Late goal defeats Ireland U15s in Celtic tri-nations

Late goal defeats Ireland U15s in Celtic tri-nations

Republic of Ireland U-15 ‘A’ 2-3 Northern Ireland U-15 ‘A’. John Morling’s Ireland side recovered from a two-goal deficit to draw level only to concede late on in the A match against Northern Ireland played today (Friday) in Wales. The B game ended in a 1-1 draw.
15th May 2009

Under-15 Celtic tri-nations tournament
Republic of Ireland U-15 ‘A’ 2-3 Northern Ireland U-15 ‘A’.

The Republic of Ireland Under-15 side were unlucky to lose their opening game of the Celtic tri-nations tournament today (Friday) at the University of Glamorgan when Northern Ireland struck a late winner.

Ireland were guilty of spurning some good chances through Carol Tiofack and Conor Byrne before Northern Ireland opened the scoring on 24 minutes when Douglas Wilson finished well.

John Morling’s Irish side continued to create opportunities with Kenny McEvoy and Darren O’Donoghue testing goalkeeper Gareth Deane but they were caught on the counter-attack eight minutes before half-time as Aaron Rogan got in to make it 2-0.

Ireland emerged in the as a stronger unit in the second half and deservedly pulled a goal back eight minutes in after Kieran Sadlier of West Ham United marked his International debut with a cool finish.

The dominance enjoyed by Ireland was reflected in the series of attempts on goal they carved out and though Bradley Garmston was denied by the upright, Kenny McEvoty made no mistake in supplying the equaliser on 69 minutes.

But two minutes later, Northern Ireland regained the lead as Shay McCartan scored to seal victory.

In the other game played today, the Republic of Ireland B side played out a 1-1 draw against Northern Ireland. Substitute Darragh Lenihan’s grabbed Ireland’s equaliser in the last minute.

During a first half where there was little goalmouth incident, Ryan Coombes was closest to scoring for Ireland when he picked up a great position in the box but mis-controlled the pass and the defence got back to clear.

Northern Ireland took the lead 13 minutes from time as Luke Conlon was afforded too much room to fire home but the Irish showed plenty of character to retrieve the situation.

Jack Doherty and Jamie McGlynn conjured efforts on goal but substitute Darragh Lenihan popped up on the stroke of the full-time with the equaliser, storming through on goal from midfield before slotting the ball home after his first shot was parried by the ‘keeper. 

Republic of Ireland A:
Ian Lawlor - Home Farm
Jamie Smith - Cherry Orchard
Shane Griffin - Carrigaline United
Darragh Murphy - Innishvilla FC
Conor Byrne - Kiltimagh/Knock United
Darren O'Donoghue - St. Francis
Drew Armstrong - St. Joseph’s Boys
Kenneth McEvoy - Villa
Carel Tiofack - Ballincollig AFC
Bradley Garmston - West Bromwich Albion
Kieron Sadlier - West Ham
Substitutions:
Jason Keane – Bohemians for O’Donoghue (h/t)
Kealan Dillion - Belvedere FC for Byrne (53 mins)
Stephen Smith – Arsenal for Murphy (53 mins)
Michael Drennan – Evergreen for Tiofack (53 mins)
Eoin Hyland - Belvedere FC for Armstrong (73 mins)
Brandon Miele - Cherry Orchard for McEvoy (73 mins)

Republic of Ireland B:
Lee Brandon - Belvedere FC
Pierce Sweeney - Belvedere FC
Joseph O'Brien - Salthill Devon
John McKeown - Belvedere FC
David Graydon - St.Kevins Boys
Ryan Coombes - Cherry Orchard
Robert Lehane - Douglas Hall
Colm Begley - St. Joseph’s Boys
Nathan Matthews - St. Joseph’s Boys
Jack Doherty - Bohemians
Adam Evans - Belvedere FC
Substitutions:
Jamie McGlynn - Home Farm for Lehane (49 mins)
John Kavanagh - Ringmahon Rangers for Matthews (58 mins)
Darragh Lenihan - Belvedere FC for Coombes (58 mins)
Ryan Matthews - Belvedere FC for Pierce (63 mins)

Under-15 Celtic tri-nations tournament
All games played at University of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Wales

Friday, May 15
Republic of Ireland ‘A’ 2-3 Northern Ireland ‘A’ (12.00 pm)
Republic of Ireland ‘B’ 1-1 Northern Ireland ‘B’ (2.00 pm)

Saturday, May 16
Republic of Ireland ‘A’ v Wales ‘A’ (2pm)
Republic of Ireland ‘B’ v Wales ‘B’ (4pm).