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23.02.2017 at 15:00 Mervue Attendance:
Ireland Under 16 0 - 3 Hungary
Referee: Marc Lynch Friendly / *-match

None. Peter Beke 26 mins (pen) ;
Csaba Bukta 66 mins;
Bence Kiss 82 mins;
Opening squads
Harry Clarke
Mark Mc Guinness
Ciaran Brennan
Max Murphy
Ray O Sullivan
Adam O Reilly
Jordan Carr
Tyreik Wright
Jordan Mc Eneff
Jason Knight
Jack Nolan
Botond Nemeth,
Benjamin Lakatos,
Kevin Kormendi,
Gergely Kapronczai,
Vince Nyiri,
Marcell Papp,
Felix Saghy,
Patrick Nyari,
Peter Beke,
Kristof Toth-Gabor,
Laszlo Papp
Marc Walsh
Barry Coffey
Ryan Cassidy
Laszlo Siktu;
Bence Kiss;
Csaba Bukta
Marc Walsh -> Jason Knight (46)
Barry Coffey -> Jordan Carr (46)
Ryan Cassidy -> Jack Nolan (76)
Laszlo Siktu for Lakatos;
Csaba Bukta for Toth-Gabor 46 mins;
Bence Kiss for Papp 76 mins;
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
The opening exchanges were quite scrappy as both sides battled for dominance, with half chances falling to both outfits. In the fourth minute Kristof Toth-Gabor had a scuffed effort directed at goal while two minutes later the Irish created an opportunity themselves through a sharp turn and shot from Ciaran Brennan in the six-yard box, but neither team netted early.

Ireland reduced Hungary to long balls for much of the opening half and the rear-guard martialled most of the threats well, Mark McGuinness using his sizeable frame to his advantage while goalkeeper Harry Clarke mopped up any loose balls in behind.

Paul Osam’s men created most of the chances and should have netted on 16 minutes when Cabinteely FC’s Jason Knight found himself in possession in the area only for his effort to rebound to Brennan whose effort was blasted over the bar from close range.

The turning point would arrive in the 26th minute after referee Marc Lynch spotted an infringement in the box before pointing to the spot to give Hungary a spot kick which Peter Beke dispatched to Clarke’s left to make the scores 1-0.

The second half saw Ireland start positively with a half chance for Jack Nolan, but his shot from wide on the left was easily saved by Botond Nemeth in the Hungary goals. Then, in the 56th minute of the game, Max Murphy produced a thunderous right-footed effort that cracked off the right post before being cleared to safety.

That was as good as it got for the Irish and although they refused to let the heads drop, a 66th minute strike from substitute Csaba Bukta, after cutting in from the right wing before beating his man and firing at goal, made a home comeback all the more difficult.

In the 82nd minute, with Ireland pushing for a consolation, Attila Belvon’s side caught them on the counter and played in Bence Kiss who finished well with only the keeper to beat from close range. That sealed the win, but didn’t stop Ryan Cassidy from firing a shot in anger in the dying embers that flew marginally over the crossbar.

A disappointing result for Osam’s troops on the day as Hungary managed to deny them a positive result, but one win from two will certainly give the team faith heading into the UEFA Development tournament which kicks off in May.

Republic of Ireland: Harry Clarke, Max Murphy, Mark McGuinness, Ray O’ Sullivan, Jason Knight (Mark Walsh 46), Jordan McEneff, Ciaran Brennan, Jack Nolan (Ryan Cassidy 76), Adam O’ Reilly, Jordan Carr (Barry Coffey 46), Tyreik Wright

Hungary: Botond Nemeth, Benjamin Lakatos (Laszlo Siktu), Kevin Kormendi, Gergely Kapronczai, Vince Nyiri, Marcell Papp (Bence Kiss 76), Felix Saghy, Patrick Nyari, Peter Beke, Kristof Toth-Gabor (Csaba Bukta 46), Laszlo Papp

Referee: Marc Lynch.
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