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Under-15 Boys Friendlies U15 International Friendly, Lomza
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Poland 2 - 1 Republic of Ireland

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REPORT: Ireland U15s go down to narrow defeat in Poland

THE Republic of Ireland U15 side went down to a 2-1 defeat by Poland in their second international friendly in Lomza this afternoon.
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17th Nov 2016

Jason Donohue’s side led 1-0 at the break but were undone by the concession of two goals early in the second half.

Poland had an early chance when Michal Rakoczy fired narrowly wide in the third minute but Ireland grabbed the lead in the 10th minute when Conor Carty found the net with a looping header from a Ronan McKinley corner.

Irish keeper Enda Minogue did brilliantly to deny Kamil Duskiewicz two minutes later after the Polish attacker was sent through on goal.

Poland drew level in the 45th minute when Filip Szymczak fired home from the penalty spot after Seamus Keogh was penalised for a challenge in the Irish box.

Szymczak put the home side ahead in the 52nd minute when he header to the net following a Polish corner. Troy Parrott rattled the woodwork midway through the second half.

Ireland’s best chance to level came with two minutes left when a free-kick by McKinley was pushed wide by the keeper and the Irish failed to capitalise on the resulting corner.

Irish head coach Jason Donohue paid tribute to the work his players and staff had put in for these two friendly games, which are the first for the this group of players on the international stage.

“There was a controversial penalty then scored from a set-piece but outside of that we dominated. We had our game plan, went ahead, they hit couldn’t break us down then a poor six minutes cost us," he said.

“We were really happy with the players. They showed great improvement from Tuesday and were very confident in possession. They showed no nerves and had Poland on the back foot for the majority of the game. The Polish coach was very complimentary about our performance afterwards.

“Unfortunately Jack Funge didn't quite recover from his injury but we've got the chance to see 17 of the 18 in the games this week so that's very positive. There'll be more opportunities in the future.

“I really want to give a big thank you to all the staff. The work that has been put in was tremendous in our first game together, the players had a really good experience and the staff were very strong part of it."

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Enda Minogue, James Furlong, Brandon Holt, Cormac Moore, Troy Parrott, Sean McGrath, Josh Girugi, Timi Sobowaile, Conor Carty, Ronan McKinley, Seamus Keogh. Subs: Ademipo Odubeko for Carty 48 mins; Sean Kennedy for McGrath 48; Alex Dunne for Holt 62; Festy Ebosele for Girugi 72.

Ireland U15s ready for second Polish challenge

THE Republic of Ireland U15 side face Poland in their second international of the season at Lomza tomorrow afternoon (3pm) looking to build on yesterday's drawn encounter between the sides.
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16th Nov 2016

Head Coach Jason Donohue has been pleased with how the Irish youngsters have reviewed their own performances in yesterday's 0-0 draw and is looking for them to build on that tomorrow.

“When we looked back on the game we were of the opinion that we had played very well in the second half. Their keeper made one very good save. It was a good performance," said Donohue.

"The lads looked back on aspects of the game in their units - attackers, midfielders and defenders. It was very a very good exercise and you can see that the players know quite a lot which was probably more than we expected at their age.

“Our feeling is that we need to be a little more compact and a bit more comfortable on the ball in midfield and maybe we moved the ball a little too slowly and the opposition tried to set traps for us. We’ve worked on that today so we’re looking forward to seeing how they respond.

"We let them rest after the game and did two recovery sessions today. We’ll make changes so that those who didn’t start first game. We’ve given extensive treatment to Cian Kelly and Jack Funge trying to get them ready. The medical team are working really hard to have them available."

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)