Classy Czechs claim U-18 revenge
Ireland U-18 boss Paul Doolin again bemoaned the lack of contact time with his players as they fell to defeat against Czech Republic in Whitehall yesterday.
Despite Liam Brady - brother of Ireland and Norwich City star Robbie - drawing Ireland level from the penalty spot, it was the visitors who possessed the clinical edge in the second half to exact revenge for Saturday's heavy defeat in the double-header opener.
As pointed out by Doolin, his Czech counterpart has the luxury of working frequently with the players unlike his situation where the vast majority operate in England.
It's one of the main frustrations and perhaps a contributory factor to his U-19s bombing out of the UEFA qualifiers at the preliminary stage earlier this month for the first time since 2007. After doing well to hold the Czechs scoreless for 28 minutes, Doolin's new-look side conceded through Ondrej Sasinka's delightful curler from distance.
Five minutes later, Stevenage midfielder Brady slotted home the equaliser after Kyle Finn was fouled.
After hitting the post within moments of the restart, they regained the lead on 56 minutes as Dominik Breda swept the ball beyond Chambers following a textbook right-wing cross.
Inter Milan striker Dominik Smékal displayed a clinical streak to make it 3-1, racing clear from a 64th-minute counter-attack to seal the victory
IRELAND - C Chambers (Bray); C McCarthy (Cork City), D Leahy (Coventry), S Hanney (Shamrock Rvrs), C Kane (St Patrick's Ath); C O'Keeffe (Birmingham), L Brady (Stevenage), L Donnellan (QPR); J Doona (Shamrock Rvrs), K Finn (Coventry), J Aherne (St Patrick's Ath).
Subs: D Mandroiu (Brighton & Hove Albion) for Hanney (13 mins); L Wade-Slater (Stevenage) for Donnellan (51), T Clarke (Shamrock Rovers) for Finn (56); G McDonagh (Nottingham Forest) for Aherne (56), B Payne (Celtic) for O'Keeffe (79)