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Under-18 Mens Friendlies International Friendly | Home Farm FC, Whitehall, Dublin 9
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Republic of Ireland 4 - 0 Czech Republic

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Ireland U18s beat Czechs in friendly

THE Republic of Ireland U18 side produced an impressive attacking display to beat the Czech Republic 4-0 in an entertaining friendly international at Whitehall this afternoon.
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28th Nov 2015

Paul Doolin's side ran out comfortable winners thanks to a Steven Kinsella double plus goals from Daniel Mandroiu and Gerry McDonagh in the first of two friendly encounters with the Czechs. The sides meet again at the same venue on Monday afternoon (12.00pm).

The Czechs looked dangerous early on with Ondřej Šašinka threatening an opener in the 14th minute with a powerful strike from 20 yards out that whistled narrowly over.

Six minutes later a flowing Czech move saw Inter Milan striker Dominik Smékal lead a counterattack before supplying Dominik Breda who swept the ball to Daniel Novák and he set up Ondřej Lingr for a low strike that Irish keeper Eric Donnelly did well to turn wide.

In the 28th minute Shane Hanney had Ireland's first real chance when he shot over from eight yards out after the visitors failed to clear a JJ Lunney corner-kick.

Two minutes later Daniel Novák drew out another impressive save from Donnelly with a low shot that looked set for the bottom corner.

Ireland should have gone ahead in the 33rd minute when Lunney's ball forward was turned in the direction of McDonagh by the energetic Mandroiu. McDonagh burst forward but his powerful strike was well saved by visiting keeper Filip Truksa.

In the 37th minute Ireland went ahead when Mandroiu turned the ball home from a low shot across the face of goal from Trevor Clarke after a deep Kinsella cross from the right.

After the break the Irish took control and on the hour Steven Kinsella curled home brilliantly into the top corner from outside the penalty area after an excellent passing move.

Ondřej Chvěja came close for the Czechs in the 81st minute but he blasted over after the home defence failed to clear a dangerous free-kick.

Ireland went 3-0 up in the 85th minute when Kinsella steered the ball home after keeper Truksa parried a Brandon Payne strike following good work by Lunney.

The fourth Irish goal came in the 91st minute when Gerry McDonagh headed home from a Corey O'Keeffe cross after a Luke Wade-Slater attack down the right.

"It was an excellent performance against a good Czech side and I'm obviously very pleased," said Doolin.

"Although we didn't have a lot of time to work with the players ahead of the game I think there is credit to everybody that the players took the information on board and applied it very well.

"The attacking play was very pleasing and you have to be happy with scoring four goals but I was also very pleased with the defending."

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Eric Donnelly, Luke Wade-Slater, Jonathan Lunney, Darragh Leahy, Shane Hanney, Corey O’Keeffe, Steven Kinsella, Jamie Gray, Gerry McDonagh, Daniel Mandroiu, Trevor Clarke. Subs: Brandon Payne for Gray 63 mins; James Doona for Clarke 63; Leo Donnellan for Mandroiu 80.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Filip Truksa, Libor Holík, Prokop Fárek, Ondřej Lingr, Ondřej Šašinka, Dominik Breda, Alex Král, Martin Samiec, Daniel Novák, Dominik Smékal, Ondřej Rudzan. Subs: Patrik Haitl for Novák 46; Ladislav Hejl for Samiec 63; Emil Tischler for Breda 63; Ondřej Chvěja for Lingr 76; Ladislav Mužík for Šašinka 76.

FIXTURES & RESULTS

U18 International Fixture

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Republic of Ireland 4-0 Czech Republic, Home Farm FC, Whitehall

Monday, November 30, 2015

Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic, Home Farm FC, Whitehall (12.00pm)

Ireland U18s ready for Czech friendly clashes

THE Republic of Ireland U18 side will play the Czech Republic in the first of two friendly games at Home Farm FC tomorrow afternoon (3.00pm).
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27th Nov 2015

Paul Doolin’s side is made up of a mixture of home-based and UK-based players and he feels the exercise will be worthwhile for the players in the long term.

“Although we’ve just had the players for a very short period of time and you can only do as much as you can in that, you can see that they’re a good group and the players have done well. It’s a good opportunity for them,” he said.

“We did well against the Czechs last year with a similar type of squad. The be all and end all is not the results but more so to prepare them for next year’s U19s. If you can perform and get a result then all the better.

“There are a lot of technically good players so going forward we have good options and if we can get those players to understand their defensive roles too then you have a good all-round player.

“The likes of Conor Kane from St Pat’s and James Doona from Shamrock Rovers have a bit of potential so hopefully they’ll benefit from the experience.”

Meanwhile, Everton’s Steven Kinsella will make his first appearance for his country in more than a year after a string of injuries curtailed his progress. The former Templeogue United winger missed out of the UEFA U17 Championship Finals in Bulgaria last season so is eager to get back in the Ireland shirt.

“It’s about 14 months since I played for Ireland and I’ve missed a lot especially with the team getting UEFA qualification,” he said.

“I was watching the games from Bulgaria on Eurosport wishing I was there. I pulled a muscle before the Elite Phase and unfortunately couldn’t recover the fitness in time.

“Thankfully this season I’ve finally got all my injuries sorted out and now I’m getting games. I got 90 minutes the other week for Everton against Preston at U18s and that was a boost.

“I am looking forward to the rest of the season. I’ve got everything sorted fitness wise. I’m not sure why I’ve been unlucky with injuries. Maybe the demands of full-time training was new to me and I took time to adjust. I’ve gotten stronger and have done a lot in the gum the past year and its paid off. Next year I want to keep playing games and push on.

“I’m hoping to get more game time over the next few days with Ireland. I just want to play and do well. We’ve trained well and have been working on the sort of things Paul wants us to do. We haven’t a lot of time together but we’ve working on the roles and responsibilities we have in the team. The Czechs are usually good sides so I’m looking forward to the game.”

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND U18 SQUAD:

Eric Donnelly (Shelbourne)

Corey Chambers (Bray Wanderers)

Corey O’Keeffe (Birmingham City)

Conor Kane (St Patrick’s Athletic)

Brandon Payne (Celtic FC)

Conor McCarthy (Cork City)

Darragh Leahy (Coventry City)

Jonathan Lunney (Preston North End)

Leo Donnellan (QPR FC)

Shane Hanney (Shamrock Rovers)

Trevor Clarke (Shamrock Rovers )

James Doona (Shamrock Rovers)

Jamie Aherne (St Patrick’s Athletic)

Steven Kinsella (Everton)

Luke Wade-Slater (Stevenage FC)

Jamie Gray (Stevenage FC)

Liam Brady (Stevenage FC)

Kyle Finn (Coventry City )

Daniel Mandroiu (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Gerry McDonagh (Nottingham Forest)

FIXTURES

U18 International Fixture

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic, Home Farm FC, Whitehall (3.00pm)

Monday, November 30, 2015

Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic, Home Farm FC, Whitehall (12.00pm)