Wednesday 21 February 2018

Murphy adds two more wins

Ireland outclassed by slick Slovenians

IRELAND'S U-19 have a job on their hands to be competitive in next month's UEFA qualifiers based upon the evidence of their 3-0 defeat by Slovenia in Waterford RSC.

Apart from an early chance for Manchester United striker Sam Byrne which was saved, Ireland were utterly outplayed by a slick, if limited, Slovenia side.

Ireland's third defeat on the spin this term was inevitable once they fell behind after 14 minutes, when a foul on Bian Paul Sauperi 20 yards out allowed Dino Hotic to curl a 20-yard free-kick into the top corner despite 'keeper Shane Fagan getting a touch to the ball.

Concerted pressure from the visitors forced Slovenia's second when Bian Paul Sauperi turned on the edge of the box and chipped a shot in off the underside of the crossbar.

And it was 3-0 in the 53rd minute when Luka Zahovic, son of Slovenian legend Zlatko Zahovic, was allowed to dart along the end-line on the left before squaring for Luka Gajic to tap into the net.

Irish Independent

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