Ireland U21s Home-based squad draw with Irish Amateurs
U21 boss Noel King took the opportunity to look at a number of players based around the country as he prepares for the forthcoming UEFA U21 Championships qualifiers which begins with a clash with Kosovo next month.
Amateur international team manager Gerry Davis was looking to run the rule over players seeking to earn a place in his UEFA Regions Cup final tournament squad who visit Turkey for the finals this summer.
In the first half chances were at a premium with defences on top and the battles in midfield were very competitive, Finn Harps Ethan Boyle looked at ease in his midfield role and was always in the thick of things for the Under 21's. Hughie O'Donovan impressed for the Amateurs and was at the heart of everything.
The Under 21's looked the more likely to score in the first half with the Amateurs failing to make an impression upfront. In the second half the Amateurs came more in to the game Shane Daly Butz showed some nice touches. Neither goalkeeper had to make any notable saves and with the weather conditions deteriorating both managers were happy to see out the game with no major injury worries.
Noel King will sit down and work on his squad for the Tallaght encounter with Kosovo while Davis will have a bit more time before he names his thirty man squad that will compete in the UEFA Regions Cup Finals in Istanbul in June.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND U21's : Kevin Horgan, Paudie O'Connor, Regan Donelan, Rory Feely, Gary Boylan, Ethan Boyle, Ben Doherty, Richie Purdy, Ronan Curtis, Conor Melody, Josh Daniels. Subs: Georgie Poynton, Darragh Noone, Alex O' Hanlon, Harry Doherty, Ryan Robinson.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AMATEURS: Mark Power, David Kiely, Sean McLoughlin, Conor Griffin, David Sweeney, Hughie O'Donovan, David Joyce, Andrew Gannon, Eoin Hayes, Chris Fox, Simon Falvey. Subs: Shane Daly Butz, Daniel Duggan, Padraig O'Connor, Chris Smith, Gary Neville, Stephen Kiely, Eoin Collins.
Amateurs international starting line-up