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Under-19 Mens Friendlies |U19 International Friendly | RSC, Waterford
2 Sep 2017 19:45

Republic of Ireland 2 - 1 Czech Republic

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Ireland U19s: Impressive win over Czechs for Irish

Anthony Scully proved to be the hero for the Republic of Ireland Under 19 side as Tom Mohan’s side got the better of the Czech Republic in the first of their two International friendlies played in monsoon conditions at the RSC on Saturday evening.
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2nd Sep 2017

Ireland created the first chance on 14 minutes when Aaron Connolly got free down the left but keeper Hugo Jan Backovsky charged from his goal to save. The ball broke to Thomas Byrne but again the Czech netminder got in a vital block to deny the hosts the lead goal.

Jan Backovsky was called into action to make another smart save six minutes later when Lee O’Connor linked up well with Aaron Connolly down the right channel but his low right-footed strike was well held by the keeper.

Mark Travers, who was a mere spectator for the opening quarter of the tie, came to his sides rescue with an excellent save on 27 minutes. Vaclav Drchal slipped the ball into the path of Antonin Rusek but the Irish keeper got down well to his left-hand post to keep out the ball.

Thomas Byrne gave Ireland the lead with a brilliant goal three minutes later when the centre forward beat the offside trap before clinically chipping a superb left-footed effort over the head of the advancing keeper from 20 yards.

Czech Republic levelled the tie in the 37th minute when the Irish failed to press midfield player Michal Sadilek and he beat keeper Mark Travers with a cracking right-footed shot from 25 yards that flew into the left corner of the net.

Patrik Zitny, who entered the fray at the half time break, could have put the visitors in front on 54 minutes when he raced clear on goal on the left side of the area before dragging a shot inches wide of Travers far post.

The hosts got the win that their performance in the driving rain deserved in the final minute when Anthony Scully beat the offside trap to race onto a flick from Aaron Connolly before drilling a low right-footed shot under the body of Czech keeper Hugo Jan Backovsky.

The sides meet again at the same venue on Monday afternoon (1.00pm).

Republic of Ireland: Mark Travers, Tyreke Wilson, Aaron O'Driscoll (Luke McNally ’87), Dara O’Shea, Conor Coventry (Jordan Doherty ’71), Lee O’Connor, Daniel McKenna (Jack Keaney ’87), Kian Flanagan (Anthony Scully ’80), Rian O’Sullivan (Neil Farugia ’87), Aaron Connolly, Thomas Byrne (Jonathan Afalobi ’90)

Czech Republic: Hugo Jan Backovsky, Filip Cihak (Lukas Neuer ’46), Michal Sadilek, Vaclav Dudl (Jiri Slama ’85), Jan Fortelny (Michael Honig ’69), Antonin Rusek (Filip Kubula ’90), Richard Sedlacek (Ladislav Krejci ’69), Jan Kral, Karel Schneider, Pavel Zifcak, Vaclav Drchal (Patrik Zitny ’46)

Results & Fixtures
Under 19 International Friendly
Saturday, September 2
Republic of Ireland 2-1 Czech Republic, RSC

Monday, September 4
Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic, RSC, KO 13:00

Ireland U19's ready for Czech test

Republic of Ireland U19s head coach Tom Mohan is looking for players to step up and claim their place in his squad for the forthcoming UEFA U19 Championships qualifiers.
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1st Sep 2017

Mohan's squad meets the Czech Republic in Waterford on Saturday evening and Monday afternoon and the Irish coach is looking for players to show they can feature in the Qualifying Round in October.

Ireland host the Czechs at the RSC on Saturday (19:45), then the sides will meet again at the same venue two days later (13:00).

In October the South East will host the UEFA U19 Championships Qualifying Round games where Mohan’s squad face Azerbaijan, Cyprus and Serbia.

"We've had two good two sessions so far, one at Waterford and the other at Tramore AFC and the attitude has been spot on," he said.

"In most squads there are injuries and clashes with club commitments but every time one players is unavailable it creates a brilliant opportunity for other players to show they can feature in qualifiers.

"We have some playing games this weekend and will link up with the squad ahead of Monday's game but all of the players who have been here so far have trained very well.

"We're looking for performances from players and the opposition provides the perfect opponent for them to show what their capabilities are.

"The Czechs are a very good side with several players who played in the UEFA U19s finals this year so they are really strong opponents which was what we wanted and its the test we needed ahead of the qualifiers."

Republic of Ireland Squad:
Goalkeepers: Mark Travers (Bournemouth - on Loan to Weymouth), Brian Maher (St Patrick's Athletic)
Defenders: Canice Carroll (Oxford Utd), Tyreke Wilson (Man City), Dara O’Shea (WBA -On Load to Hereford), Lee O’Connor (Manchester Utd), Rian O’Sullivan (Brighton), Warren O’Hora (Bohemians), Callum Mollett (Walsall), Aaron O'Driscoll (Southampton)
Midfielders: Dan McKenna (Wolves), Aaron Bolger (Shamrock Rovers), Jordan Doherty (Sheffield United), Anthony Scully (West Ham Utd), John Martin (Waterford), Conor Coventry (West Ham Utd), Jack Keaney (Sligo Rovers)
Forwards: Aaron Connolly (Brighton), Kian Flanagan (Crystal Palace), Jonathan Afolabi (Southampton), Ryan Graydon (Bohemians), Thomas Byrne (Drogheda Utd), Neil Farrugia (UCD)

Fixtures
Under 19 International Friendly
Saturday, September 2
Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic, RSC, KO 19:45

Monday, September 4
Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic, RSC, KO 13:00