Irish U17s beat Schools side in training game
Irish U17s boss Tom Mohan took a look at a number of players as he ups his preparations for the UEFA U17 Championships Elite Qualifying Round which takes place in Poland in March.
Amongst the players Mohan brought in were a pair of players born in 1999, West Ham's Anthony Scully and Olympique Lyonnais defender Mathieu Gadet.
Mohan's charges got off to a flyer when Preston midfielder Sean Whelan won a first minute penalty and that was converted by Gerry McDonagh.
The Schools international side levelled in the sixth minute when Cork City striker Conor Ellis showed great movement to find himself alone in front of goalkeeper Tom McDermott and he slotted home with aplomb.
McDermott was unfortunate to concede once more in the 22th minute when Sean McSweeney found the net at the second attempt after he got on the end of an excellent cross by Troy Carey. McDermott saved McSweeney's first effort but the striker reacted to convert the rebound.
Three minutes later Ellis showed his threat once more when he struck an upright with a shot on turn after good work by Evan Osam.
Anthony Scully was unlucky not to level in the 37th minute when he cut in from the left and hit a superb effort from edge of box which rattled the Schools crossbar.
The second half saw a host of changes and St Patrick's Athletic winger James Doona showed his quality with two goals to swing the game in the favour of Mohan's side.
Doona found the net in the 57th minute when he cut in from the left before unleashing a strike from distance which took a deflection to wrong foot the keeper and levelled matters.
In the 85th Doona produced another thumping long range strike and there was no deflection this time as the ball flew into the top corner of the Schools net.
Mohan will utilise another selection of players against Bohemians U19s at the same venue on Thursday evening while the Schools face Australia next Monday, January 26, at Whitehall (2.00pm).
"It was a good opportunity to see some players that we haven't had access to for a while so it was a very worthwhile exercise," said Mohan.
"The Schools side are a very good group and they started extremely well so it was a really good test for our side. I was pleased with plenty of things we produced but there is also a lot to think about too."
Toulouse-born Gadet, 15, qualifies for Ireland through his Donabate-born mother Catriona and speaks English with a perfect Dublin accent! He enjoyed his first experience in an Irish squad.
"It was a nice opportunity for me. I was delighted to be asked over for these few days and I know Ireland well as I've been over here many times visiting my family," said the defender.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND U17s: Tom McDermott, Robin Walsh, Conor Kane, Shane Hanney, Darragh Leahy, Anthony Scully, Sean Whelan, Leo Donnellan, Dylan Grimes, Gerry McDonagh, Conor Davis. Subs: Mathieu Gadet, Darragh Gibbons, James Doona.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND SCHOOLS: David Coffey, Tony Archibold, Evan Osam, Dan Tobin, Cian Coleman, Troy Carey, Ethan Boyle, Dylan Watts, Sean McSweeney, Daire O'Connor, Connor Ellis. Subs: Corey Chambers, Lee McCarron, Nathan Benson, Conor McCarthy, Paul Murphy, Antaine O'Laoi, Aaron Robinson, George Poynton, Darragh Markey, Oisin Hassett, Jamie Aherne, Conor Buckley, Conor Melody.