Sunday 21 January 2018

Ireland get perfect tonic ahead of U-19 qualifiers

Ireland's preparations for their UEFA U-19 Championship elite qualifying round received a boost with an impressive friendly win over Poland at Tolka Park.

Ireland took the lead three minutes before half-time when Ian McLoughlin's clearance was flicked on, Conor Hourihane looked to capitalise but defender Piotr Malarcyzk slid in and steered the ball into his own net.

Aaron Doran extended the Irish lead with a tap-in on 64 minutes from a Ronan Murray cross.

Ryan Brennan then set up Murray for a simple finish two minutes later with a low cross from the left. Ian McLoughlin's performance was blotted somewhat in the 71st minute when he spilled a cross and sub Adrian Blad poked home the loose ball.

Substitute Jamil Adam kept his composure to make it 4-1 in the 80th minute after good work by Daniel Kearns, before sub Pavel Oleksy grabbed an injury-time consolation strike for Poland.

Ireland -- McLoughlin; Towell, Timmins, Kiernan, S McEleney (Bolger 46), McBride (Brennan 46), Doran (Burke 67), Hourihane (Gunning 67), Murray (Adam 74), Henderson (Collins 87), Keohane (Kearns 63).

Poland -- Kurto; Kasak (Szalek 73), Malarcyzk (Czerwinski 83), Kaminski (Oleksy 70), Czekal, Salamon, Holota, Zyro (Blad 46), Podrygala, Mozdzen, Kucharczyk (Figiel 66).

Ref -- T Connolly (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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