Republic of Ireland 1 - 3 Netherlands | 2015 - Under-15 Friendlies | 999941670

Under-15 Boys Friendlies U15 International Friendly | Pike Rovers FC, Crossagalla, Limerick
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Republic of Ireland 1 - 3 Netherlands

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Ireland U15s go down to Dutch defeat in Limerick

THE Republic of Ireland U15 side suffered a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands in their final fixture of the campaign at Pike Rovers FC in Limerick this afternoon.
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16th Apr 2015

Republic of Ireland 1-3 Netherlands

Colin O'Brien's side had beaten the same opponents on Tuesday evening but both sides made a host of changes and the Irish did not settle immediately.

The Netherlands took the lead in the fifth minute when the talented winger Brad van Hoeven carved out a left wing cross and found Daishawn Redan who turned the ball home from close range.

Redan turned provider for the second goal in the 12th minute when he burst down the right and cut the ball back for Maurice Kone to convert.

Ireland got an early response with Aaron McColgan finding the net direct from a corner just two minutes later.

Redan got his head to another van Hoeven cross in the 24th minute but Irish keeper Patryk Osinski saved comfortably,

Four minutes later Irish striker Glen McAuley had a low strike from the edge of the box saved by Dutch keeper Sem Custers.

After the break Ireland produced some decent spells but it was Osinski who was forced into a top class save to deny Joey Jacobs in the 51st minute.

Substitute Jordan Doherty might have grabbed an equaliser in the 56th minute but he headed wide from a Gavin Kilkenny cross.

The visitors grabbed a third goal in the 72nd minute when Keyennu Lont fired to bottom corner from edge of the box.

"It's been an excellent week with the players and they'll have learned a lot from this game. This season has been about teaching the players what is required at international level and we had no easy fixtures," said head coach Colin O'Brien.

"We feel the players have developed well collectively and will be ready to progress to the next stage with the U16s next season. They have shown that they've learned a lot and that's what we wanted from them."

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Patryk Osinski, Lee O’Connor, Dominic Peppard, Joe Redmond, Thierry Baba, Glen McAuley, Aaron McColgan (Aaron Connolly 52), Mark Kelly (Jordan Doherty 52), Luke Nolan, Gavin Kilkenny (Charlie Barry 61), Yassine En Neyah (Jack Owens 61).

NETHERLANDS: Sem Custers, Sven Botman (Mitchel Bakker 36), (Andrew Mendonca 56), Elton Kusi, Joey Jacobs, Ian Smeulers, Maurice Kone (Keyennu Lont 36),Rodney Huijgen, Daishawn Redan, Dave van den Berg, Brad van Hoeven, Justin Baas.

FIXTURES & RESULTS

Tuesday, April 14

U15 International

Republic of Ireland 1-0 Netherlands, Pearse Stadium, Janesboro FC

Thursday, April 16

U15 International

Republic of Ireland 1-3 Netherlands, Crossagalla, Pike Rovers FC.

O'Brien looking for a repeat performance against Dutch

THE Republic of Ireland U15 side will face the Netherlands in the second of two friendly internationals at the Pike Rovers FC ground in Crossagalla, Limerick, tomorrow afternoon (12pm).
15th Apr 2015

Colin O'Brien's side produced an excellent display against their Dutch visitors on Tuesday as an Aaron Connolly goal gave them a 1-0 win at Janesboro FC.

The Irish head coach was very pleased with the display his youngster produced as they continue to develop as international footballers.

“I thought the performance on Tuesday was excellent," he said.

"All year we’ve gone through a process on learning how we want them to play. In each game and each event that they’ve been involved in they’ve learned something from it and these players have always adapted and improved which is a great sign of their intelligence and it’s a great sign that our players are able to adapt.

"Especially if you take the last game against Scotland the tempo was very high and that’s something our players have to get used to. We did a lot of preparation work with them since Saturday and the credit is all to the players. They worked extremely hard on what to do without the ball in our sessions and they got the reward in the game on Tuesday.

“The will to win has to be there but the performance and the principles that we’ve been trying to get across has been the most satisfying aspect."

O'Brien believes that as the season has progressed he has seen a marked improvement in the individual and collective displays and he is looking for the Irish squad to maintain that level of performance against the Dutch tomorrow.

“We have a style of play that we’ve adapted and we knew it would take a bit of time. We felt it would take a season to bed in and they’ll go to U16s and learn more. We want them to be patient and build up through the thirds," he said.

"We did create chances from playing football which shows that our players can do it – they just need to be put in the environment and helped. That’s our job to guide and facilitate them and they showed they could do it against a very good team.

“We meet again on Thursday. We expect Holland will be a little bit stung. We expect a high tempo again and for them to try to dictate the game quite early but our aims will be the same.

"The players that didn’t feature on Tuesday will start. We’ve three new players to this level so they’ll experience international football on Thursday. That’s one of our objectives. Hopefully it’ll be a good game again.”

FIXTURES & RESULTS

Tuesday, April 14

U15 International

Republic of Ireland 1-0 Netherlands, Pearse Stadium, Janesboro FC

Thursday, April 16

U15 International

Republic of Ireland vs Netherlands, Crossagalla, Pike Rovers FC (12pm).