13.03.2015 at 12:00 Juliana Sportpark, Gravenzande
4 - 0
Ireland Under 16
Under 16 Tournament-match
Armando Obispo 37 mins;
Armando Obispo 42 mins;
Tim van de Schepop 80+1 mins
Tim van de Schepop 80+3
van der Muelenhoff,
van de Schepop,
Daniel Mc Kenna
Aaron O Driscoll
Rian O Sullivan
Ireland U16s suffer Dutch defeat in Gravenzande
REPUBLIC of Ireland U16s went down to an emphatic defeat against the Netherlands in a four-nations tournament in Gravenzande.
Netherlands 4-0 Republic of Ireland
Although the score-line was comprehensive in favour of the home side the reality was that Tom O’Connor’s side created several opportunities that on another day would have fallen in their favour.
The Dutch started strongly but Ireland soon settled and had the game’s first decent opportunity in the 35th minute when Adam Doyle burst down the right wing and sent in a cross for Thomas Byrne to turn goal-wards but without overly extending keeper Mike van der Muelenhoff.
Two minutes later the home side went ahead when Irish keeper Mark Travers ran out to clear a ball over the top but ended up handling the ball just outside his box. From the resulting free-kick Armando Obispo fired to the bottom right corner.
Ireland suffered a further blow just one minute into the second half when Travers made a close range save after a Dutch corner but the ball feel at the feet of Obispo and he turned the ball home for a second home goal.
O’Connor side showed real heart to battle back into the game and less than 60 seconds later Jayson Molumby was unlucky to see the keeper save his low strike after he burst through the Dutch defence.
In the 45th minute Shola Ayoola almost scored a bizarre goal when he blocked a clearance by a defender and the ball flew over the stranded keeper only to bounce over the open goal.
Two minutes later Byrne had another strike on goal but once again keeper van der Muelenhoff was able to save comfortably.
Irish keeper Travers showed his quality in the 57th minute when a Netherlands break saw Che Nunnely cut in from the right and fire in a low shot which Travers did well to save at his near post.
Two minutes later an Irish corner from Byrne found Dan McKenna at the back post and unfortunately for the defender his looping header landed on the roof of the Dutch crossbar and was cleared.
McKenna was sent-off after an incident in the Dutch penalty area five minutes from time and with just ten men the visitors were susceptible on the counterattack.
In the 81st minute the Netherlands cleared an Irish attacking free-kick and Nunnely raced away before crossing for Tim van de Schepop to turn home for their third goal.
To rub salt in the Irish wounds van de Schepop led another counter two minutes later and grabbed a fourth Dutch goal in injury-time.
After beating the USA on Wednesday, Ireland meet the Czech Republic in their final game of the tournament at the same venue on Sunday.
“A lot of the game we’re very pleased with considering the opposition. We had two very good chances to get back in the game at 2-0 down and we were on top at that point,” said Tom O’Connor.
“The score-line doesn’t really reflected the performance. We’re still in with a shout for the tournament in and that’s pleasing enough but it is about the experience for the lads.
“We had a couple of changes and didn’t take them while the Dutch were clinical. That’s a learning experience. The lads are down in the dumps but we’ll get them back up. We could have shut up shop but we wanted to keep going even with ten men.
“The players now know what it’s like playing against top class opposition. I feel we’ve made progress even if the score doesn’t suggest now.”
NETHERLANDS: van der Muelenhoff, Bakboord, Obispo, Teze, Wehman, Theunissen, Nunnely, Souren, van de Schepop, Schoonbrood, Adekanye. Subs: Justin Kuivert for Adeknaye 61 mins; Tahith Chong for Schoonbrood 61.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Mark Travers, Daniel McKenna, Tyreke Wilson, Aaron O’Driscoll, Jayson Molumby, Shola Ayoola, Thomas Byrne, Jamie Hamilton, James Finnerty, Rian O’Sullivan, Adam Doyle. Subs: Luke Kiely for Hamilton 41; Shane Stokes for Doyle 49; Eoin Porter for O’Sullivan 66.