England 4 - 1 Republic of Ireland | 2016 - Under-18 Friendlies | 999942662

Under-18 Mens Friendlies U18 International Friendly | St George's Park, England
Sunday, March 27, 2016

England 4 - 1 Republic of Ireland

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Ireland U18s go down to England defeat

THE Republic of Ireland U18 side went down to a 4-1 loss to England in a behind-closed-doors friendly game at St George's Park this afternoon.
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27th Mar 2016

This fixture marked Paul Doolin's last game with the Irish youth teams and it was a fixture played in very blustery conditions.

Lukas Nmecha put England ahead in the 24th minute after finishing off a counter-attack with a low strike. Two minutes later Ireland's Connor Ronan fired narrowly wide from the edge of the box.

Marcus Edwards added a second for England in the 34th minute after breaking through the Irish defence.

Zac Elbouzedi fired over from a JJ Lunney cross in the 42nd minute before Ronan had a free-kick from just outside the penalty area that went narrowly wide.

Ireland pulled one back in the 53rd minute when substitute Conor Levingston was in the right place to poke past the advancing keeper.

Levingston forced a save five minutes later as Ireland pushed to level but unfortunately for the visitors Edwards grabbed his second goal of the day with a low shot.

Ireland had a big opportunity to pull it back when Gerry McDonagh was taken down for a penalty in the 66th minute but unfortunately Ronan fired over from the spot-kick.

To add to the Irish disappointment Antony Evans added number four for England 12 minutes from time.

After the game Doolin admitted that the conditions had played a big impact on the game.

"The wind was horrendous and it was so hard for us to get out of our own half of the pitch in the first half," said Doolin.

"We had to cope with it and we eventually settled down and then created some very good chances as the half wore on but then they caught us on break for the second goal which made it more difficult.

"With the wind having such an impact we knew that if we pressed them in the second half it would be hard for them to play and we did well. We got one goal back and were pushing for the equaliser but unfortunately they scored to make it 3-1 and that was a big blow.

"We had a penalty chance then and if we had got to 3-2 it could have been a different end to the game but we've no complaints.

"England were a very decent side with lots of good players. Maybe the score-line was a bit harsh on us but England were coming in after a game against Austria and you can see how much work they are doing with their players.

"Overall we did well but our lads need to realise that U19 is a step up again from this. The next person into this job has a decent group to work with but you can see that it's a very high standard at this level."

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Eric Donnelly; Shane Hanney, JJ Lunney, Tom Cadman, Conor Masterson, Corey O'Keeffe, Zac Elbouzedi, Louis Dunne, Gerry McDonagh, Connor Ronan, Trevor Clarke. Subs: Conor Levingston for Dunne 46 mins; Liam Brady for Cadman 46; Conor Kane for Hanney 65; Sam Warde for Ronan 77; Michael O'Connor for McDonagh 77; Jamie Aherne for Elbouzedi 80; Conor Davis for Clarke 80.

Ireland U18s prepare for England clash at St George's Park

THE Republic of Ireland U18 side will play England in a friendly international at St George's Park tomorrow afternoon in a game that will be Paul Doolin's final fixture with the underage international sides.
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26th Mar 2016

Doolin has opted to step down as Irish U19s international team Head Coach after six years in the role and is looking to sign off his spell on the international scene on a high note in a game, which is being played behind closed doors.

"Everything has been good since we got the squad together. We've had a couple of sessions and will prepare for this fixture like we would any other international," said Doolin.

"It's probably a little bit strange for me as I won't be going forward with the team but it gives the players another chance to work together as they go forward to next year's UEFA qualifiers under the next coach.

"Looking back at the Czech Republic games we played at the end of last year I felt we did very well the first day in particular and even in the second game we did well enough.

"It's good to get the players in and test themselves against a good level England side. The players faced each other in the UEFA U17s last year and there's no doubt that England have a lot of talent at this age group.

"But the friendlies have always been about getting performances. It's all part of the build-up to competitive football and we are always aiming for certain things from the players.

"We've trained and looked at this game as seriously as any other and the objective tomorrow is to perform well.

"I've had a long time in the role and we've played a lot of matches over those six years. I feel that we've improved a lot of players over that time. Whatever decisions we’ve made over that time, the aim has always been to improve players and the teams we've worked with. Hopefully we can finish up with a good display tomorrow."

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND U18 SQUAD:

David Craddock (Aberdeen)

Eric Donnelly (St Patricks Athletic)

Tom Cadman (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Corey O’Keeffe (Birmingham City)

Louis Dunne (Colchester United)

Shane Hanney (Shamrock Rovers)

Jonathan Lunney (Preston North End)

Conor Levingston (Wolves)

Daniel Mandriou (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Conor Masterson (Liverpool)

Connor Ronan (Wolves)

Zachary Elbouzedi (West Bromwich Albion)

Sam Ward (Huddersfield Town)

Trevor Clarke (Shamrock Rovers)

Michael O’Connor (Dundalk)

Liam Brady (Stevenage)

Jamie Aherne (St Patricks Athletic)

Gerry McDonagh (Nottingham Forest)

Conor Kane (St Patricks Athletic)

Conor Davis (Reading)

FIXTURE

Sunday, March 26

U18 International Friendly

England v Republic of Ireland, St George's Park (12.30pm)