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Under-18 Mens Friendlies U18 International Friendly | Stadion Am Sommerdamm, Rüsselsheim am Main
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Germany 2 - 2 Republic of Ireland

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Ireland U18s draw with Germany in friendly

THE Republic of Ireland U18 side played out an impressive 2-2 draw with Germany in Rüsselsheim am Main today.
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11th May 2016

Tom Mohan's side bounced back from the concession of an early goal to lead 2-1 at the break through a double from Birmingham City's Ronan Hale.

After conceding a second half equaliser the Irish were denied an injury-time when St Patrick's Athletic striker Jamie Aherne was taken down by the goalkeeper on the edge of the box when he was just about to shoot to an unguarded net. The keeper was dismissed but Ireland fired narrowly wide from the resulting free-kick.

Germany went ahead through Joel Richter of FSV Mainz  in the seventh minute after a defensive lapse but Hale grabbed the first of his two goals in the 38th minute to level when he fired past the home keeper in a one on one situation.

The striker then struck again in the 45th minute and this time he rounded the keeper before the ball bounced up and he reacted swiftly to volley home.

Seven minutes into the second half the home side levelled through Kaiserslautern's Nicklas Shipnoski after another defensive error but despite those blips Mohan was very pleased with the game, which will serve as good preparation for next season's UEFA U!9 Championships Qualifiers.

"It was a good result but I was particular pleased with our overall performance. We were very good in the first half and had a couple of chances before they scored. We made a mistake and they punished us," said Mohan.

"The first half was very even. Ronan Hale could have had a hat-trick and was very dangerous.

"We kept possession well and defended well outside of the goal so we deserved to be ahead at the break. They got bodies forward in the second half and we made another mistake which was punished.

"The longer the second half went on we looked like we could score again particularly on the break when some of our counter-attacking was excellent

"Jamie Aherne was unlucky not to get the winner when went around the goalkeeper and was basically rugby tackled as he had an open net to kick into empty net.

"We went home disappointed to have drawn away to Germany which tells a story. We may have grabbed a late winner but in fairness our two goalkeepers Caoimhin Kelleher and Mark Travers both made important saves.

"I'm pleased with how well things have gone. We did well in and out of possession. It was a very intense couple of days and a real group effort from staff and players. The boys will take great confidence from a performance against a side like Germany."

Next on the agenda is an U18 invitational tournament in Sweden next month before the Irish turn their minds to next season's U19 campaign.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Caoimhin Kelleher, Canice Carroll, Conor Masterson, Declan Rice, Robert McCourt, Conor Levingston, Corey O'Keefe, Connor Ronan, Zachary Elbouzedi. Ronan Hale, Jonathan Lunney.

Subs: Dara O'Shea for Rice 30 mins, Daniel Mandroiu for Ronan 65, Luke Wade-Slater for Carroll 65, Liam Brady for Elbouzedi 65, Mark Travers for Kelleher 71, Jamie Aherne for Hale 71, Anthony Scully for McCourt 80.

RESULT

Wednesday, May 11

Under 18 International Friendly

Germany 2-2 Republic of Ireland, Stadion Am Sommerdamm, Rüsselsheim am Main 

Ireland U18s ready for German challenge

THE Republic of Ireland U18 side face Germany in a friendly international at Stadion Am Sommerdamm, Rüsselsheim am Main (10.00am Irish time).
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10th May 2016

Tom Mohan will take charge of the side in his first game since his appointment as Republic of Ireland U19 head coach as these players will all be eligible for that age-group next season.

The Irish coach is positive that getting the squad together - and for a three-team tournament in Sweden next month - will help with the preparations for next season.

“We’ve been together since Sunday and flew out on Monday after training at QPR's training ground. It’s hot over here so the conditions will be a test for them," he said.

From the squad that was named last week Shamrock Rovers winger Trevor Clarke and Reading's Josh Barrett were both ruled out but West Ham's Anthony Scully and St Patrick's Athletic striker Jamie Aherne have been brought in.

“We want to see the players and how they've progressed. We’ve had some changes with injuries and club commitments but it’s an opportunity for these players to perform against high quality opposition," said Mohan.

"That’s where you get confidence from - by performing against top nations. We’ll go out to be very competitive and we’ll try to win the match.

"We know we’ll have to defend very well obviously because Germany have good players but we have very good players too that can also hurt Germany."

Many of this squad played for Mohan at the UEFA U17 Championships Finals in Bulgaria last year and he believes they have the potential to replicate that achievement at U19 level.

“It was a great achievement for them to qualify at U17s but that’s the past and we want to look to the future and get to another finals. There's a hunger there to do it again," he said.

“You can see how some of them have developed in the past year. Some of them have already made the U19s and also put in good performances with the U18s in those games earlier this season. Some of them are also playing U21 football for their clubs."

Republic of Ireland Under 18 Squad

Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool)

Mark Travers (Unattached)

Corey O'Keefe (Birmingham City)

Jonathan Lunney (Preston North End)

Declan Rice (West Ham Utd)

Dara O'Shea (West Bromwich Albion)

Robert McCourt (West Bromwich Albion)

Canice Carroll (Oxford United)

Luke Wade-Slater (Stevenage)

Conor Levingston (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Liam Brady (Stevenage)

Connor Ronan (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Conor Masterson (Liverpool)

Daniel Mandriou (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Zachary Elbouzedi (West Bromwich Albion)

Ronan Hale (Birmingham City)

Anthony Scully (West Ham Utd)

Jamie Aherne (St Patrick's Athletic)

Wednesday, May 11

Under 18 International Friendly

Germany v Republic of Ireland, Stadion Am Sommerdamm, Rüsselsheim am Main (10.00am Irish time)