U-16s outclassed again as youth concern deepens
Ireland U-16 0 Turkey U-16 2
If Martin O'Neill has notions of continuing as Ireland manager into his pensionable years, then casting an eye on the future may carry a health warning.
O'Neill has already given a damning assessment of the U-21 crop and he would hardly be encouraged by the travails of the FAI teams coming behind.
Yesterday, the U-16s lost for the second time in three days against Turkey at Whitehall.
The team have yet to win a game this season and, more worryingly, have scored only twice in those five matches.
Last week, the U-17s failed to score in two of their three elite qualifiers, a stage the U-19s didn't even progress to in their UEFA qualifying series.
The slick Turks stormed into a 13th-minute lead through Atalay Babacan before adding the second with 15 minutes left on the clock from Malik Karaahmet.
IRELAND - T Murphy (St Joseph's Boys); C Lee (Belvedere), R Burke (Joseph's), D Peppard (St Kevin's Boys), J Connolly (St Francis); J Doherty (Home Farm), R O'Farrell (Belvedere); R Manning (Mervue Utd), R Patton (Belvedere), Rowan Roache (Blackpool); C Moore (Belvedere).
Subs: A Bolger (Joseph's) for J Connolly, A Connolly (Mervue Utd) for Patton (both 49), C Coventry (West Ham) for Manning, C Hughes (St Francis) for Roache (both 59), L Nolan (St Patrick's Ath) for Moore (76).