Monday 20 January 2020

Walsh hits spot for Ireland


TWO sweetly-struck penalties from skipper James Walsh and a brilliant Keith Dunne strike earned Ireland an opening-day success in the international quadrangular tournament in Limerick.

The hosts had to weather some early Scottish pressure, but took the lead in the 20th minute when Keith Dunne was taken down inside the penalty box. St Michael's defender Walsh converted the spot-kick.

The goal lifted Ireland and they doubled their lead through Dunne just before half-time.

Ireland's victory was secured when goalkeeper Alan Fleming took down Clarke in the 65th minute and Walsh showed lots of composure to ram the ball past the Scots 'keeper and set the Juniors up nicely for this afternoon's second game against the Isle of Man at Janesboro (2.0).

Manager Gerry Smith: "It's a great start and I'm really happy with the result, but they were very good, and early on, it didn't look as if it would be 3-0. Adrian Walsh did brilliantly with his two saves and they were really vital to this success. But all you get is three points. We'll gather ourselves and prepare for the Isle of Man."

REP IRELAND – A Walsh; J Walsh, McCabe, Dunne, Clarke, Dunne, Dillon, Higgins, Breen, Tierney, Waters. Subs: Meleady, Byrne, Gallagher, McCrann, Townley, Conroy, Mooney, Murphy, Hoban.

REF – A Cowen (Manx FA)

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