Ireland U19: Mohan's side win against ETB FAI Select XI

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Ireland U19: Mohan's side win against ETB FAI Select XI

The Republic of Ireland Under-19s defeated an ETB FAI Select XI 3-0 in an entertaining encounter at the AUL Complex, Clonshaugh on Thursday afternoon.
18th Jan 2018

Three second-half goals from Tom Mohan's side was enough for the win, but the Under-19s were lucky not to trail before the break.

The two best chances of the second-half fell to the ETB FAI Select XI. Goalkeeper Edward McGinty did well to save a point-blank shot from Andrew Farrell, before Dean Williams shot the rebound wide. Williams was unlucky again minutes later as he slid in at the back post, but was unable to put a foot to Brandon Payne's cross.

As both teams made numerous changes in the second-half, the Under-19 side found chances more plentiful with Jack O'Keefe scoring the first goal just after the break. In the final 15 minutes, Liam Walsh and Cian Murphy scored to secure the 3-0 win.

The only downside to the game was the injury to Republic of Ireland captain Neil Farugia. The midfielder was replaced before half-time with a shoulder injury.

Republic of Ireland Under-19 manager Tom Mohan was pleased with his side's performance of home-based players ahead of next month's friendlies with Romania in Spain.

"A lot of the players did very well. We were a little patchy in the first-half, but our performance improved in the second-half.

"We may not be able to call on all our players for the Romania games so it will give some of these players a chance. It was very beneficial to the team. Up until we got the second goal, it was a very competitive game.

"Our target now is the games against Romania, and hope to get a strong squad for those games. Today's game will help cement that squad."

Speaking after the game, ETB FAI Select XI manager Tommy Dunne was happy with his side's performance, especially in the first half.

"The first-half was a better reflection on the game I felt. We played everyone as we are trying to create a squad. It was very even in the opening period. I thought the players done very well.

"I thought the Under-19s played very well, but I thought we matched them for large periods."

Republic of Ireland Under-19s:  Edward McGinty; Luke Heaney, Luke McNally, James McSweeney, Jamie Hamilton; Cieren Dunne, Aodh Dervan, Jack Keaney, Neil Farugia; Sean McDonald, Jack O'Keefe.

Subs Used: Brian Maher, Paul Fox, Liam Walsh, Gavin Smith, Owen Wall, Cian Murphy.

ETB FAI Select XI: Eric Donnelly, Brandon Payne, Joe Manley, Jason Cross, Shay Doherty; Andrew Farrell, Nathan Coleman, Mark Birrane, Brian Cabraley; Cody Mulhall, Dean Williams.

Subs Used: James Tierney, Sean O'Driscoll, Jordan McGuire, Michael Cregan, Dylan O'Neill, Sean Traynor, Lorcan Byrne, Jamie Coyne, Mickey McCoy.