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Under-15 Boys Friendlies International Friendly | Rock Celtic FC, Blackrock, Co Louth
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Poland

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Ireland U15s go down to Polish defeat

THE Republic of Ireland U15 side were narrowly beaten by Poland in an exciting friendly international at Rock Celtic FC this evening.
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24th Nov 2015

On a crisp night in Co Louth both sides produced impressive performances and the Irish were certainly unlucky not to get at least a share of the spoils.

Ireland went ahead in the 12th minute when Sean Brennan turned home a low cross from livewire wide-man Callum Thompson.

Four minutes later Kacper Nowak forced a save from Irish keeper Kian Clarke but unfortunately for the home side they conceded an equaliser in the 19th minute when Oskar Nowak found the net with a shot from distance.

Five minutes into the second half Oskar Nowak smashed a shot off the Irish crossbar and the home side then launched a counter which saw the dynamic Thompson shoot just over after bursting forward from inside his own half.

In the 51st minute the Poles extended their lead after a low corner was fired in and Paweł Żuk smashed home from ten yards out.

Thompson was unfortunate not to level in the 62nd minute when he drove in from the left and drilled in a low right footed effort which keeper Piotr Zalewski got down well to save.

Adam Idah headed just over from a Marc Walsh cross two minutes later then in the 66th minute Kameron Ledwidge found the head of Barry Coffey but his effort was a matter of inches wide.

Zalewski made another save to deny Walsh 60 seconds later then another powerful Thompson run saw him burst down the right and cross for Idah to thump a header off the crossbar.

Irish keeper Clarke showed his class to keep out a long range effort from Bartosz Marchewka in the 83rd minute then two minutes into injury-time Sean Mahon sent Idah through but once again Zalewski got out well to save.

The sides will meet again on Thursday afternoon at the same venue.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Kian Clarke, Jamin Nwanze, Jason Knight, Ray O'Sullivan, Nathan Collins, Kameron Ledwidge, Sean Brennan, Barry Coffey, Callum Thompson, Adam Idah, Caelin Rooney. Subs: Marc Walsh for Rooney 40 mins; Sean Mahon for Coffey 74.

POLAND: Piotr Zalewski, Karol Smajdor, Marcin Wiśniewski, Maciej Marek, Wiktor Pleśnierowicz, Michał Karbownik, Oskar Nowak, Paweł Żuk, Maciej Rosołek, Kacper Nowak, Konrad Matuszewski. Subs: Bartosz Marchewka for K Nowak 40; Krystian Espersen for Rosołek 59; Łukasz Łakomy for Karbownik 63.

FIXTURES & RESULTS

Tuesday, November 24

U15 International

Republic of Ireland 1-2 Poland, Rock Celtic FC, Co Louth

Thursday, November 26

U15 International

Republic of Ireland v Poland, Rock Celtic FC, Co Louth (12.00pm)

Ireland U15s face Poland in season opener

Republic of Ireland U15 Head Coach Colin O'Brien will be looking to his young side to begin their international careers on a positive note when they meet Poland in Blackrock, Co Louth, tomorrow night.
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23rd Nov 2015

O'Brien's side begin the international campaign with an interesting test against the Poles at Rock Celtic FC and after impressing at the Hibernia Cup in August and through the assessment period over recent weeks this group of players have a chance to step up to the top level.

"A few of these players were at the Hibernia Cup so they know each other a little bit at this stage while others have since come in from the assessment process," said O'Brien.

"The players are learning a lot about what international football involves from being in a squad for the first time, staying in the hotel, training and eating plus analysis work which most of them are introduced to for the first time this week.

"Analysis is part of their learning and we're showing them areas that they can improve but it's not too much but information which is appropriate to their age.

"They'll get the opportunity to put into practice the thing that we've worked on with them in training and we'll see if they can take it into the game.

"There's potentially good attacking talent in this group but the challenge is to see how they step to what is likely to be their toughest game so far this year as its their first international game."

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND U15 SQUAD:

Ciaran Brennan (East End United)

Sean Brennan (Belvedere)

Harry Clarke (Cherry Orchard)

Kian Clarke (St Kevin's Boys)

Barry Coffey (Nenagh AFC)

Nathan Collins (Cherry Orchard)

Adam Idah (College Corinthians)

Jason Knight (Cabinteely)

Kameron Ledwidge (St Kevin's Boys)

Sean Mahon Brennan (Cherry Orchard)

Oisin McEntee (Malahide United)

Jamin Nwanze (St Kevin's Boys)

Adam O'Reilly (Ringmahon Rangers)

Kevin O'Reilly (Cherry Orchard)

Ray O'Sullivan (St Kevin's Boys)

Caelin Rooney Abreu (Clashmore Ramblers)

Callum Thompson (St Joseph's Boy's)

Marc Walsh (Gweedore  Celtic)

FIXTURES

Tuesday, November 24

U15 International

Republic of Ireland v Poland, Rock Celtic FC, Co Louth (7.00pm)

Thursday, November 26

U15 International

Republic of Ireland v Poland, Rock Celtic FC, Co Louth (12.00pm)