Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland
THE Republic of Ireland U15 side suffered a second narrow defeat to Poland in three days in a friendly in Strawczyn today.
Colin O’Brien’s young side produced another impressive performance and the Irish head coach feels the experience will stand them in good stead as they commence their international careers.
"I have to say it was a very good performance. We played very well, we were really good in possession and had a good defensive structure,” he said.
"The Polish threat was from long distance shots so the defence did well. Their keeper also made a very good save in the first half which could have given us control and after we conceded in the second half we were unfortunate not to get an equaliser.
"It's been a great experience for the lads. The Poles were all coming from full-time clubs so the level was very good. The Polish coaching staff were very complimentary about our side.”
"We'll use the other players to play another development game in December then the national assessment again in December
Aaron Connolly had Ireland’s first chance in the 20th minute after breaking through on goal but the home keeper made a top class save and Connolly could not convert from the rebound.
Thierry Baba came close with a header four minutes later when he connected with a Dominic Peppard free-kick but his attempt went narrowly over.
A defensive lapse saw a misplaced pass stolen by Wojciech Kafka and he raced through to fire the opener in the 33rd minute.
After the break Ireland continued to play good possession football and in the 52nd minute they were unlucky when Aaron Bolger had a strike from the edge of the box fly narrowly over after the Poles failed to clear a corner.
Poland went 2-0 up on the hour when a free-kick was sent into the Irish penalty area and the ball dropped for Sebastian Walukiewicz to turn home from six yards out.
The Irish were denied a swift response when Jack Owens struck a thundering strike off the Polish crossbar just four minutes later.
Glen McAuley duly pulled one back in the 68th minute when he cut in from the right and fired a stunning strike to the roof of the Polish net to five Ireland real hope.
It was McAuley again who looked so dangerous just two minutes later when he unleashed a brilliant long range effort that unfortunately for Ireland again his the crossbar.
The Irish players will now come together for national assessments in December ahead of January games against Scotland and another group of players born in 2000 will play the NDSL next month in a development game.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Tom Murphy, Thierry Baba, Dominic Peppard, Lee O’Connor, Luke Nolan, Aaron Bolger, Mark Kelly, Cian Hughes, Aaron Connolly, Ronan Manning, Cian Murphy. Subs: Charlie Barry for Kelly 40 mins; Glen McCauley for C Murphy 62; Jack Owens for Manning 62; Joe Dwyer for Bolger 70.
Tuesday, November 11
U15 International Friendly
Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland, Mniow Stadium
Thursday, November 13
U15 International Friendly
Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland, Strawczyn Stadium