Captain Kameron double helps Ireland U15s to Polish victory
Republic of Ireland 3 Poland 1
Two goals from Captain Kameron Ledwidge and a third from winger Marc Walsh helped Ireland to this comeback win over Poland in Dundalk on Thursday afternoon.
Ledwidge scored twice in two minutes around the hour mark before Walsh added a brilliant third to seal the win with six minutes remaining.
Poland, having beaten Ireland 2-1 on Tuesday, took the lead in the 12th minute through Bartosz Marchewka, after Ireland goalkeeper Harry Clarke’s kick was robbed by Oskar Nowak.
Nowak’s pass found Marchewka on the edge of box and he applied the finishing touch.
Poland’s superior size and strength meant Ireland created little in the opening period, but the introduction of Sean Brennan and Caelin Rooney at half-time gave Ireland more spark after the break.
Colin O’Brien’s team were perhaps a little fortunate to be awarded the free kick that led to the equaliser.
Polish ‘keeper Kamil Bielikow was punished for carrying the ball outside his box while taking a kick out, it looked harsh but Ireland didn’t care and centre-back Ledwidge stepped up to hammer Sean Mahon’s set-up into the net after an hour.
Two minutes later, Ireland were ahead and this time there was no doubt about the referee’s decision.
The tricky Marc Walsh was bundled over in the box by Marcin Wisniewski and Ledwidge converted the penalty despite the best efforts of the Polish stopper.
And they put their win beyond doubt in the 74th minute with the goal of the game after a brilliantly quick counter attack.
Brennan’s perfect pass sent Walsh racing through, he steadied himself, improved his angle and smashed his shot into the far top corner with the help of the angle of post and crossbar.
Republic of Ireland – Harry Clarke; Ray O’Sullivan, Oisin McEntee, Kameron Ledwidge, Kevin O’Reilly; Callum Thompson (Caelin Rooney, 41), Sean Mahon (Jason Knight, 76), Adam O’Reilly, Barry Coffey (Sean Brennan, 41), Marc Walsh; Tony Mambouana (Adam Idah, 61)