02.05.2016 at 12:30 Telki, Hungary
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Ireland Under 16
UEFA U16 Dev Tournament-match
Lee O Connor
THE Republic of Ireland U16 team got off to a winning start in the UEFA Development Tournament as they beat hosts Hungary in Telki today.
2nd May 2016
Paul Osam's side sit joint top of the group after the first day following Slovakia's 2-1 defeat of Austria earlier in the day.
Ireland produced a dynamic display with the pace of their attacking players troubling the Hungarian defence.
The Irish went ahead in the 55th minute when Aaron Bolger produced a cross from the left and St Patrick's Athletic's Luke Nolan volleyed home from close range.
Hungary levelled in the 68th minutes after Horváth Csanád produced an excellent cross for Kevin Csoboth to head home.
Ireland grabbed the winner two minutes from time as Dominic Peppard beat a couple of defenders then broke into the left side of the penalty area and fired in a low shot to snatch the win.
"It was a good win. It was a difficult game against a decent opponent. We started well and created some chances. We'd watched videos of them and felt we could make impact out wide against them. Callum Thompson did well down the left," said Osam.
"We had five or six corners in the first 20 minutes. We went in at half-time comfortable enough and in the second half we did get a bit tired which was a concern.
"We felt we countered well. They had good possession in the second half without creating anything really. We defended well.
"After Hungary equalised we had to defend for our lives but looked good on the counter even in that spell. Dominic Peppard scored an excellent goal.
"Overall we've shown good improvement since the last games against Turkey and were better in the areas that we needed to be better in. We'll prepare for our next game against Austria."
Marc Walsh and Adam Idah were added to the Irish squad for Marcus Rowley and Aaron Connolly who picked up injuries over the weekend.
HUNGARY: Gergely Hutvágner, Dániel Farkas (Ádám Újvárosi 41), Csanád Horváth (András Csonak 79), Balázs Opavszky, Olivér Győri (Dániel Csóka 65), Krisztián Kovács (Dominik Molnár 41), András Lipóth (Kevin Csoboth 59), Krisztofer Szerető, Szabolcs Schön, Olivér Horváth (Dominik Szoboszlai 59), Zoltán Tóth (Tamás Kiss 59).
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Brian Maher, Cian Lee, Lee O'Connor, Joe Redmond, Dominic Peppard, Aaron Bolger, Jordan Doherty, Conor Coventry, Rowan Roache, Cian Murphy, Callum Thompson. Subs: Luke Nolan for Roache 53, Cian Hughes for Coventry 53, Adam Idah for Murphy 66, Marc Walsh for Lee 70, Richie O'Farrell for Doherty 70.
RESULTS & FIXTURES
UEFA U16 Development Tournament
Monday, May 2
Hungary 1-2 Republic of Ireland, Telki, Hungary
Wednesday, May 4
Republic of Ireland v Austria, Telki, Hungary (4.00pm Irish)
Friday, May 6
Slovakia v Republic of Ireland, Telki, Hungary (10.00am Irish)