Thursday 22 February 2018

Ireland's classy young guns retain Victory Shield with win over Scotland

Scotland 0 Ireland 2

Ireland's Matt Everitt
Ireland's Matt Everitt

Ireland's Under-16s have retained the Victory Shield after beating Scotland 2-0 in Bangor.

Matt Everitt and Armstrong Oko-Flex were on target for Paul Osam's side, who secured seven points from three games to seal the title.

Everitt's goal came in the 39th-minute, after he was first to react to a Troy Parrott shot that was saved by Scotland goalkeeper Harry Stone. Everitt headed home after Parrott's shot hit the post to score just before the break.

In an entertaining second-half, the win was assured in the 65th-minute by Oko-Flex. Running in from the left-wing, he exchanged a pass with Everitt, before rolling the ball into the Scottish net from the edge of the box.

"We had some targets to hit before the tournament," said Osamn.

"One of those goals was to have three clean sheets. Keeping clean sheets always gives you a chance and we kept two in three games, which was the bedrock for us winning the tournament.

"We had a game plan today. Scotland are a very good side and we had to be solid defensively. The players sticked to the plan brilliantly. The whole game plan came together really well.

"I think there is still huge improvement in this group. We built on a little bit of structure and the results are there to be seen. The future is quite good for this team."

Ireland: Jimmy Corcoran; Alex Dunne, Conor Power, Cian Kelly, James Furlong; Brandon Holt, Matt Healy (Ronan McKinley 74); Sean Kennedy (Festy Ebosele 41), Troy Parrott, Armstrong Oko-Flex; Matt Everitt.

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