Second half goals overcome Amateurs

Second half goals overcome Amateurs

Ireland's Development Squad overcome the Amateurs ...
21st May 2010


Republic of Ireland Development Squad 2-0 Republic of Ireland Amateurs


The Republic of Ireland were made to wait until the second half of Friday's training match at Gannon Park, Malahide to grab the goals which saw a battling Irish Amateur side.


Cillian Sheridan and Paul McShane did manage to hit the net and secure a result for Giovanni Trapattoni's men, just three days after they beat the Irish Under-23 side 1-0 in a similar challenge match at the North Dublin venue.


Ten minutes before half-time, Ireland defender Shane Duffy's collided with amateur goalkeeper Adrian Walsh and required medical attention before being taken by ambulance to hospital as a precautionary measure.


The opener arrived 56 minutes when Celtic striker Cillian Sheridan managed to bundle the ball over the line via a deflection after being room inside the box.

Five minutes later, it was 2-0 when a corner from Liam Lawrence was planted to the net by the head of captain McShane.

Earlier in the contest, David Lacey and Ross Carrig could have had the Amateurs ahead while, as the game drew to a close, Darren O'Dea should have added another goal for Ireland only to misdirect his header in a good position.


Republic of Ireland: J Murphy (Scunthorpe); McShane (Hull City), Duffy (Everton), O'Dea (Celtic), Cunningham (Manchester City); Lawrence (Stoke City), Foley (Wolves), Green (Derby County), Long (Reading); Sheridan (Celtic), Best (Newcastle United). Subs: Fahey for Duffy (38 mins), B Murphy (Ipswich Town) for Murphy and Stokes (Hibernian) for best (half-time).

Republic of Ireland Amateurs: Walsh; Dillon, Walsh, Carrig, Hoey; Lacey, Dunne, Loughran, Murphy; Kelly, Keogh. Subs: O'Connell for Walsh and O'Sullivan for Loughran (half-time), Whelahan for Keogh, Sherlock for Walsh and Hanrahan for Murphy (56 mins), Kennedy for Lacey and Mulleady for Dillon (66 mins), Lee for Dunne (75 mins).

Referee : D McKeon (Dublin).