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Sweeney fluffs lines for experimental U-21s

Ireland U-21s 1 English Conference 2

Published 02/06/2015 | 02:30

Noel King's experimental Ireland U21 side beaten narrowly by English Conference representative side
Noel King's experimental Ireland U21 side beaten narrowly by English Conference representative side

Ireland's U-21s began this week's English double-header by losing narrowly to a Conference representative side in Galway.

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Noel King's experimental line-up conceded twice midway through the second half, with Sean Maguire's reply eight minutes from time proving a mere consolation.

It shouldn't have been as fellow substitute Pierce Sweeney somehow headed the ball over from under the England crossbar in the final minute.

"It would have been nice to get a draw but this was more about getting a physical test for the players," said King, who will lose his three League of Ireland players for Friday's friendly against Gareth Southgate's Euro-bound charges.

Ireland U-21 - E Grimes (Leeds); S Long (Reading), S Hoare (St Pat's Athletic), S Griffin (Reading), L Desmond (St Pat's Athletic); Rea (Brighton), A Browne (Preston NE); S Goodwin (Brighton), C O'Dowda (Oxford), B Garmston (West Brom); C Wilkinson (Bolton Wanderers).

Subs: L Bossin (RSC Anderlecht) for Grimes, K Callan-McFadden (Norwich City) for Griffin, J Kavanagh (Cork City) for Goodwin, S Maguire (West Ham) for Wilkinson, S Kavanagh (Fulham) for Garmston (all 46 mins), J Connors (Dagenham & Redbridge) for O'Dowda (72), P Sweeney (Reading) for Hoare (76).

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