08.04.2016 at 15:00 Home Farm
Ireland Under 16
0 - 2
Atalay Babacan 13 mins;
Malik Karaahmet 65 mins;
Richie O Farrell
Atakan Akyol ,
Ramazan Emirhan Civelek,
Bekir Melih Gökçimen,
Ozan Muhammed Kabak ,
Enes Islam Ilkin,
Hasan Ali Adigüzel,
Mehmet Kaan Türkmen
THE Republic of Ireland were beaten 2-0 by Turkey in the second of two U16 international friendlies at Home Farm FC earlier today.
8th Apr 2016
Paul Osam's side produced a competitive display without really extending their impressive opponents.
Turkey took the lead in somewhat fortunate circumstances in the 13th minute when the Irish defence failed to clear their lines and the ball ricocheted back into the penalty to send Atalay Babacan through to finish sharply.
The rest of the half saw Ireland produced a measured display but it was not until early in the second half that the some side really began to test the Turkish defence.
Ten minutes after the restart Rowan Roache fired in a low cross that a defender did well to steer over his own crossbar as Aaron Connolly slid in looking to a decisive touch in front of goal.
The impressive Recep Gül produced a stinging shot in the 55th minute that Irish keeper Tom Murphy did well to tip over.
Turkey's second goal in the 65th minute was disappointing for the home side. A corner from Babacan found the head of Kerem Kesgin and Murphy did well to turn the ball onto the crossbar and Malik Karaahmet reacted first to head home from the rebound.
In the 78th minute a low strike by Aaron Connolly whistled just wide after a flick on by Luke Nolan and one minute later Connolly produced a shot from distance which keeper Atakan Akyol spilled but the loose ball rolled wide.
"We're disappointed to lose. You can accept when teams beat you with high quality goals but the two goals we gave away today were very soft. The first one was a mistake and the second one was from losing a man at a corner. Those type of goals are preventable," said Osam.
"For the rest of the game we limited them. They didn't create a huge amount of chances. We'd worked very hard both in meetings, on the pitch and through the use of the tactics board to show the players since the first game how we could be harder to score against.
"I felt that we limited the number of chances they had so we were effective from that perspective. The players responded well to the tasks that we set for them.
"In fairness we did not create a lot ourselves but that's international football. These are games are difficult to play in. We created some half-chances late on.
"Overall I think the players did well. The results of these games won't have a profound effect on the players' careers but the things they'll have learned will have much greater impact on their careers.
"The players now know the level you have to get at in terms of fitness and pace of the game from this level of the game. I'm happy that they've learned a lot."
After participating in the Victory Shield competition before Christmas, the Irish U16s will now be looking towards the UEFA Development Tournament in Hungary next month.
"The Victory Shield is great as it helps the players get used to a tournament-based situation which is helpful in preparation for the UEFA U17 Championships Qualifiers next season," said Osam.
"However the players and opposition you play in the Victory Shield is closer to what our players are used to in terms of style of play, technical ability, pace of the game, fitness and physique of the opposition when you meet Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
"Players need to be exposed to opponents like we've faced this week and we know this. The Development Tournament will expose the players to another Hungary, Slovakia and Austria. They may have different styles than Turkey. That'll be great for the players to be exposed to different types of opponents and that'll stand to them ahead of the UEFA qualifiers next year also."
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Tom Murphy, Cian Lee, Ryan Burke, Jordan Doherty, Dominic Peppard, Jack Connolly, Richie O'Farrell, Ronan Manning, Ruari Patton, Cameron Moore, Rowan Roache.
Subs: Aaron Bolger for J Connolly 48 mins; Aaron Connolly for Patton 48; Conor Coventry for Manning 58; Cian Hughes for Roache 58; Luke Nolan for Moore 75.
TURKEY: Atakan Akyol , Ramazan Emirhan Civelek, Bekir Melih Gökçimen, Ozan Muhammed Kabak , Ercan Şirin, Recep Gül, Sefa Akgün, Atalay Babacan, Enes Islam Ilkin, Hasan Ali Adigüzel, Mehmet Kaan Türkmen.
Subs: Kerem Atakan Kesgin for Adigüzel 41; Malik Karaahmet for Ilkin 41; Yunus Akgün for Türkmen 41; Ogün Çalişkan for Şirin 72; Abdussamed Karnuçu for S Akgün 72; Adnan Emir Koldere for Gökçimen 76.