06.04.2016 at 19:00 Home farm FC
Ireland Under 16
0 - 3
Atalay Babacan 9 mins
Malik Karaahmet 17 mins;
Yunus Akgun 58 mins;
Ozan Can Oruç,
Ramazan Emirhan Civelek,
Ozan Muhammed Kabak,
Kerem Atakan Kesgin,
Enes Islam Ilkin,
Adnan Emir Koldere,
THE Republic of Ireland went down to a 3-0 loss to an impressive Turkey outfit in an entertaining U16 International Friendly game at Home Farm FC's Whitehall ground tonight.
6th Apr 2016
Paul Osam's side can perhaps consider themselves unlucky not to have at least found the target in a thrilling encounter but the Turks - unbeaten at this level with this group of players - were very impressive in the first half particularly.
Atalay Babacan opened the scoring in the ninth minute when he steered home from a low cross by Ramazan Civelek, who made a brilliant right-wing overlap before crossing.
The Turks extended their lead in the 17th minute when hesitant Irish defending was punished and Malik Karaahmet scored from close range after Irish keeper Brian Maher failed to hold onto an initial strike in slippery conditions.
Ireland had a chance to pull one back in the 23rd minute when Arsenal winger Nathan Tormey fired narrowly over with a free-kick from the edge of the box.
Two minutes later West Ham midfielder Conor Coventry delivered a brilliant corner and St Joseph's Boys defender Joe Redmond got a good connection but headed over from close range.
Early in the second half Mervue United striker Aaron Connolly showed his quality when he cut inside the Turkish defence and produced a powerful strike that keeper Ozan Can Oruç did well to parry.
Ireland's good pressure was undone when the Turks went 3-0 up in the 58th minute. Yunus Akgun scored at back post after a clever dribble down the right byline by Recep Gul and his cross failed to be cleared by the home defence.
Connolly had a low free-kick comfortably saved by the keeper in the 66th minute when just 60 seconds later St Kevin's Boys defender Dominic Peppard cut in from the left but his right-footed effort lacked the pace to overly trouble Can Oruç.
In the 71st minute a fantastic cross by Blackpool's Rowan Roache found the head of Connolly but the Turkish keeper made a top class stop to keep out the striker's header.
Roache hit another testing cross from the left in the 79th minute but Belvedere's Ruari Patton saw his header from a tight angle once again saved by the keeper.
The two sides will meet again at the same venue on Friday afternoon (12.00pm).
"It was a good learning curve for both myself and the coaching staff," said Ireland Head Coach Paul Osam.
"We were too open against such a high quality side as the Turks in the first half but we tightened things up at the break and in the second half we created numerous chances. The next step is to convert those chances but overall there were plenty of positives to take into Friday's game."
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Brian Maher, Luke Nolan, Dominic Peppard, Joe Redmond, Kevin Healy, Aaron Bolger, Conor Coventry, Cian Hughes, Rowan Roache, Aaron Connolly, Nathan Tormey.
Subs: Jordan Doherty for Hughes 61 mins; Ruari Patton for Tormey 61; Cameron Moore for Connolly 76.
TURKEY: Ozan Can Oruç, Ramazan Emirhan Civelek, Ozan Muhammed Kabak, Ercan Şirin, Kerem Atakan Kesgin, Malik Karaahmet, Atalay Babacan, Enes Islam Ilkin, Adnan Emir Koldere, Abdussamed Karnuçu, Yunus Akgün.
Subs: Bekir Melih Gökçimen for Sirin 41 mins; Ogün Çalişkan for Ilkin 41; Recep Gül for Koldere 41; Sefa Akgün for Karnuçu 69; Mehmet Kaan Türkmen for Karaahmet 69; Hasan Ali Adigüzel for Y Akgün 76.
RESULTS & FIXTURES
Wednesday, April 6
U16 International Friendly
Republic of Ireland 0-3 Turkey, Whitehall
Friday, April 8
U16 International Friendly
Republic of Ireland v Turkey, Whitehall (12.00pm)