Tuesday 20 March 2018

Irwin shows a touch of class on U-19 debut


IRELAND’S U-19s were held to a scoreless draw by an impressive Ukraine in their opening fixture of the new season at Morton Stadium last night.

Ireland’s midfield included Bolton’s Liam Irwin, son of former Manchester United star Denis, and he had an accomplished first appearance for his country, showing the confidence in possession that was his father’s trademark as a player

Vuacheslav Churko hit the crossbar with a long-range strike on 30 minutes and Sean McDermott then produced a great save to deny Vlad Calitvintsev.

John Egan, son of the former Kerry GAA star of the same name, came close to snatching a winner on 78 minutes when he connected with a Robbie Brady corner.

IRELAND – McDermott (McCarey 46); Walker, McGinty (Osbourne 73), O’Connor, Egan, Horgan (Rafter 46), Byrne (Walsh 46), Irwin (Hendrick 65), McDonnell, McEleney (Connolly 81), Brady.

REF – N Doyle (Dublin).


TOM KING hit the only goal as Galway beat a Liverpool XI at Terryland Park, but it was the financial bounty gathered that will most please the club, an estimated profit of €60,000 meaning that wages and bills should be paid until the end of the season.

There were glimpses of Liverpool’s passing ability as Jesus Fernandez and substitute Alex Kacamiklic forced Barry Ryan to make splendid saves as Galway eked out an unexpected victory.

GALWAY UNITED – Ryan (Grant, 76); Conneely (Reilly, 18), Synott (Preston-Kelly, 80), Meynell, Walsh (McInerney, 72); King (Gartlan, 72), Foley (Kelly, 50), Curran (Shaw, 63), O'Brien (Keogh, 76); Widwitch (Molloy, 55, Flaherty, 90), K Sheppard (D Sheppard, 66).

LIVERPOOL XI – Bouzainiz; Darby (Flanagan, 58), Mayinga (Cody, 66), Ayala (Wisom, 58), Robinson; Amoo, Cooper (Kacamiklic, 46), Irwin, Ince; Fernandez, Saric (Roberts, 69).

Gormley quits Bray

EDDIE GORMLEY has resigned as manager of Bray Wanderers.

The Wicklow outfit are eight points adrift at the bottom of the Premier Division, having been launched into the top flight in the lead-up to the current season after the relegation of Cork City.

“I just feel it’s the right time to go to be fair to everybody,” he said.

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