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Under-18 Mens Friendlies | BVSC Stadion, Budapest
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Hungary 0 - 2 Republic of Ireland

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REPORT | Hungary U18 0-2 Ireland U18

The Republic of Ireland Under-18s made it a winning start to Colin O’Brien’s reign with a 2-0 victory over Hungary in Budapest.
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17th Aug 2021

Goals from Derby County’s Cian Kelly-Caprani and Shamrock Rovers’ Dara McGuinness were enough to give the Boys in Green a win in the first of two international friendlly games this week in the Hungarian capital.
 
This was the first appearance for an Irish Under-18s team since September 2019 with O’Brien giving 14 players a first outing at this level.
 
Luton Town’s Ed McJannet captained the side and it was his first appearance for an Irish underage team along with Josh Clarke, Alex Murphy, Cian Coleman, Billy Brooks and Rio McEvoy.
 
Ireland started the livelier of the two sides with Joe O'Brien-Whitmarsh going close several times in the first half. Firstly, he hit a low drive that tested the handling of goalkeeper Martin Dala. Then on the half-hour mark the Cork City man saw his attempted lob land on the roof of the net.

O'Brien-Whitmarsh, operating in the Number 10 position, found himself thwarted by Dala five minutes later when he was put through on goal and saw his effort bounce off the body of the Hungarian goalkeeper.

The breakthrough came just before half-time. Kelly-Caprani capitalised on a mistake in the Hungary backline, latching onto a loose ball and rounding the goalkeeper to slot in from a tight angle to give Ireland a deserved lead.
 
After the break it was 2-0. Leeds United's Coleman did superbly well to get down the right flank before delivering a dangerous cross into the six-yard-box. The ball fell to McGuinness and the Shamrock Rovers man poked it home to give Ireland a two-goal cushion.
 
McJannet almost topped off his fine performance with a goal of his own. He engineered an opportunity with an exchange of passes, however his left-footed effort was pushed behind for a corner. It was to be the final clear-cut chance of the second half and the game finished up 2-0.

Both teams are back in action on Thursday as Ireland looked to do the double over Hungary.
 
Hungary: Dala (Mergi. 46); Kaján (Sipos 77) , Korógyi (Kovács 77), Dragoner, Yaakobishvili, Szabó (Andros Gulyás 60), Molnar, Kocsis (Kiss, 60), Gruber (Auriél Gyuris 77), Bakti, Kallai.
 
Republic of Ireland: Clarke; Agbaje, Grehan (Fogarty 73), Heffernan, Murphy; McJannet, Coleman, O’Brien-Whitmarsh (Brooks 61), Kelly-Caprani, McGuinness, McEvoy (Pearce 61).
 
Referee: Imre Kovács (Hungary).

Fixture - International Friendly (All times are Irish times)
Thursday, August 19 | Hungary v Republic of Ireland, BVSC Stadion, Budapest, Hungary, KO 10:00

U18 | O'Brien announces squad for Hungary games 

New Republic of Ireland Under-18s Head Coach Colin O’Brien will head to Hungary with a squad of 20 for his first games in charge of the U18s next week.
15th Aug 2021

O’Brien was appointed to the role in June and will oversee the U18s with the age group competing in competitive international football from the 2022/2023 season.
 
Ten players from the League of Ireland have been selected with Ireland playing Hungary on Tuesday, August 17 and Thursday, August 19.
 
It is the first time O’Brien has taken charge of an international game since Ireland U17’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland in a friendly in Spain on February 14th, 2020. 
 
Tuesday's game against Hungary will end an almost two year wait for an Irish U18 side to play international football. That came back in September 2019 when Andy Reid’s side were edged out in a 1-0 away defeat against Norway.
 
Speaking ahead of the games, Colin O’Brien said: “There’s been a lot of work going on in the last number of months since the return to play and we’ve had a lot of activity with home-based players. We’ve had assessment days and training camps and now we’re ready to go with a 20-player squad to represent the Republic of Ireland Under-18s.
 
“We’re so grateful that everything got signed off with the match agreements and the travel to play in Hungary. A lot of hard work went on behind the scenes and we have a lot of strict protocols we’ve to adhere to but now, most importantly for us, it’s about looking forward to the games and working with the players - that’s what this event is all about.
 
“These games are an opportunity to see where a lot of the players are at individually as they’ve been out of the international scene for nearly a year and for some players it’s a year and a half. It’s important we assess where they’re at and there’s no better way to do that playing against good quality opposition in an international event.”
 
Republic of Ireland Under-18 Squad
 
Goalkeepers: Josh Clarke (Bournemouth), Owen Mason (Mansfield Town), Conor Walsh (Sligo Rovers).
 
Defenders: Tommy Fogarty (Birmingham City)Sean Grehan (Bohemians), Cathal Heffernan (Cork City), Alex Murphy (Galway United), Darragh Reilly (Sligo Rovers), David Toure (Shelbourne).
 
Midfielders: Billy Brooks (Lincoln City), Cian Coleman (Leeds United), Justin Ferizaj (Shamrock Rovers), Cian Kelly-Caprani (Derby County), Joe O’Brien-Whitmarsh (Cork City).
 
Forwards: Edwin Agbaje (Ipswich Town), Jad Hakiki (Shelbourne), Rio McEvoy (Bolton Wanderers), Ed McJannet (Luton Town), Dara McGuinness (Shamrock Rovers), Luke Pearce (Southampton).
 
Fixtures - International Friendlies (all times are Irish times)

  • Tuesday, August 17 | Hungary v Republic of Ireland, BVSC Stadion, Budapest, Hungary, KO 17:00
  • Thursday, August 19 | Hungary v Republic of Ireland, BVSC Stadion, Budapest, Hungary, KO 10:00