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Under-15 Boys Friendlies U15 International Friendly | Cahir Park AFC, Tipperary
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Republic of Ireland 3 - 1 Czech Republic

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VIDEO: Ireland U15s record second victory over Czechs

THE Republic of Ireland U15 side recorded back to back victories over the Czech Republic to finish their international season on a high as they ran out 3-1 winners at Cahir Park AFC in Co Tipperary today.
U15 v Czechs Game 2.JPG
13th Apr 2016

Colin O'Brien's side produced a competitive display to follow up on a 5-2 victory over the same opponents two days earlier.

The Irish side got off to a solid start with wide-men Marc Walsh and Callum Thompson catching the eye. The home side should have taken the lead in the ninth minute when Seanie Mahon curled over brilliantly but defender Hakeem Ryan was unfortunate to see his effort bounce back away from goal from a matter of yards out.

Ireland's disappointment at that missed chance was eased less than 60 seconds later as they regained possession and Ciaran Brennan burst past the visiting defence to fire home brilliantly from the edge of the box.

The impressive Matyáš Kozák was again the Czech side's key danger in attack and in the 17th minute he got through on the left only to be denied at close range by Irish keeper Sam O'Gorman.

O'Gorman could do little to deny the Czechs an equaliser in the 29th minute when Vít Kolář found the net with a thumping free-kick from 25 yards out.

Four minutes before the break Ireland had a chance to regain the lead when Sean Brennan found namesake Ciaran Brennan with a low cross from the left  but keeper Kvído Formánek did enough to keep out the poked finish,

In the 47th minute Ireland were handed a golden opportunity to extend their lead when Tomáš Vincour was penalised for a foul on Ciaran Brennan after Formánek had initially denied the striker. After the dust settled Ciaran Brennan stepped up to fire home from the penalty spot.

The drama dropped off a little after that but Ireland added a third in the 84th minute when Callum Thompson curled home brilliantly from a free-kick from 25 yards.


REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Sam O'Gorman, Jamin Nwanze , Kevin O'Reilly , Oisin McEntee , Hakeem Ryan , Jason Knight, Seanie Mahon, Sean Brennan, Marc Walsh, Ciaran Brennan, Callum Thompson. Subs: Barry Coffey for S Brennan 60 mins; Kameron Ledwidge for Ryan 60; Adam O'Reilly for Mahon 69; Adam Idah for C Brennan 73; Tyriek Wright for Walsh 73; Max Murphy for Nwanze 77.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Kvído Formánek, Simon Zalud, Michael Kavín, Tomáš Vincour, Šimon Gabriel, Petr Pudhorocký , Felix Cejka, Vít Kolář, Marek Kejř, Daniel Lojín, Matyáš Kozák. Subs: Jan Vokřínek for Kejř 40; Marek Kostka for Kozák 60; Ondřej Hapal for Pudhorocký 69.


U15 Friendly Internationals

Monday, April 11

Republic of Ireland 5-2 Czech Republic, Clonmel Celtic FC

Wednesday, April 13

Republic of Ireland 3-1 Czech Republic, Cahir Park AFC 

Ireland U15s set for second meeting with Czechs

THE Republic of Ireland U15 side will face the Czech Republic in the second of two international friendly matches this week when the sides meet at Cahir Park AFC in Co Tipperary tomorrow (12.00pm).
Ireland U15s v Czech Rep.JPG
12th Apr 2016

Colin O’Brien’s side produced an impressive display in a 5-2 victory when the sides met on Tuesday and the Irish boss admits to being very pleased with the quality of his side’s attacking display.

“It was great. I’m delighted for the players. From day one this season they’ve created lots of opportunities in games and have competed in every game,” he said.

“No so-called superior nation that they’ve played this season has been over them. They came off the pitch each time realising that. They’ve threatened to score goals in every match and this time they finished off some good opportunities and I’m pleased for them.

“I feel that there are exciting players in this age group but I also believe that’s the case with the other age groups I’ve worked with. Maybe there is doom and gloom in some quarters but it’s just people’s opinions – we know how we’re educating the players and we feel that they’re getting their minds opened to how we want them to play.

“A lot of people won’t see the work that’s done off the pitch. They’ve been a credit to their clubs and the centre of excellence that they worked in. From team meetings, to acting in the hotel, their routine for the week with us. People don’t see that.

“They’re a smashing bunch of lads. I’ve seen some great players in recent years and they just need to be put into an environment where they can continue to develop. Hopefully these players can continue that process now with the U16s.”

The attacking play was a testament to the quality in this group with Adam Idah and Sean Brennan each scoring twice in Clonmel on Monday with Seanie Mahon adding the fifth.

O’Brien feels that over the course of the campaign this crop of young players has made great strides as a group.

“We’ve worked very hard all through the year with the four team functions – attack, defence and the transitions – and that’s what we look for when we play. They learn through practical work on the pitch, some visual stuff, they’ve been excellent with that all season.

“The game on Wednesday is another opportunity for the other players to start. We’ve worked this week on pressing and the high intensity work. You could see in the last few minutes of the game players were beginning to tire as energy levels dropped but for 75 per cent of the game they carried out the game plan very well.

“We’ll have the lads prepared for the second game. A lot of countries underestimate us but now the Czechs will be coming at us on the front foot tomorrow and our lads will have to be ready for that.”


Adam Idah (Corinthians Boys)

Tyriek Wright (Lakewood)

Adam O'Reilly (Ringmahon Rangers)

Sean Brennan (Belvedere)

Jason Knight (Cabinteely)

Nathan Collins (Cherry Orchard)

Kevin O'Reilly (Cherry Orchard)

Seanie Mahon (Cherry Orchard)

Oisin McEntee (Malahide United)

Callum Thompson (St Joseph's Boys)

Max Murphy (St Joseph's Boys)

Kian Clarke (St Kevin's Boys)

Jamin Nwanze (St Kevin's Boys)

Kameron Ledwidge (St Kevin's Boys)

Ray O'Sullivan (St Kevin's Boys)

Marc Walsh (Gweedore Celtic)

Sam O'Gorman (Mervue United)

Hakeem Ryan (Mervue United)

Ciaran Brennan (East End Utd)

Barry Coffey (Nenagh AFC)


U15 Friendly Internationals

Monday, April 11

Republic of Ireland 5-2 Czech Republic, Clonmel Celtic FC

Wednesday, April 13

Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic, Cahir Park AFC (12.00pm)