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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Thompson at the double to seal Victory Shield glory

Republic of Ireland U-16s manager Paul Osam:
Republic of Ireland U-16s manager Paul Osam: "Looking at the tournament as a whole, I’m very pleased." Photo: Sportsfile

The Republic of Ireland U-16s won the prestigious Victory Shield competition for the first time after an impressive 3-0 win over hosts Scotland in Edinburgh yesterday.

Paul Osam's side produced an energetic second-half display to take control of the game and an Adam Idah finish was followed up by a Callum Thompson double to seal the win.

The first half was a tense affair with plenty of endeavour but little by the way of early chances.

Ireland's first major attempt on goal came in the 33rd minute when Sean Brennan played a one-two with Barry Coffey and then produced a strike from 25 yards that Scottish 'keeper Archie Mair did well to push wide.

The Irish took the lead in the 53rd minute when Idah raced onto a ball over the top from Knight then showed tremendous composure to round Mair and poke into the empty net.

Ireland went two up just under a minute later when Thompson burst in from the right and fired home from an acute angle.

Scotland hit the crossbar in the 61st minute when a cross from the right flew over the Irish defence but less than a minute later Thompson grabbed his second goal when he led a counter-attack and slotted home.

"Scotland were the best team we played here. We knew they would be and they have really good players who spend a lot of time together as their set-up has them in school together," said Osam.

"Despite all their possession they didn't really hurt us and didn't really create many chances. After defending well in the first half we got three excellent goals.

"Looking at the tournament as a whole, I'm very pleased. We conceded just one goal in extra-time against Northern Ireland and scored nine goals which was excellent from everybody involved."

Irish Independent

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