Ireland U16: Oko-Flex injury-time goal earns Victory Shield draw

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Ireland U16: Oko-Flex injury-time goal earns Victory Shield draw

The Republic of Ireland Under 16s came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Wales and remain unbeaten after two games in the Victory Shield.
25th Oct 2017

Goals in either half from Matt Everitt in the 37th-minute and Armstrong Oko-Flex in the second minute of added-time mean that Ireland are on four points after their opening two games.

Wales took the lead through defender Jack Madeline midway through the first-half, and looked on course to earn their first win of the competition through a Luc Noble goal, before Oko-Flex got on the end of a free-kick and scored the valuable equaliser.

Ireland had used all their substitutes and had to end the game with ten men as captain Seamus Keogh was forced off in the 74th minute with an injury.

Speaking after the game, manager Paul Osam felt the side were well worth the draw.

"We deserved to get the equaliser. I don't think they had a chance in the second-half really, bar their goal which came from a corner. It was a goal we gifted Wales.

"Our underage teams are full of character. It's in our DNA to never give up. It was great to come back, but we were disappointed with the goals. The players need to learn and be really vigilant in the penalty area.

"If we learn from the mistakes we made today and a few from Monday's game, that's all we can ask for before the next game. The purpose of this season was for the players to learn and develop, and win if we can."

The team play their final match of the competition on Friday afternoon at 1pm in Bangor against Scotland, knowing a win will retain the Victory Shield. 

Republic of Ireland: Harry Halwax; Seamus Keogh, Cian Kelly, Mazeed Ogbungo, Tega Agberhiere; Matt Healy (Alex Dunne 61), Jamie Farrell, Ronan McKinley; Festy Obosele, Matt Everitt (Troy Parrott 71), Josh Giurgi (Armstrong Oko-Flex 61).