Centenary Shield campaign begins with win over Wales
A first half brace, the first courtesy of Coláiste Dún Iascaigh, Cahir scholar and Irish captain Cian Murphy and secondly, last year’s star St. Declan’s Community College scholar Darryl Walsh was enough to see off Marc Lloyd Williams’ crew in Cefn Druids AFC last night.
Cian Murphy led out the team this evening and had the perfect start to proceedings as he opened his account with a goal after just eight minutes of play which set up the visitors perfectly.
This was later cancelled out by Alaric Jones with a quarter of an hour played for the hosts but three minutes later Waterford’s Darryl Walsh extended the Irish lead from a wonderfully placed set piece.
A tense conclusion ensued which saw the introduction of Jack Ryan, Lido Lofeta and James Carroll in the second half. The Irish contingency managed to hold on to their advantage in a nervy final five minutes of injury time to kick start their Centenary Shield endeavours.
The Irish will be out again in a month’s time as they travel to Luton Town FC for their encounter with England on March 16. Their home games will commence on March 29 as Monaghan United FC plays host to Northern Ireland. The Irish will entertain Scotland in their final game of the season when they face the tartan army on April 12 in Home Farm FC, Whitehall.
Republic of Ireland: Luke McNicholas, Peter Adigun, Darryl Walsh, Adam Rooney, Cian Lee, Ronan Manning (Lido Lofeta 83), Rory Doyle, Liam Kerrigan, Ali Regbha (Jack Ryan 50), Cian Murphy (captain), Jake Walker (James Carroll 88).