Goals from Sinclair Armstrong and Ben McCormack in the first half was enough for Colin O’Brien’s side in La Nucia, Spain as they prepare for UEFA Under-17 Championships qualifiers in November.
Ireland took the lead inside 10 minutes when McCormack found room on the right to cross for Shamrock Rovers’ Armstrong to head home.
Russia were kept to half chances in a physical game in 24C heat as the Irish side nullified the attacks of their opposition.
And before half-time they doubled their lead. This time Armstrong turning provider for St Patrick’s Athletic man McCormack who converted the cross with a finish in the left hand corner.
In the second half it was Ireland’s wide play that caused the Russians problems McCormack again putting in a dangerous cross that just evaded those in green jerseys.
In difficult conditions and with the rain pouring heavily Ireland dominated possession in the Russia half. A free-kick from Kyle Martin-Conway drew a save from Daniil Odoevskii late-on but the two first-half goals did the damage for Colin O’Brien’s side.
Republic of Ireland:Daniel Rose (GK), Gavin O’Brien (C), Daragh Reilly, Anselmo Garcia McNulty, Oisin Hand, Kyle Martin-Conway, Ben McCormack (Olabosun Lawal, 87), Colin Conroy, Sinclair Armstrong, Robert Mahon, Claum Kavanagh (Evan Ferguson, 90+1).
Russia: Daniil Odoevskii (GK), Sergei Varatynov, Dania Gayvoronskiy, Arsen Zakharian, Vitaly Shitov, Artem Sokolov, Eduard Bagrintsev, Maksim Laikin, Sergei Nikolaev, Garrik Levin, Magomed Abdusalamov.
Republic of Ireland Under-17 squad
Goalkeepers: Josh Keely (St Patrick’s Athletic), Daniel Rose (Everton)
Defenders: Gavin O’Brien (Bohemians), Fionnan Coyle (Finn Harps), Anselmo Garcia McNulty (Wolfsburg), Oisin Hand (Shamrock Rovers), Daragh Reilly (St Patrick’s Athletic), Adam Wells (Shamrock Rovers),
Midfielders: Robert Mahon (Bohemians), Oran Crowe (Cork City), Ben McCormack (St Patrick’s Athletic), Colin Conroy (Bohemians), Kailin Barlow (Sligo Rovers), Andrew Moran (Bray Wanderers), Kyle Martin-Conway (St Patrick’s Athletic), Olabosun Lawal (Watford)
Forwards: Evan Ferguson (Bohemians), Sinclair Armstrong (Shamrock Rovers), Calum Kavanagh (Middlesbrough), Daniel Gildea (Finn Harps)
September 6: Ireland 2-0 Russia
September 9: Ireland v Russia, KO 11am, Club de Fútbol La Nucía, Spain