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Under-15 Boys Friendlies | Celtic Park, Killarney
Friday, January 23, 2015

Republic of Ireland vs Scotland

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Ireland U15s go down to impressive Scots

THE Republic of Ireland U15 side went down to a 3-1 loss to an impressive Scotland in an entertaining friendly international at Celtic Park, Killarney, this evening.
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23rd Jan 2015

Republic of Ireland 1-3 Scotland

Scotland took the lead in the 11th minute when Elliot Watt produced a stunning free-kick from 20 yards that smashed in off the underside of the Irish crossbar.

The visitors pressed Ireland relentlessly early on and their pressure play made it hard for the Irish to get a foothold on the game.

Despite that Ireland were unlucky not to level in the 17th minute when Luke Nolan made an excellent burst forward and his low cross was knocked back across the face of goal by Jack Owens. A Scottish defender stuck out a leg to clear but diverted the ball onto his own post before it was eventually scrambled to safety.

Ireland were undone once again in the 21st minute when Kieran Freeman made a strong burst down the right wing and sent a low ball right across goal for Glenn Middleton to tap in at the back post.

Middleton was one of the most impressive players on display for the visitors, who were coached by ex-Nottingham Forest star Scott Gemmill.

Ireland fell 3-0 down in the fourth minute of the second half when Jack Aitchison found the net with a low strike from the edge of the box.

Two minutes later Glen McAuley pulled one back for the home side when he converted from the penalty spot after Aaron Connolly had been fouled. McAuley was an impressive performer for the Irish.

Jordan Doherty was unlucky to head over from a Charlie Barry corner in the 51st minute then McAuley saw his low shot saved by keeper Josh Donaldson after a good run down the left flank in the 65th minute.

Four minutes later excellent play by Nolan found Connolly but he shot wide at the near post and two minutes from time Sultan Owolabi shot over from close range after the ball bounced around the Scottish penalty area.

The sides will meet at Listowel Celtic's Pat Kennedy Park on Sunday afternoon (12pm).

"It was an excellent experience for our guys. A lot of them wouldn't used to being pressed the way they were from Scotland tonight," said Irish head coach Colin O'Brien.

"Scotland had eight players who from their development academy involved tonight and you can see how that has helped their development. They are an excellent side.

"Our lads were playing their first home game in an Irish shirt and you could tell that it was a daunting experience for some of them. It is something they can learn from.

"The good thing is that we meet again on Sunday. We've an excellent staff here and we'll work with the lads to prepare for that game and we will be looking to see how they learn from this game."

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Lorcan Callaghan, Luke Nolan , Lee O’Connor, Dominic Peppard, Thierry Baba, Joe Dwyer, Glen McAuley, Mark Kelly, Aaron Connolly, Jack Owens, Charlie Barry. Subs: Jordan Doherty for Kelly 47 mins; Sultan Owolabi for Owens 69.

SCOTLAND: Josh Donaldson, Kieran Freeman, Jack Thomson,  Lewis Mayo, Scott Gray, Elliot Watt, Christian Antoniazzi, Kristi Marku, Jack Aitchison, Zak Rudden, Glenn Middleton. Subs: Jordon Houston for Gray 41; Stephen Kelly for Antoniazzi 41; Sebastian Ross for Marku 64; Logan Chalmers for Rudden 69; Stephen Welsh for Freeman 69; Jack Paterson for Aitchison 73.

U15s set for first of Scottish tests in Kerry

THE Republic of Ireland U15 side will play their first internationals of the calendar year in Killarney tomorrow when they host Scotland at Killarney Celtic’s Celtic Park ground (7.15pm).
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22nd Jan 2015

Colin O’Brien side will also meet the Scots at Listowel Celtic’s Pat Kennedy Park on Sunday.

The Irish U15s had two testing encounters against Poland in November and O’Brien expects another difficult assignment this weekend.

“Everything has gone very well this week. We trained Tuesday, Wednesday and again tonight. We’ve been going through the principles of how we want them to defend and attack as a unit,” said O’Brien.

“We’ve had the use of the facilities at Killarney Celtic and Mastergeeha FC and they’ve been great for us.

“The weather hasn’t been great. It’s been windy but that’s died down now so hopefully it stays that way for the game.”

The Scots gave O’Brien’s last group of players some tough tests in Scotland last year and the Irish head coach believes these games will similarly challenge his side.

“I’m they’ll be decent games, we played their 1999s last year and they were two good games. They played a high pressure game and they tried to build up in possession. We’d expect something similar this weekend,” he said.

“The new players who came in for this game have trained well and have been getting an education into everything we expect from them on and off the pitch so things are set up nicely for two good games.”

Republic of Ireland U15 squad:

Patryk Osinski (Mallow United)

Lorcan Callaghan (Strand Celtic)

Thierry Baba (Castlebar Celtic)

Kevin Healy (Belvedere FC)

Dominic Peppard (St Joseph’s Boys)

Lee O’Connor (Villa FC)

Luke Nolan (St Kevin’s Boys)

Joe Dwyer (Tullamore Town)

Cian Lee (Belvedere FC)

Charlie Barry (St Francis FC)

Mark Kelly (St Joseph’s Boys)

Jack Owens (Emo Celtic)

Cian Hughes (St Francis FC)

Aaron McColgan (QPS FC)

Aaron Connolly (Mervue United)

Glen McAuley (St Joseph’s Boys)

Jordan Doherty (Home Farm FC)

Sultan Owolabi (New Oak Boys)

FIXTURES

Friday, January 23, 2015

U15 International Friendly

Republic of Ireland v Scotland, Celtic Park, Killarney (7.15pm)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

U15 International Friendly

Republic of Ireland v Scotland, Pat Kennedy Park, Listowel (12.00pm)