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U18s claim big Belgian scalp


Tyriek Wright

Tyriek Wright

Tyriek Wright

Ireland Under-18s secured an impressive 2-1 win over Belgium in the opening game of a four-team Invitational Tournament in Murcia, Spain yesterday.

Captain Barry Coffey gave Jim Crawford's side an early lead in the Pinatar Arena when his shot defeated Belgian goalkeeper Maxime Delanghe.

In the first of two penalties, Laurens Symons scored for the Belgians of the half-hour to ensure the teams went into the break level.

After the break, Tyriek Wright scored from the spot beating Delanghe to ensure Crawford's side won.

Speaking after the win, Under-18 head coach Crawford said his side were full value for the win.

"We created plenty of chances and defended really well. The players done themselves and their country proud, with a performance against one of Europe's best.

"Our first half performance was so good, I was disappointed we didn't go into the break in the lead. In the second half, we held on to the lead. The boys defended fantastically."

The team returns to action tomorrow afternoon against England.

Meanwhile, Ireland U16s are hoping for a successful Victory Shield title defence in today's final match against Scotland at Tralee Dynamoes ground.

Paul Osam's side need to win their final match of the tournament and hope Northern Ireland fail to win against Wales to claim their third successive Victory Shield title.