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Under-17 Mens Friendlies U17 International Friendly | Brdo, Slovenia
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Slovenia 1 - 1 Republic of Ireland

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Ireland U17s draw in Slovenia

Republic of Ireland Under-17s rounded off a productive week with a 1-1 draw against Slovenia...
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11th Aug 2016

Manager Colin O'Brien rotated his side following Ireland's 3-1 win over Slovenia on Tuesday as Conor Coventry, Joe Dwyer and Aaron McColgan all started.

With the slightly cooler conditions on Thursday morning in Brdo, Ireland played with a high tempo and dominated the early stages. 

Ireland should have gone ahead with 10 minutes gone as Marcus Rawley crossed for Thomas Caffery at the back-post but he placed his shot wide.

Ireland went ahead soon after as a good move down the right allowed Lee O'Connor in behind and his low cross was placed home by Gavin Kilkenny in the 17th minute.

Slovenia pulled level after the break as a right-sided corner was headed home at the back post in the 66th minute and despite late chances for either side, the points were shared.

Manager O'Brien believes it has been a productive week for the side and has praised the quality of the performances from his squad.

O'Brien said: "We changed the team around today as much as we could with injuries with certain players. It's important that all 20 players get as much time on the pitch as possible.

"The conditions were a bit cooler today than Tuesday's game and that really helped us start the game with a high tempo which saw us take the lead.

"The players showed good discipline and stuck to the defensive strategy so I'm disappointed with conceding from a set-play but that is something we can correct.

"Overall, it's been a very productive week which has given us a great opportunity to assess the players. We've executed some bits well and most importantly, the squad have had some good exposure and minutes on the pitch."

Republic of Ireland U17: Murphy; O'Connor, Lee (Nolan 38), Ledwidge, Doherty, Kilkenny, Coventry, Rowley (Roache 58), Caffery (Bolger 58), Dwyer (Idah 62), McColgan (Robinson 46).

Ireland U17s set for second clash with Slovenia

THE Republic of Ireland U17 side will play their second of two international games against Slovenia in Brdo on Thursday morning (9.30am).
U17 Slovenia August 2016.jpg
10th Aug 2016

Colin O'Brien's side produced an impressive display to beat their hosts 3-1 in their opening game of the season on Tuesday with Adam Idah scoring twice and Lee O'Connor also finding the net.

"Today was a recovery day for us really with the focus turning to tomorrow's game," said O'Brien.

"We also worked with the balance of the players that didn't feature yesterday, while some of those who did feature in that game had some soreness and did the appropriate recovery work. Everybody will be needed tomorrow as we expect another tough test in very hot conditions.

"For the staff and the players we felt the first game was a very good test. We started well, created chances and scored two good goals. Their goal just before half-time gave them confidence to start the second half at higher tempo so we had to defend well and I was pleased that we did so.

"There are of course some areas that we know that we can improve but overall we had five or six chances and took three.

"We have four lads in the squad who are also eligible at this age group next year so that's pleasing. If they have qualities necessary to go a year up its worth doing and the older lads have helped them. They've been in our system for a while so we know them well and feel they are ready for this level.

"Thursday's game is one where we'll want to see the other players and see how they perform against a Slovenia team that we know will test them."


Tuesday, August 9

Slovenia 1-3 Republic of Ireland, National Football Centre, Brdo

Thursday, August 11

Slovenia v Republic of Ireland, National Football Centre, Brdo (9.30am)