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Daly delivers killer blow as FAI Amateurs see off FAI Under 20s at Whitehall

FAI AMATEURS……..1 FAI UNDER 20S……..0

WITH just one training session under their belt, the FAI Amateurs produced a performance of character and no little amount of promise as they saw off the FAI Under 20s in a friendly representative international at Whitehall. 

In a game of high tempo which saw the FAI Under 20s edge the possession stakes, it was the FAI Amateurs who claimed the bragging rights thanks to Glen Daly’s 37th minute header finishing off an excellent corner delivery from Luke Casey. 

By EAMON SCOTT

Sam Burgess looked lively for Gerry Davis’ FAi Amateurs but it was defensively that this success was built upon. Jack McMullen playing on his own home ground alongside Malahide United’s Glen Daly formed an excellent pairing while Adam Crowley and John Barry stuck to their task throughout the game. 

The Under 20s showed plenty of technical ability  and carved out an excellent opportunity inside 10 minutes to grab the lead when Dylan Duffy intercepted a misplaced pass. He fed Tom Cannon but the Everton man’s cross was cleared with Kian Leavy well placed to finish to the net and the chance was lost. 

ADAM CROWLEY OF THE FAI AMATEURS CLEARS UNDER PRESSURE FROM KIAN LEAVY OF THE FAI U20S

Eoin Hayes of Newmarket Celtic covered a lot of ground as did Killester Donnycarney’s Stephen Chambers and Sam Burgess for the FAI Amateurs, but it was defender Daly who timed his run to the back post to head past David Odumosu for what proved to be the only goal of the game seven minutes before the break. 

There were wholesale changes as both head coaches looked to run the rule over their extended squad and while it disrupted the cohesiveness of the play, the tempo never relented with the FAI Under 20s seeing lots of possession, but they struggled to break down a resolute amateurs side. 

GOAL: GLEN DALY IS CONGRATULATED BY SAM BURGESS, LEFT, AND JACK MCMULLEN, ON RIGHT. PIC: EAMON SCOTT

UCD’s Dylan Duffy almost equalised late on for Jim Crawford’s side but saw his shot cannon off the post and away to safety. The Under 20s also had a couple of set piece freekicks from close in but credit the FAI Amateurs for their determination to keep their opponents at bay and they repulsed all that was thrown at them to claim a hard fought win on the night. 

Gerry Davis was delighted with the character and resilience displayed by the squad so early into the season but was realistic in his assessment that no one is getting carried away on the back of one result and that there is lots of work ahead. 

Still from a morale point of view, it’s a positive  start as the squad continues their build up to the UEFA Regions Group qualifier in October which will be hosted by Bulgaria along with sides from Romania and San Marino. 

IRELAND AMATEURS (REGION 1): Brendan O’Connell (Gary Cunningham 45); Adam Crowley (Cillian Thompson 79), Jack McMullen, Glen Daly, Sam Burgess (Eoin Murphy 57); Stephen Chambers (Nathan Broderick 57), AJ O’Connor (Aaron Humpreys 57), Jimmy Carr (Sean Rodgers 69), Luke Casey, Eoin Hayes, Lee McColgan

IRELAND U-20: David Odumosu (David Harrington 46); Timi Sobowale, Connor O’Riordan (Zak Delaney 46), Nico Jones (Joe Hodge 58), James Furlong; Ciaran Gilligan (Matt Healy 58), Killian Phillips (Mazeed Ogunbo 57); Kian Leavy, Dylan Duffy, Darragh Burns; Tom Cannon (Kyle Robinson 73).

Referee: Paul Norton.

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