Sunday 19 May 2019

U-17s suffer third loss in a row

Rep of ireland U-17 1 Germany u-17 4

Matt Everitt. Photo: Sportsfile
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It was a chastening experience for Ireland's U-17s internationals yesterday as Germany inflicted a third defeat in a row on Colin O'Brien's side at Tallaght Stadium.

Leading at the break thanks to Tim Lemperle's fourth-minute goal, Germany nearly conceded an equaliser through a Ronan McKinley effort which clipped the post.

They added two more midway in the second half when Marvin Weiss and Kerim Calhanoglu (penalty) netted.

A header from Matt Everitt reduced the arrears but Marton Dardai made it 10 goals conceded in three games for the Boys in Green.

"The few things that we need to eradicate over the next few months are all very fixable," insisted O'Brien afterwards.

"The players have learned about the fine margins at this level. We need to be more clinical."

Ireland have a couple of more friendlies arranged just before they host the U-17 European Championships in May.

These defeats to England, Czech Republic and Germany have supplied an insight into the standard they can expect to meet.

IRELAND - J Corcoran (Preston NE); T Considine (Bohemians), L Turner (Aberdeen), T Sobowale (Manchester City), S Keogh (Southampton); R McKinley (Derry City), B Holt (St Patrick's Ath), J Hodge (Manchester City); M Everitt (Brighton & Hove Albion), F Ebosele (Derby County); C Carty (Wolves). Subs: S Kennedy (Southampton) for McKinley (71 mins).

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