Thursday 29 September 2016

U-16s outclassed again as youth concern deepens

Ireland U-16 0 Turkey U-16 2

Published 09/04/2016 | 02:30

The slick Turks stormed into a 13th-minute lead through Atalay Babacan before adding the second with 15 minutes left on the clock from Malik Karaahmet (Stock picture)
The slick Turks stormed into a 13th-minute lead through Atalay Babacan before adding the second with 15 minutes left on the clock from Malik Karaahmet (Stock picture)

If Martin O'Neill has notions of continuing as Ireland manager into his pensionable years, then casting an eye on the future may carry a health warning.

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O'Neill has already given a damning assessment of the U-21 crop and he would hardly be encouraged by the travails of the FAI teams coming behind.

Yesterday, the U-16s lost for the second time in three days against Turkey at Whitehall.

The team have yet to win a game this season and, more worryingly, have scored only twice in those five matches.

Last week, the U-17s failed to score in two of their three elite qualifiers, a stage the U-19s didn't even progress to in their UEFA qualifying series.

The slick Turks stormed into a 13th-minute lead through Atalay Babacan before adding the second with 15 minutes left on the clock from Malik Karaahmet.

IRELAND - T Murphy (St Joseph's Boys); C Lee (Belvedere), R Burke (Joseph's), D  Peppard (St Kevin's Boys), J Connolly (St Francis); J Doherty (Home Farm), R O'Farrell (Belvedere); R Manning (Mervue Utd), R Patton (Belvedere), Rowan Roache (Blackpool); C Moore (Belvedere). 

Subs: A Bolger (Joseph's) for J Connolly, A Connolly (Mervue Utd) for Patton (both 49), C Coventry (West Ham) for Manning, C Hughes (St Francis) for Roache (both 59), L Nolan (St Patrick's Ath) for Moore (76).

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