Poles deny Irish young guns
Ireland U-15 1 Poland U-15 2
Poland struck a second-half winner last night to condemn Ireland's U-15s to defeat on their first outing of the season.
At the home of Rock Celtic in Dundalk, Everton winger Pawel Zuk caught the Irish defence off-guard from a corner on 53 minutes by sweeping home with a first-time shot past Kian Clarke.
Colin O'Brien's side has started the game well, deservedly forging ahead on 13 minutes through Sean Brennan.
The Belvedere midfielder connected with a left-wing centre from Callum Thompson to beat Polish goalkeeper Piotr Zalewski with a low left-foot drive.
Four minutes later and the visitors were level. There appeared little danger when Oskar Nowak controlled the ball 25 yards out on the right but his snapshot deceived Clarke and bounced into the far corner.
Despite falling behind, the home side had their chances to secure a draw. Brennan headed over following Kameron Ledwidge's cross whilst Adam Idah was inches from bundling the ball over the line when Zalewski spilled an effort into his path.
The two sides meet again tomorrow at the same venue (12 noon). Having made just two substitutions last night, O'Brien is expected to change to make a number of changes for the rematch.
IRELAND - K Clarke (St Kevin's Boys); J Nwanze (St Kevin's Boys), N Collins (Cherry Orchard), R O'Sullivan (St Kevin's Boys), K Ledwidge (St Kevin's Boys); J Knight (Cabinteely), SA Brennan (Belvedere), B Coffey (Nenagh AFC); C Rooney (Clashmore Rovers), A Idah (College Corinthians), C Thompson (St Joseph's Boys).
Subs: M Walsh (Gweedore Celtic) for Rooney (41 mins), S Mahon-Brennan (Cherry Orchard) for Coffey (75 mins).