Netherlands 1 - 1 Republic of Ireland | 2017 - Under 15 Friendlies | 999943324

Under-15 Boys Friendlies U15 International Friendly | DVS' 33 Ermelo, Sportlaan 27, 3851 CA Ermelo
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Netherlands 1 - 1 Republic of Ireland

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Ireland U15s draw with Netherlands in friendly

The Republic of Ireland U15 side bounced back from their disappointing loss to the Netherlands on Tuesday by drawing 1-1 with the Dutch in the second friendly of their double-header at DVS’33 Ermelo this afternoon.
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2nd Feb 2017

Manchester United youngster Ayodeji Sotona put the Irish in front very early on and although the Dutch levelled with a fortunate first half equaliser, Irish coach Jason Donohue was pleased with the overall display his young side produced.

Ireland took the lead in the fifth minute when Troy Parrott made a powerful run down the right wing and sent the ball across goal for Dublin-born Sotona to slot home from 10 yards out.

Irish keeper Aaron Davis made a decent save to keep out a Dutch header in the 15th minute before the Netherlands levelled in the 17th minute with a fortunate effort that saw a right wing cross end up in the Irish net via the opposite upright.

Cian Leavy had a chance to restore Ireland’s lead in the 37th minute after connecting with a cut back from Parrott but a defender cleared off the line.

Parrott has a shot over in the 45th minute then had a headed effort just off target in the 59th minute as Ireland pushed to extend their lead.

Davis made a decent save in a one on one situation in the 70th minute then the home side had a player sent off for a foul on Ireland substitute Festy Ebosele with nine minutes left.

Parrott almost snatched a victory for the Irish in injury-time but the Dutch keeper made a decent save.

“We reflected on the first game and spoke about not making the same basic defensive errors so we defended a little deeper.

“After we took the lead, it was tight enough and they equalised. After that were unlucky not to go ahead again. When we looked back on Tuesday we weren’t actually that bad but you can’t get away with the errors we made.

“We created more chances in the first game but we looked a stronger unit in the second game and overall I feel we met our objectives here this week. We’ll look forward to our next fixtures against the Czech Republic in April.”

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Aaron Davis, Seamus Keogh, Cian Kelly, Sean McEvoy, Jack Funge, Cian Leavy, Joe Hodge, Sean Kennedy, Brandon Holt, Troy Parrott, Ayodeji Sotona.

Subs: Conor Carthy for Leavy 41 mins; Matthew Healy for Sotana 41; Festy Ebosele, for Kennedy 65; Timi Sobowale for McEvoy 73. Unused: Harry Halwax, James Furlong, Armstrong Okoflex.

FIXTURES

U15 International Friendly

Tuesday, January 31

Netherlands 5-1 Republic of Ireland, DVS’33 Ermelo

Thursday, February 2

Netherlands 1-1 Republic of Ireland, DVS’33 Ermelo

Ireland U15s look to learn from Dutch defeat

THE Republic of Ireland U15 side go into their second meeting of an international double-header with the Netherlands tomorrow looking to learn from a 5-1 loss to the hosts on Tuesday.
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1st Feb 2017

Jason Donohue’s side know they must improve in a number of areas to bounce back from an error-strewn loss at DVS’33 Ermelo when the sides meet again at the same venue.

Poor decision-making by the Irish youngsters was ruthlessly punished by the highly regarded Dutch outfit but Donohue believes his players can learn from the experience.

“There's no other way of putting it other than saying that all of the goals conceded were disappointing. The number of errors made in one game was enough to cover a whole season let alone one fixture," he said.

“The Netherlands were better than us on the day and that's fair comment but we missed a lot of glorious chances to get back in the game. We conceded a penalty just before half-time to go 3-1 and some of the missed opportunities we passed up on early in the second half could have brought us level.

“There was a lot of learning from that game. The Dutch had ten players from Ajax who’ve grown up together so that’s to their advantage but ultimately there were a lot of basic errors.

“The players looked at the video - we gave them the opportunity to identify the problems and facilitate them coming up with the answers because that's the environment we're trying to create with the group.

“We’ll compete tomorrow and we'll go again. We’ll learn from this. They’ve had the opportunity to see the level they have to reach in international football now and we'll be hopeful that they'll respond in the right manner."