The Republic of Ireland got off to an excellent start in the opening match of the Umbro Quadrangular Tournament with a 1-0 win over the Isle of Man in what was a very tough and physical game.
Pike Rovers midfielder Keith Hartnett got the only goal of the game with 6 minutes remaining after good work by Ger McCarthy on the left.
There was little to choose between the sides with David Conroy in inspired form in goal having made two excellent saves to deny the Manx team.
Chances were few and far between and Thomas Fitzgerald on 15 minutes saw his strike hit the underside of the bar only to rebound safety. Both Brian Buckley and James Walsh were excellent in defence while Scully and Wayne Fitzgerald were dominant in midfield. Upfront Mc Carthy, Lacey and Thomas Fitzgerald battled tirelessly against a very strong Isle of Man rear guard.
There was some bad news for the Rep of Ireland team when Sheamie Crowe came off injured after 20 minutes and looks like his tournament and maybe his season is over after tearing his calf muscle he was replaced by Eoin Hanrahan who made an excellent contribution for his first cap.
In the other game played today Scotland defeated Northern Ireland 2-0. The Rep. of Ireland play Northern Ireland tomorrow in Banbridge, while Scotland play the Isle of Man.
Team: D. Conroy, M. Coady, B. Buckley, J. Walsh, C. Dillon, T. Scully, S. Crowe, G. Mc Carthy, W. Fitzgerald, D. Lacey, T. Fittzgerald. Subs: E. Hanrahan (S. Crowe), N. Andrews (T. Fitzgerald), K. Harnett (T. Scully).
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