Hot prospect Kinsella leads way as U-18s rout Czechs
Ireland U-18 4 Czech Republic U-18 0
Steven Kinsella shone on his international comeback on Saturday at Whitehall to spearhead a resounding victory in the first of a double-header friendly.
The Everton winger has long been touted as star quality since his schoolboy days at Templeogue and his absence through injury from last summer's U-17 European Championship finals was a major blow for Ireland.
As illustrated by his display on Saturday, crowned with a brace, Kinsella possesses talent to burn.
Eight minutes before the break, Kinsella (17) was involved with Trevor Clarke in setting up Brighton youngster Daniel Mandriou to convert the opener from close range.
Kinsella doubled the lead with a delightful curler on the hour and he made it 3-0 five minutes from full-time when slotting home from six yards after Brandon Payne's shot was spilled by goalkeeper Filip Truksa into his path. Gerry McDonagh completed the hammering by nodding in Corey O'Keefe's cross.
"This was a Czech so a performance like that was very pleasing," said manager Doolin.
The nations meet again today (12 noon) at the same venue.
IRELAND - E Donnelly (Shelbourne); L Wade-Slater (Stevenage), JJ Lunney (Preston NE), D Leahy (Coventry), S Hanney (Shamrock Rovers); Corey O'Keeffe (Birmingham City), Trevor Clarke (Shamrock Rovers); S Kinsella (Everton), J Gray (Stevenage), D Mandroiu (Brighton); G McDonagh (Nottingham Forest). Subs: B Payne (Celtic) for Gray, J Doona (Shamrock Rovers) for Clarke (both 64); Leo Donnellan (QPR) for Mandroiu (80).