Lukas Pihrt, David Huf, Tomas Arzberger, Marek Stribrsky, Patrik Ondrasek, Alexandr Holec, Jan Kral. Subs: Jakub Sipek for Arzberger 50; Martin Zikl for Stribrsky 50; Jakub Matkovic for Brudna 50; Antonin Rusek for Zitny 76.


UEFA U16 Development Tournament

Sunday, February 15

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Austria, Shanowen Road (12.00pm);

Denmark 3-0 Czech Republic, Home Farm FC, Whitehall (2.00pm).

Monday, February 16

Denmark 0-2 Austria, AUL Complex;

Republic of Ireland 2-2 Czech Republic, Gannon Park.

Wednesday, February 18

Denmark v Republic of Ireland, AUL Complex (10.30am);

Czech Republic v Austria, Home Farm FC, Whitehall (10.30am).
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