Hungary 0 - 0 Republic of Ireland | 2021 - Senior Men Friendlies | 999947111

Senior Men Friendlies International Friendly | Szusza Ferenc Stadion, Budapest | Hungary
8 Jun 2021 20:00

Hungary 0 - 0 Republic of Ireland

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REPORT | Hungary 0-0 Ireland - Kelleher, Ogbene debuts

The Republic of Ireland ended their international season with a scoreless draw with Hungary at the Ferenc Szusza Stadium.
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8th Jun 2021

Stephen Kenny’s side showed plenty of promise with competitive debuts for Caoimhin Kelleher and Chiedozie Ogbene.

Stephen Kenny made changes to the side with Shane Duffy coming into the defence and Adam Idah partnering with Troy Parrott upfront.

Despite an early press from the home side it was Ireland who had the best chance early in the contest with Josh Cullen’s free-kick was met by John Egan but his header came back off the crossbar.

The home side were resorted to long-range efforts with the best coming from Laszlo Kleiinheisle but Gavin Bazunu was not troubled by the effort as it went wide.

Ireland continued to press with a strong defensive display and playing from the back. Gavin Bazunu was called into action following a cross sent into the Irish area was met by Adam Szalai and his goalbound header were excellently saved by the Irish netminder.

For Ireland, James McClean's sent in a clever cross from the left that was nearly met by Shane Duffy but it went wide of the goal. Caoimhin Kelleher on his senior debut had to make a smart save to deny Adam Szalai at the near post.

Daryl Horgan sent in a teasing cross to Adam Idah however it was cleared away at the opportune time. Laszlo Kleinheisler had an opportunity for the home side as he broke free of James McClean, his effort however was well saved by Kelleher.

Idah had a great opportunity as he found space in the defence but his low effort was well saved by the keeper. Ireland continued to press and some good build-up play from the right saw Jason Knight cross to the back post to James McClean but his header was well saved.

Adam Szalai was a constant attacking threat for the home side but Caoimhin Kelleher was called in twice to deny both the striker and Attila Szalai in quick succession. After coming on in the final minutes Chiedozie Ogbene nearly broke the deadlock but his effort struck the side netting but it wasn’t to be as Ireland had to settle for a draw but the highlight was a clean sheet for both Gavin Bazunu and Caoimhin Kelleher who both were called into action to make fine saves in the contest.

Hungary: Peter Gulacsi, Loic Nego, Akos Kecskes, Willi Orban, Attila Szalai, Laszlo Kleinheisler, Attila Fiola, Bengedúz Bolla, Adam Nagy, András Schafer ©, Adam Szalai, Roland Varga.
Substitutes: Adam Lang, Janos Hahn, Denes Dibusz, Tamás Cseri, Endre Botka, Adam Bogdan, Gergo Lovrencsics, Nemanja Nikolic, Szabolcs Schon, Dávid Siger, Kevin Varga.
Republic of Ireland: Gavin Bazunu (Caoimhin Kelleher 46), Dara O'Shea, John Egan ©, Shane Duffy, Matt Doherty, James McClean (Ryan Manning 84), Jason Knight, Conor Hourihane (Jayson Molumby 56), Joshua Cullen, Troy Parrott (Daryl Horgan 56), Adam Idah (Chiedozie Ogbene 88).
Substitutes: Mark Travers, Andrew Omobamidele, Lee O'Connor, Jamie McGrath, Ronan Curtis, James Collins, Harry Arter.

Booked: Attila Szalai (71 mins)
Sent off: None

Referee: Daniel Stefański (Poland)

PREVIEW | Hungary v Ireland

Ireland face Hungary in their second international friendly of their May-June training camp as they look to make it two wins from two.
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7th Jun 2021

Ireland travelled to Budapest on Sunday, June 6 from their training camp base in Girona, Spain for the match at the Szusza Ferenc Stadium on Tuesday, June 8, with kick-off at 7pm (8pm CET).

Stephen Kenny's Ireland side recorded a 4-1 victory in their last match against Andorra as goals from Troy Parrott (2), Jason Knight and Daryl Horgan cancelled out Marc Iles' opener at the Estadi Nacional.

The match will be played in front of a full crowd in Budapest and it will be the final match for the Hungarians before the start of the European Championships.

Match Information

Fixture: Hungary v Ireland
Date: Tuesday, June 8
Kick-off: 7pm (8pm CET)
Stadium: Szusza Ferenc Stadium
TV: RTE & Sky Sports

Match Officials

Referee: Daniel Stefański (POL)
Assistant 1: Dawid Golis (POL)
Assistant 2: Adam Kupsik (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)

Team News

Seamus Coleman returned home before the flight to Hungary as he was unable to recover from a hamstring injury. The rest of the squad is contention for the match.

What he said - Ireland manager Stephen Kenny

"I'm expecting a tough match against the Hungarians, they're participating in the European Championships, it will be a great test for us.

"I’m glad the fans can get back to the stands as this game is actually about them. We can finally get back the passion that I missed so much already and I'm sure the players will be equally as excited to play in front of any support.

"We're not in a position to make wholesale changes because we want a degree of continuity, but there will be some changes alright in the team.

"We've got to look to build on the result against Andorra. That was a game we were expected to win so now we face a different proposition so we must rise to the occasion."

Watch the full press conference with Stephen Kenny here

What he said - Ireland defender John Egan

"Obviously, with no disrespect, we expect to be beating Andorra. We did that and now we're coming up against a really kind of, I suppose, established outfit in Hungary.

"They've been playing together for a while and they've obviously qualified for a major tournament, so it's going to be a tougher game.

“But you know, we're confident. We've been enjoying training and there has been probably a bit of a relief and a bit of a smile on people's faces after the win.

"Hopefully we can take that in now to the game tomorrow night and hopefully we can play as well as we can and get a result.”

Watch the full press conference with John Egan here

Republic of Ireland Squad - Hungary

Goalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Gavin Bazunu (Rochdale, on loan from Manchester City), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth).
Defenders: Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Lee O’Connor (Tranmere Rovers, on loan from Celtic), James McClean (Stoke City), Ryan Manning (Swansea City), Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion), Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion), John Egan (Sheffield United), Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich City).
Midfielders: Josh Cullen (Anderlecht), Conor Hourihane (Swansea City, on loan from Aston Villa), Harry Arter (Nottingham Forest), Jason Knight (Derby County), Jayson Molumby (Preston North End, on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion), Jamie McGrath (St. Mirren), Daniel Mandroiu (Shamrock Rovers).
Forwards: James Collins (Cardiff City), Adam Idah (Norwich City), Troy Parrott (Tottenham Hotspur), Chiedozie Ogbene (Rotherham United), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), Daryl Horgan (Wycombe Wanderers).

Skipper Coleman returns home ahead of Hungary

Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman will return home ahead of the trip to Hungary.
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6th Jun 2021

The Ireland skipper came into the training camp with a hamstring injury and had been working hard to be fit for the international friendly in Budapest on Tuesday, June 8.

After further assessment this week, Coleman will return home as a precaution with him unable to recover from the injury in time for the fixture.

The rest of the squad will travel to Budapest later today from Girona, Spain.

Republic of Ireland Squad - Hungary

Goalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Gavin Bazunu (Rochdale, on loan from Manchester City), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth).

Defenders: Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Lee O’Connor (Tranmere Rovers, on loan from Celtic), James McClean (Stoke City), Ryan Manning (Swansea City), Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion), Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion), John Egan (Sheffield United), Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich City).

Midfielders: Josh Cullen (Anderlecht), Conor Hourihane (Swansea City, on loan from Aston Villa), Harry Arter (Nottingham Forest), Jason Knight (Derby County), Jayson Molumby (Preston North End, on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion), Jamie McGrath (St. Mirren), Daniel Mandroiu (Shamrock Rovers).

Forwards: James Collins (Cardiff City), Adam Idah (Norwich City), Troy Parrott (Tottenham Hotspur), Chiedozie Ogbene (Rotherham United), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), Daryl Horgan (Wycombe Wanderers).