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Under-19 Mens Friendlies U19 International Friendly | Tallaght Stadium, Dublin 24
Friday, February 27, 2015

Republic of Ireland 2 - 0 Azerbaijan

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Ireland U19s beat Azerbaijan in second fixture

THE Republic of Ireland U19 side recorded their second victory against Azerbaijan in three days after securing a 2-0 victory between the sides at Tallaght Stadium this afternoon.
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27th Feb 2015

Republic of Ireland 2-0 Azerbaijan

Paul Doolin's side were always in control in a scrappy game that was heavily influenced by a strong breeze.

The Irish went ahead with a 26th minute penalty after Ryan Manning was taken down in the area by Elgyun Ulukhanov then stepped up to score from the spot-kick.

Ireland extended their lead just three minutes later when Jack Hallahan drifted in behind the visiting defence and slotted the ball cleverly under keeper Aghaseyid Gasimov.

Gasimov had a lucky break in the 56th minute when he spilled a low strike from Manning and then Val Feeney was unfortunate to see his follow-up effort cleared off the line by Renat Agaverdiev.

Two minutes later Hallahan almost scored an unusual goal when his wind-assisted corner bounced off the Azeri crossbar.

The game became a scrappy affair after that with Ulukhanov sent-off for a second booking in the 79th minute then three minutes later they were reduced to nine players when Ilkin Sadigov was also dismissed for a second caution.

"It's been a good week. I was delighted to get access to the players in a non-FIFA week and I'm very grateful to the clubs for that," said Doolin.

"We scored eight goals in two games and have now scored 20 goals in ten games with this group. The 1996-born players are a decent crop and we will go into the UEFA Elite Qualifying Round with confidence after two good displays."

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Liam Bossin, Noe Baba, Fiacre Kelleher, Sean Heaney, Timmy Murphy, Jack Hallahan, Josh Cullen, Harry Charsley, Ryan Goldsmith, Val Feeney, Ryan Manning. Subs: Liam Kinsella for Baba 46 mins; Eoghan Stokes for Feeney 63; Ross Mann for Hallahan 63; Harry Doherty for Bossin 71; Billy Murphy for Cullen 78; Kevin Toner for Heaney 89.

AZERBAIJAN: Aghaseyid Gasimov, Elgyun Ulukhanov , Renat Agaverdiev , Mahir Madatov , Emin Zamanov , Fahmin Muradbayli , Mansur Nahavandi , Yusif Nabiyev, Mirkamil Hashimli , Vadim Agaragimov , Bahlul Mustafazade. Subs: Elnur Suleymanov for Nahavandi 46; Ilkin Sadigov for Suleymanov 65; Tayyar Mammadov for Agaragimov 79'

RESULTS

U19 International Friendlies

Wednesday, February 25

Republic of Ireland 6-0 Azerbaijan, Tallaght Stadium

Friday, February 27

Republic of Ireland 2-0 Azerbaijan, Tallaght Stadium

Ireland U19 side face Azerbaijan once again

THE Republic of Ireland U19 side will meet Azerbaijan for the second time this week at Tallaght Stadium in a friendly game tomorrow afternoon (3.00pm).
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26th Feb 2015

Paul Doolin’s side ran out comfortable 6-0 winners at the same venue when the sides met last night with Ryan Manning and Jamie McGrath scoring twice each while Dessie Hutchinson and Jack Hallahan also found the net.

Both sides are preparing for next months’ UEFA U19 Championships Elite Qualifying Round and Doolin was very pleased with the attacking display put on by his troops.

“We’ve a few new players that we were having a look at and it’s a change of team again as we never give the impression to any of the squads we have that there is a first XI and a second XI. We want to keep it balanced,” he said.

“I felt that some of the goals we scored were outstanding – Jamie McGrath’s chip to make it 3-0, Jack Hallahan finished off a great move and Ryan Manning also scored a great goal.

“I’d never be disrespectful to Azerbaijan – they qualified for the Elite Phase of the UEFA U19 Qualifiers and have beaten Hungary and Slovenia to qualify. They’ve just back from Finland and have a bit of time together.

“Some of our play was great – absolutely outstanding and defensively it was good conceding no goals. Having said that there are one or two things we can improve upon for the qualifiers.

“All in all, our attacking play has been outstanding. It was a good opportunity for the likes of Ryan, Val Feeney, Liam Kinsella, Billy Murphy, Cieron Keane and Ross Mann all coming in and doing well. It’s good to go into the Elite Phase with a good group – it’s not a bad bunch of players.”

Doolin wants more of the same tomorrow and that performance was very much built on a rapid start to the game when they were putting the Azeri defence under pressure from the off.

“We’ll get back and look to see about putting things right. We’ll look for a good display and we always look for a good performance from the players. Hopefully the rest looks after itself,” said the Irish Head Coach.

“No matter who it is we try to start well. Whether it was Holland here, Sweden away or Switzerland in the qualifiers, we always try to be up and press. If we have the ball we can attack and don’t have to go back.

“In fairness you can’t always go forward. There were spells on Wednesday where they had a chance and Harry Doherty made a good save. All in all I’m happy and looking forward to Friday.”

Republic of Ireland U19:

Liam Bossin (Anderlecht)

Harry Doherty (Brighton)

Kevin Toner (Aston Villa)

Billy Murphy (Bristol City)

Fiacre Kelleher (Celtic)

Timmy Murphy (Cork City)

Harry Charsley (Everton)

Noe Baba (Fulham)

Eoghan Stokes (Leeds United)

Ross Mann (Limerick)

Cieron Keane (Notts County)

Ryan Manning (QPR)

Sean Heaney (Shamrock Rovers)

Dessie Hutchinson (Brighton)

Joel Coustrain (Sheffield United)

Jamie McGrath (St Patrick's Athletic)

Jack Hallahan (West Bromwich Albion)

Josh Cullen (West Ham United)

Liam Kinsella (Walsall)

Val Feeney (Limerick)

Ryan Goldsmith (Cobh Ramblers)

FIXTURES

U19 International Friendlies

Wednesday, February 25

Republic of Ireland 6-0 Azerbaijan, Tallaght Stadium

Friday, February 27

Republic of Ireland v Azerbaijan, Tallaght Stadium (3.00pm)