Ireland U16: Oran Crowe header earns draw in Bulgaria

Bulgaria U16s

Ireland U16: Oran Crowe header earns draw in Bulgaria

The Republic of Ireland Under-16s drew 1-1 away to Bulgaria on Thursday afternoon.
13th Sep 2018

Paul Osam's side defeated the same opposition 4-2 on Tuesday afternoon, and he made eight changes to the starting lineup.

Ireland took the lead just before the half-time break. Oran Crowe's header found the back of the net in the 39th-minute to give the side a deserved lead.

Bulgaria's Martin Smolenski scored his second goal against Ireland in as many games midway through the second-half to ensure the home side took a share of the spoils.

Speaking after the game, Under-16 Head Coach Paul Osam was pleased with what he saw from his side over both games.

"There's more positives than negatives to take from the two games. We won one and drew the other. We came away from home with a new group of players and performed very well.

"I learned a lot about the players this week. It will definitely help us with selecting the squad for the Victory Shield in Tralee in November.

Republic of Ireland: Arlo Doherty; Fionnan Coyle, Anselmo Garcia MacNulty (capt), Leigh Kavanagh, Ronan Kilkenny; Oran Crowe (Kyle Conway 73), Colin Conroy, Andrew Moran (Ben McCormack 65); Daniel Gildea (Roland Banya 73), Calum Kavanagh (Louie Barry 65), Billy Vance (Lee Harkin 58).