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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Republic of Ireland 0 - 0 Norway

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Ireland U21s draw with Norway at RSC

THE Republic of Ireland drew 0-0 in a friendly international against Norway in Waterford's RSC on Tuesday evening.
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18th Nov 2015

Noel King's side maintained their unbeaten record at the South East venue in a measured display in a game which saw neither side really hitting top gear.

Everton midfielder Harry Charsley was a real positive for the home side with his bright attacking play and work off the ball. He had the game's first attempt on goal in the eighth minute but his snap-shot flew narrowly over.

In the 16th minute Norway threatened a goal on the break when Fredrik Aursnes fired in a shot from 20 yards that whistled narrowly wide of the Irish goal.

Ireland keeper Eric Grimes had his first save of note three minutes later after a quick counter-attack by Alexander Sørloth saw the Norwegian drill in a low strike that bounced back of Grimes but Iver Fossum volleyed well over the crossbar from the rebound.

Charsley showed his class again in the 34th minute when he produced a brilliant turn in the box and his strike drew a save from visiting keeper Per Kristian Bråtveit.

Four minutes later the Norwegian keeper made a brilliant save when he dived full length to touch a superb Sean Kavanagh strike from 30 yards around an upright.

Three minutes into the second half Conor Wilkinson had the game's best chance when the ball was helped back into the box following a corner but his powerful header was tipped over by subtitute keeper Sondre Rossbach.

In the 54th minute Norway threatened again when a left wing cross by Thomas Grøgaard was headed wide by Sørloth. In the 73th Morten Konradsen had a shot from 12 yards out blocked by an Irish defender and that was the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock.

Ireland's next game is against Italy at the same venue in March. King was pleased with the exercise.

"We wanted to have a look at a few different players and I felt it was worthwhile from that point of view," he said.

"It was good to keep a clean sheet and it was also important to stop the run of losses after defeats in our previous games against Italy and Lithuania. A number of players showed up well and will have increased their chances of featuring in the next fixture in the New Year."

IRELAND: Eric Grimes, Sean Hoare, Lee Desmond, Darragh Lenihan (C), Shane Griffin, Alan Browne, Harry Charsley, Sean Kavanagh , Conor Wilkinson, Dylan Connolly, Kevin O’Connor. Subs: Ian Lawlor for Grimes 46; Brandon Miele for Connolly 83; Noe Baba for O'Connor 83; Sean Maguire for Browne 88.

NORWAY: Per Kristian Bråtveit, Kristoffer Haraldseid, Jonas Grønner (C), Thomas Grøgaard  , Anders Trondsen, Fredrik Aursnes, Eirik Hestad, Alexander Sørloth, Petter Strand, Iver Fossum.

Ulrik Yttergård Jenssen. Subs: Sondre Rossbach for Bråtveit 46; Martin Rønning Ovenstad for Aursnes 46; Ghayas Zahid for Hestad 60; Morten Konradsen for Trondsen 60; Morten Thorsby for Sørloth 69.

Ireland U21s set for Norway friendly in Waterford

REPUBLIC of Ireland U21 Head Coach Noel King will look for his side to return to winning ways when they face Norway in a friendly international the RSC, Waterford, tomorrow (7.45pm).
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16th Nov 2015

The Irish suffered a disappointing 3-1 loss to Lithuania in Vilnius on Friday but King has freshened up his squad for this fixture and will look to the new additions to make a mark.

“Unfortunately the result in Lithuania last Friday was not as we were expecting and we also picked up a couple of injuries but this happens to every football team and it's up to the players to respond,” he said.

“There is a long way to go in the qualification process and we are pleased that our form at the RSC has been good so far.

“This fixture is an excellent opportunity for us to look at some of the players and it gives them a chance to stake a claim for inclusion in the squad when we resume the competitive games.”

Amongst those brought in are Shamrock Rovers midfielder Brandon Miele, Cork City midfielder Kevin O’Connor, Liverpool defender Dan Cleary and Birmingham City defender Noe Baba while there are recalls for St Patrick’s Athletic defender Lee Desmond, Tottenham’s Kenny McEvoy, Manchester City's Ian Lawlor and Everton’s Sam Byrne.

“We have brought in some players who have impressed in the SSE Airtricity League this year while also bringing in some of the players from the 1996 age-group and they all have an opportunity to make a mark and represent their country,” added King.

“I will also be looking to some of the players who didn't start in Friday's game in Vilnius to get a start tonight so there is plenty to play for. Norway are an excellent side and will provide us with a serious test. These games are an excellent opportunity to gauge the level of the new players.”


Eric Grimes (Leeds United)

Ian Lawlor (Manchester City)

Shane Griffin (Reading)

Daniel Cleary (Liverpool)

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers)

Sean Kavanagh (Fulham)

Sean Hoare (St Patrick’s Athletic)

Lee Desmond (St Patrick’s Athletic)

Noe Baba (Birmingham City)

Alan Browne (Preston North End)

Dylan Connolly (Ipswich Town)

Harry Charsley (Everton)

Kevin O’Connor (Cork City)

Kenneth McEvoy (Tottenham)

Brandon Miele (Shamrock Rovers)

Sean Maguire (Dundalk)

Conor Wilkinson (Bolton Wanderers)

Sam Byrne (Everton)


Tuesday, November 17

U21 International Friendly

Republic of Ireland v Norway, RSC (7.45pm)