Unlucky Irish edged out in Holland friendly
Holland U21 1 Rep of Ire U21 0 Stephen Finn in Venlo THE Republic of Ireland's under-21 side had a man sent-off and a penalty saved as they suffered an unfortunate friendly defeat against Holland in Venlo last night.
Stephen Ward had a 31st-minute penalty stopped by Boy Waterman after the Dutch goalkeeper had taken down the Wolves striker himself.
Aston Villa's Stephen O'Halloran was dismissed late on for a second booking.
TV replays showed he did not make any contact with winger Roy Beerens, who tripped over his own feet.
The Dutch had an average age two years older than the Irish as they were preparing for this summer's UEFA Championships finals.
Robbert Schilder was unlucky not to open the scoring in first half injury time with a 30-yard effort that beat Irish keeper Darren Quigley but hit the post.
Feyenoord defender Royston Drenthe scored the game's only goal on 72 minutes when he beat Irish sub keeper Darren Randolph with a brilliant curling free-kick.
But despite the scoreline there were still plenty of positive moments for the Irish to take from the game.
HOLLAND - Waterman; Janse (Zuiverloon 46), Vlaar, Kruiswijk (Donk 46), Drenthe, Maduro, Beerens, Sno (Lens 4 mins), Rigters (Janssen 78), Schilder, Bakkal (Jong-a-Pin 46).
REP OF IRELAND - Quigley (UCD) (Randolph (Charlton) 46); Kane (Blackburn), O'Halloran (Aston Villa), O'Cearuill (Arsenal) (Keogh (Bristol C) 81), O'Dea (Celtic), Gibson (Manchester Utd), Keegan (Drogheda Utd), Quinn (Sheffield Utd), O'Brien (Celtic) (Powell (Bohemians) 83), Ward (Wolves) (Rooney (Stoke City) 72), Clarke (Ipswich).
REF - F Brych (Germany)