Republic of Ireland 1-1 Scotland
THE Republic of Ireland U15 drew with Scotland at Listowel’s Pat Kennedy Park earlier today in the second of two friendly internationals this weekend.
Colin O’Brien’s side took the lead through a Glen McAuley strike in the 44th minute but the Scots levelled in injury-time through a Stephen Welsh goal.
The Scots had won 3-1 when the sides met in Killarney on Friday. O'Brien and the Irish coaching staff were very pleased with the overall performance from Ireland as they took the lessons from the first game and very unlucky not to get the win.
Welsh found the net in the 82nd minute - injury-time at this level - when he found the net after turning the ball home from a Zak Rudden delivery after a series of Scottish corners finally produced an equaliser for the visitors.
The Irish opted to tweak their 1-4-3-3 formation by utilising two holding players and their organisation made it really difficult for the Scots to break through.
Individually a number of Irish players stepped up their displays from Friday night and overall the home side maintained much better possession of the ball than had been the case in game one.
The first real chance came on seven minutes with Glen McAuley making a darting run into the box and getting a strike away which went narrowly wide.
Three minutes later, Irish pressure saw Lee O Connor make a run from midfield with the ball and after breaching the visiting defence he hit a thundering strike which came back off the crossbar.
McAuley had further chances on 21 and 31 minutes but on both occasions Scotland goalkeeper Josh Donaldson made some excellent saves.
Irish keeper Patryk Osinski looked very comfortable in the first goal and his distribution provided his side with the platform to give Scotland a lot more to think about.
Ireland's goal came after a short corner was taken by Aaron McColgan and he fed McAuley, who weaved his way past two Scotland defenders in the box before hammering the ball home past the keeper.
The home side could have extended their lead in the 67th minute when Cian Hughes pounced on a cross but Scottish substitute keeper David Wilson made a fantastic save.
Osinski and his back four of Thierry Baba, Cian Lee, Kevin Healy and Dominic Peppard had dealt with most of what the Scots threw at them before they eventually grabbed a last gasp equaliser for a share of the spoils.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Patryk Osinski, Cian Lee, Dominic Peppard, Kevin Healy, Lee O’Connor, Thierry Baba, Jordan Doherty, Cian Hughes, Sultan Owolabi, Aaron McColgan, Glen McAuley. Subs: Mark Kelly for Doherty 60 mins; Aaron Connolly for McColgan 63; Jack Owens for Owulabi 63, Charlie Barry for O'Connor 69.
SCOTLAND: Josh Donaldson, Kieran Freeman, Jack Thomson, Stephen Kelly, Jack Paterson, Elliot Watt, Christian Antoniazzi, Kristi Marku, Jack Aitchison, Logan Chalmers, Glenn Middleton. Subs: Lewis Mayo for Kelly 25; Zak Rudden for Chalmers 50; Sebastian Ross for Antoniazzi 50; Stephen Welsh for 55; David Wilson for Donaldson 60.
Ireland's U15 team that faced Scotland in Listowel