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Under-16 Mens Friendlies Aegean Cup, Turkey
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Tanzania

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Ireland U16: Nevin nets winner on debut against Tanzania

Debutant Harry Nevin scored the winner for the Republic of Ireland Under-16s as they beat Tanzania 1-0 in their opening game of the Aegean Cup in Turkey.
Ireland u16 v Tanzania
15th Jan 2020

Cork City’s Nevin, netted the only goal of the game in the 76th minute as Paul Osam’s side began the tournament in the perfect fashion – they face host nation Turkey in the next game on Thursday.

Nevin made his first start alongside fellow debutants, St. Patrick’s Athletic pair Gerard Killane and Jack O’Reilly. And it was O’Reilly who almost gave Ireland the dream start after a minute when he went through on goal but he saw his effort just go wide of the post.

A minute later, O’Reilly was involved again when the Pats man crossed to John Joe Power but the midfielder saw his attempt blocked. 

Tanzania almost took the lead themselves but Jack Ross was on hand to deny a one-on-one situation to keep the game scoreless.

Glory Nzingo almost broke the deadlock in style when his 20-yard strike beat the goalkeeper but not the cross-bar.

In the second half, there were chances for both teams and Shamrock Rovers’ Dara McGuinness was introduced for his first appearance for Ireland. 

Ross, who had denied the African opponents in the first-half, did superbly to tip Gaby Joseph Fundumo’s effort onto the cross-bar to keep Ireland in the game.

However, the winner came in the final few minutes of the 80-minute contest. After short build-up play by Ireland, Cian Kelly produced a super cross that found Nevin at the back post to slot home.

Ireland: Ross, Nevin, Curtis, Grehan (C) (Reilly 62), Barrett, Killane (Ryan 47); Nzingo (Mullins 62), Power (Agbaje 55), Abada; Lonergan (McGuinness 55), Jack O’Reilly (Kelly 47).

Tanzania: Radadhani Kassim, Tirshan Thabit, Ndalo Kamoga, Shauri Nwalupeta, Juma Chasambi (C), Salum Athuman, Abbas Omar, Maulidi Mussa, Abudallah Sabian, Ibrahim Yahya, Miraji.

Substitutes: Rashid Miraji (GK), Philibert Joseph, Evord Shirma, Sefania Nduhje, Hassani Yahaya, Fundumo, Genilson Mlew.

Fixtures
January 17 – Turkey v Ireland, Altinordu Serpi̇l Hamdi̇ Tüzün Sahasi, Turkey, KO 11.30am (Irish time)
January 19 – Ireland v Kosovo, Altinordu Gündüz Teki̇n Onay Sahasi, Turkey, KO 9am (Irish time)
January 21 – Playoff Fixture, venue TBC, KO 9am (Irish time) / Final, Altinordu Serpi̇l Hamdi̇ Tüzün Sahasi, Turkey, KO 11.30am (Irish time)

Result
January 15 – Ireland 1-0 Tanzania

Ireland U16: Four new faces for Turkey tournament

Republic of Ireland Under-16 Head Coach Paul Osam has named a 20-player squad for a friendly tournament in Turkey this week.
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13th Jan 2020

The Under-16 side will face Tanzania, Turkey and Kosovo in the Aegean Cup before competing in a play-off game on Tuesday, January 21.
 
The squad includes first international call-ups for St Patrick’s Athletic pair Gerard Killane and Jack O’Reilly, as well as Dara McGuinness (Shamrock Rovers) and Harry Nevin (Cork City).
 
Paul Osam on his squad selection
“We’ve four players who have received a first international call-up and it’s a first call-up of the season for Zayd Abada. The players have done well with their clubs and their hard work has been rewarded with a place in the squad. It’s a good group and we’re looking forward to going out and playing some top opposition.”
 
On Tanzania, Turkey and Kosovo
“We're used to playing European sides so Tanzania will be an unknown quantity for us. It will be a good test but the focus will ultimately be on our game plan and what we can do.
 
“Turkey have traditionally had a strong underage teams and this side has beaten Portugal and Serbia. They’re the host nation so it will be a challenge, but make no mistake we’ll be prepared for it. Likewise with Kosovo, while not much will be known about them, the focus will be on our game plan and the strengths we possess and the problems we can cause the opposition.”
 
On player development
“At Under-16 level it is crucial to provide Colin O’Brien [Ireland Under-17 Head Coach] with a group of players who can go on and qualify for the European Championships. If you look at Colin’s team that qualified for the Elite Round in November the main bulk of that squad were with me at Under-16s, so continuity is vital. Tournaments like these play such an important part to that development.”
 
Republic of Ireland squad
Goalkeepers: Jack Ross (Bray Wanderers), Reece Byrne (Bohemians)
Defenders: John Ryan (Shamrock Rovers), Gerard Killane (St Patrick’s Athletic), Darragh Reilly (Sligo Rovers), James Abankwah (St Patrick’s Athletic), Aaron O’Reilly (St Patrick’s Athletic), Conor Barrett (Birmingham City), Sean Grehan (Bohemians), Harry Nevin (Cork City)
Midfielders: Glory Nzingo (St Patrick’s Athletic), Jamie Mullins (Bohemians), Zayd Abada (Shamrock Rovers), Ben Curtis (Shamrock Rovers), John Joe Power (Burton Albion)
Forwards: Cian Kelly Caprani (Bohemians), Tom Lonergan (St Patrick’s Athletic), Dara McGuinness (Shamrock Rovers), Edwin Agbaje (Shamrock Rovers), Jack O’Reilly (St Patrick’s Athletic)
 
Fixtures
January 15 – Ireland v Tanzania, Altinordu Gündüz Teki̇n Onay Sahasi, Turkey, KO 9am (Irish time)
January 17 – Turkey v Ireland, Altinordu Serpi̇l Hamdi̇ Tüzün Sahasi, Turkey, KO 11.30am (Irish time)
January 19 – Ireland v Kosovo, Altinordu Gündüz Teki̇n Onay Sahasi, Turkey, KO 9am (Irish time)
January 21 – Playoff Fixture, venue TBC, KO 9am (Irish time) / Final, Altinordu Serpi̇l Hamdi̇ Tüzün Sahasi, Turkey, KO 11.30am (Irish time)