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Under-15 Boys Friendlies U15 International Friendly, Lomza
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Poland 0 - 0 Republic of Ireland

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REPORT: Ireland U15s draw with Poland in Lomza

THE Republic of Ireland U15 side started their international careers with a scoreless draw away to Poland in Lomza this afternoon.
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15th Nov 2016

Jason Donohue’s side faced the Poles in their first game of the season and the Irish Head Coach will be looking for his players to learn from their first taste of the youngest international level.

The Irish looked bright early on with Troy Parrott having a shot saved in the opening minutes but the Poles also threatened in the first half with Dawid Rezaejan shooting narrowly over then Bartosz Zynek firing across the face of goal.

Good play by Cian Kelly created a chance for Festy Ebosele but unfortunately his shot went wide at the far upright.

In the 57th minute Sean Kennedy did well to carve out an opportunity for himself but his strike was just over.

Conor Carty had the ball in the Polish net in the 60th minute but was flagged offside.

"We started off well but then Poland had a spell of good possession and we defended really well. We got in at half-time and tweaked a few things. When the nerves were gone we played very well in second half," said Donohue.

"It was the first game at this level for both sides so naturally there will be nervy performances. I was happy that we created chances but unfortunately couldn't score. The disallowed goal was a marginal offside call. The players afterwards were reasonably pleased with how they did but know they've something to build on for the second game now."

The sides will meet again at the same venue on Thursday (3.00pm Irish).

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Harry Halwax, Alex Dunne, James Furlong, Cian Kelly, Brandon Holt, Festy Ebosele, Ademipo Odubeko, Troy Parrott, Sean Kennedy, Timi Sobowale, Seamus Keogh. Subs: Cormac Moore for Kelly 20 mins; Josh Girugi for Ebosele 45; Conor Carty for Odubeko 54; Ronan McKinley for Keogh 66.

RESULTS & FIXTURES

U15 International Friendly

Tuesday, November 15

Poland 0-0 Republic of Ireland, Lomza

Thursday, November 17

Poland v Republic of Ireland, Lomza (3.00pm)

Ireland U15s start season with Polish test

THE Republic of Ireland U15s play their first competitive games of the season tomorrow morning when they meet Poland in Lomza (11am Irish).
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14th Nov 2016

Jason Donohue's side has settled in well at their base in northern Poland and despite the chilly weather the Irish head coach expects a productive week for his side.

"It's cold here but it won't have a huge impact on the game. We've been training here at a Division Four club and the game will be played at an excellent stadium similar to the RSC in Waterford," he said.

"The training situation has been very good and the players have responded well. We've a couple of knocks which may impact on who can play tomorrow. We've a squad of 18 and are aiming that they'll all start one of the games.

"They've trained really well and we set out to ensure everything was done at a high tempo so as to introduce the players to the high intensity football they will experience in the international game. We've worked on the four functions - attacking, defending and the transitions - and the application has been excellent."

Ireland and Poland met at U15 level last season in two excellent fixtures and Donohue anticipates similar tests this week.

"The videos we've worked on this week are focusing on how Poland played last season. The games were very open last year, two teams trying to win the games, and we expect this to be similar," he added.

"We've worked on getting the best out of our attacking talent with the likes of Ademipo Odubeko and Troy Parrott offering us pace and a goal-scoring threat."

The sides will also meet in the same location on Thursday, November 17, with kick-off at 3pm Irish.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND SQUAD:

Conor Carty (St Francis)

Enda Minogue (St Joseph’s Boys)

Alex Dunne (Belvedere)

Festy Ebosele (St Joseph’s Boys)

Jack Funge (St Kevin’s Boys)

James Furlong (St Joseph’s Boys)

Joshua Giurgi (Leixlip United)

Harry Halwax (Leixlip United)

Brandon Holt (Belvedere)

Cian Kelly (St Joseph’s Boys)

Sean Kennedy (Tralee Dynamos)

Seamus Keogh (Benbulben)

Sean McGrath (St Brendan’s Park)

Ronan McKinley (Bonagee United)

Cormac Moore (St Francis)

Troy Parrott (Belvedere)

Timi Sobowale (Villa)

Ademipo Odubeko (Manchester United)

FIXTURES

U15 International Friendly

Tuesday, November 15

Poland v Republic of Ireland, Lozma (11.00am)

Thursday, November 17

Poland v Republic of Ireland, Lozma (3.00pm)