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Under-16 Mens Friendlies Victory Shield | Mounthawk Park, Tralee
Monday, November 12, 2018

Republic of Ireland 1 - 3 Northern Ireland

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Ireland U16: Late goals lead to opening day defeat

The Republic of Ireland Under-16s suffered defeat in their opening match of the Victory Shield as Northern Ireland scored two late goals to seal a 3-1 win in Kerry.
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12th Nov 2018

The Republic of Ireland Under-16s suffered defeat in their opening match of the Victory Shield as Northern Ireland scored two late goals to seal a 3-1 win in Kerry.

All of the goals came after the break as Ross McCausland gave the away side the lead before Oliver O'Neill responded a minute later. As Ireland pushed forward for the win, Ciaran McGuckin scored five minutes from time before Sean Stewart's stoppage-time strike for Northern Ireland. 

Paul Osam's side were dominant throughout the first 45 minutes and were unfortunate to go in at the break level. Just past the quarter-of-an-hour mark, the nimble Lee Harkin found space on the right to cross for the onrushing O'Neill, but he directed his shot over the bar. 

St. Patrick's Athletic midfielder Ben McCormack was at the centre of everything good for Ireland and almost opened the scoring in the 26th minute. McCormack found space 40 yards out before evading two Northern Irish defenders but fired his shot against the post from just outside the area.

Ireland continued to create chances as West Bromwich Albion striker Louie Barry saw a long-range effort palmed away in the 32nd minute in front of over 500 supporters at Mounthawk Park. 

Northern Ireland grew into the game in the early stages of the second-half and went ahead in the 62nd minute. After neat-play down the right, Ross McCausland turned and fired in from just outside the area.

A minute later, Ireland responded. Substitute Billy Vance crossed for O'Neill and after the defender failed to clear, the Fulham man smashed the ball home. 

The game opened up after that two-minute spell and spurred on by the Mounthawk crowd, Ireland pressed forward in search of a winner. But as the home side pushed forward, Northern Ireland found the net five minutes from time. 

A brilliant counter-attack ended as McGuckin's shot nestled into the bottom right-hand corner and in stoppage time, Northern Ireland ended a third as Stewart's strike found the near-post corner. 

Ireland face Wales on Wednesday at Mounthawk Park in their second match of the Victory Shield after their opening game defeat.

"We're disappointed with the defeat but I didn't think we deserved to win the game," said U16 Head Coach Paul Osam.

"We had a number of chances in the first-half which we didn't take but they were the better side in the second-half. After our goal, we had a good spell but it was very disappointing to see their second goal come from our free-kick. These are things the boys will learn and with a bit of organisation, we can eradicate. 

"We've got to take where we didn't do well in the game into training tomorrow ahead of the game against Wales on Wednesday."

Republic of Ireland: Josh Keely (GK), Gavin O'Brien (C), Ronan Kilkenny (Colin Conroy 70), Oisin Hand, CJ Egan-Reilly, Ben McCormack, Louie Barry, Adam Wells, Oliver O'Neill (Sinclair Armstrong 70), Oran Crowe (Kallin Barlow 52), Lee Harkin (Billy Vance 52). 

Northern Ireland: Connor Byrne (GK), Sean Stewart, Aaron Donnelly, Lewis McKinnon, Orrin McLaughlin, Conor Bradley (C), Charlie Allen, Dale Taylor (Ciaran McGuckin 70), Euen Williams (Caolan McBride 62), Ross McCausland, Vicky Saldanmo (Sean McAllister 70).

Referee: Derek O'Shea.

Ireland U16: Squad ready to begin Victory Shield

Republic of Ireland Under 16 Head Coach Paul Osam is targeting a positive start to the Victory Shield as they face Northern Ireland in their opening game.
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11th Nov 2018

The Ireland U16 squad are based in Tralee, Kerry throughout the week for the tournament with Ireland's first match against Northern Ireland at Mounthawk Park, with kick-off at 6pm.

It is the first time Ireland is hosting the four-nation competition as they look for their third consecutive victory of the Victory Shield and Head Coach Osam is looking forward to the challenge.

"It's going to be a difficult week but it's a week we're looking forward to and excited about," said Osam.

"We've trained twice already and the squad is looking good. We won't know what we're like until we go out there as we've got some new players in the group but I'm confident. 

"They're good players, they wouldn't be in here if they weren't. We just got to hope they're taking on the information we give them in such a short amount of time. 

"We've done the analysis and put together an extensive plan on our principles of play, so we've done all we can do as a staff and we're looking forward to getting it going tomorrow evening."

The squad began camp on Friday to prepare for the competition with the majority of the squad selected playing in the SSE Airtricity National Under 15 & Under 17 Leagues. 

"We watched Northern Ireland's game against Estonia a month or so ago and they were very impressive," Osam continued.

"They've changed their style of play a little bit from what I can see but they're doing a lot of good work up there so they'll be a good outfit.

"It's fantastic to be down in Kerry for the tournament. The people have been incredibly welcoming and all of the clubs have put in a lot of work for us.

"The way we've been treated here is the best I've experienced in a long time and we're really thankful for all of the efforts for us."

Republic of Ireland U16 Squad

Goalkeepers: Josh Keely (St. Patrick's Athletic), Daniel Rose (Everton) 

Defenders: Fionnan Coyle (Finn Harps), CJ Egan-Reilly (Manchester City), Oisin Hand (Shamrock Rovers), Ronan Kilkenny (Bohemians), Gavin O'Brien (Bohemians), Adam Wells (Shamrock Rovers)

Midfielders: Kailin Barlow (Sligo Rovers), Colin Conroy (Bohemians), Oran Crowe (Cork City), Jamie Doyle (St. Patrick's Athletic), Lee Harkin (Tristar Boys), Ben McCormack (St. Patrick's Athletic), Andrew Moran (Bray Wanderers)

Forwards: Sinclair Armstrong (Shamrock Rovers), Louie Barry (West Bromwich Albion), Oliver O'Neill (Fulham), Billy Vance (Bray Wanderers)

2018 Victory Shield Fixtures

12/11: Scotland v Wales, St. Brendan's Park, 1pm
12/11: Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland, Mounthawk Park, 6pm

14/11: Republic of Ireland v Wales, Mounthawk Park, 1pm
14/11: Northern Ireland v Scotland, Mounthawk Park, 6pm

16/11: Scotland v Republic of Ireland, Tralee Dynamos, 1pm
16/11: Wales v Northern Ireland, Mounthawk Park, 1pm