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Under-16 Mens Friendlies Victory Shield | Mounthawk Park, Tralee
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Republic of Ireland 4 - 0 Wales

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Ireland U16: Welsh victory keeps Shield defence alive

Republic of Ireland Under-16s kept their Victory Shield defence alive with an impressive 4-0 win over Wales.
14th Nov 2018

A brace from Oliver O'Neill and goals from Louie Barry and Andrew Moran either side of the break sealed the victory at Mounthawk Park ahead of the final game against Scotland on Friday.

Ireland were dominant from start to finish and deservedly went ahead in the 21st minute. The industrious O'Neill found the onrushing Barry with a lofted through-ball and after he expertly flicked the ball over the keeper, he finished to give the home side the lead.

Four minutes before the break, Ireland doubled their lead. O'Neill didn't give up on a long ball forward in difficult conditions and after he beat defender Keelan Williams to the ball, the Fulham forward fired home. 

Paul Osam's side didn't let up after the break and grabbed their third nine minutes after the break. Substitute Sinclair Armstrong did well to find Bray Wanderers' Andrew Moran six yards out and he found the bottom corner.

With 15 minutes remaining, Ireland completed the scoring. West Bromwich Albion's Barry found O'Neill on the edge of the area and after he turned his defender, he slid the ball under the keeper for his second of the game.

Ireland could have scored more in the final minutes of the game as substitutes Armstrong and Oran Crowe went close but will settle for the 4-0 scoreline ahead of the final game of the tournament on Friday. 

"We started the game very well, we needed to after the last 15 minutes of the game the other night," said U16 Head Coach Paul Osam.

"We did a lot of preparation coming into this game and it's great to see young players take instructions on board the way they did today.

"We had Wales penned back for long periods and had a lot of opportunities to score throughout the game. It was very important for us to keep a clean sheet as well so it's a real lift.

"It gives us an opportunity going into Friday's match so we'll go back and look at what we can improve on again going into that game."

Republic of Ireland: Daniel Rose (GK), Oisin Hand (C), CJ Egan-Reilly, Colin Conroy (Ben McCormack 66), Billy Vance (Sinclair Armstrong 41), Louie Barry (Lee Harkin 66), Andrew Moran (Kailin Barlow 56), Adam Wells, Oliver O'Neill (Oran Crowe 66), Jamie Doyle, Fionnan Coyle.

Wales: Luca Smith (GK), Keelan Williams (Harry Jones 41), Taylor Jones (Josh Edwards 51), Bryce Jones (Jay Williams 41), Matthew Baker, Ollie Ewing (C), Jadan Raymond (James Sweet-Lannin 51), Levent Gundogan (Ryan Viggers 63), Patrick Jones (Aaron Hillier 51), Cian Williams.

Referee: Eddie O'Mahony.

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Ireland U16: McCormack looks to cap off huge year

Republic of Ireland Under-16 midfielder Ben McCormack has had a year to remember but hopes to be part of an Ireland victory tomorrow.
13th Nov 2018

The Ireland U16s are currently preparing for their second fixture in the Victory Shield, which is based in Tralee, Kerry this week.

Ireland suffered defeat in their first game against Northern Ireland and face Wales tomorrow at Mounthawk Park, with kick-off at 1pm.

McCormack was selected in Paul Osam's squad after an impressive campaign for St. Patrick's Athletic in the SSE Airtricity National U15 League, where they won the League & Cup double. 

"It's been a great year for me, I couldn't be happier with the way it's on," said McCormack.

"The squad and staff at St. Patrick's Athletic were brilliant all season. We targeted the double at the start of the year and to achieve it is fantastic. 

"To be called up to the Ireland squad after that is a dream come true. It's every child's dream to play for their country and it was a huge moment for me and my family."

Dublin-born McCormack scored 20 goals from midfield during the 2018 season and played a starring role in Ireland's opening Victory Shield defeat against Northern Ireland. 

With two tough games against Wales and Scotland coming up, McCormack hopes to be part of a winning side to cap off a memorable year in his football development. 

"It'll be great to get the win tomorrow. It's what we all want to do and we've worked really hard in training towards it," McCormack continued.

"The atmosphere with the players is fantastic and the way it's all done is really professional so it's a great environment to be part of.

"I've done well this year but I need to keep going and push myself. I want to impress the coaches so I can continue to be selected in the future so I've got to keep up the hard work."

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 Results

12/11: Scotland 1-1 Wales, St. Brendan's Park, 1pm
12/11: Republic of Ireland 1-3 Northern Ireland, Mounthawk Park, 6pm

2018 Victory Shield Fixtures

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

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