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FAI Schools finish on a high

SAFIB Centenary Shield Under 18 Boys’ International

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND   5 WALES   3

The Republic of Ireland Schools under 18 boys side closed their season with a 5-3 defeat of Wales in a thrilling game at Home Farm FC.

Holders Ireland had finally relinquished their hold on the Centenary Shield last week when they went down 3-1 to Northern Ireland in Belfast a result that clinched the title for the northern boys.

However to end the season on a high with a defeat of Wales, their first win of the four game series, gave William O’Connor’s side a boost.

Ireland dominated the opening half with local lad Ross Tierney catching the eye and they had taken a two goal lead by the break with Brandon Bermingham netting both of the goals.

The first from the penalty spot on ten minutes after he was taken down in the box by goalkeeper Eric Green.

The second arrived with ten minutes remaining in the half and like the first goal it was set up by a sublim through pass from the lively Ross Tierney.

Wales made four changes for the second half and their positive start saw them level by the hour mark.

Central defenders skipper Lee Jenkins and Bobby Beamount grabbed the goals with both coming from well delivered free kicks into the Ireland box by Jake Hampton.

Daragh Ellison restored the home advantage seven minutes later with a cool finish at the back post after Colin Kelly’s free kick and beaten the Wales back line.

Substitute Corey Mc Bride went on to stretch the lead to 4-2 on 78 minutes after he latched on to a loose ball and beat Gardiner when his free kick came off the Wales defensive wall.

The visitors hit back quickly and Jenkins struck home his second of the game from another Hampton free with ten minutes remaining.

But Tierney competed the scoring in time added on when a goalkeeping mistake presented him with an unguarded goal and he duly stroked the ball home.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Jamie Cleary (Drimnagh Castle CBS); Matthew O’Reilly (Midleton CBS), Keith Carter (Colaiste Choilm Swords), Josh Honohan (St. Francis College, Rochestown),  Daragh Ellison(St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny); Niall O’Keeffe (De La Salle College, Waterford), Brandon Bermingham (St. Mary’s Diocesan School, Drogheda); Colin Kelly (St. Joseph’s College, Galway), Jack Doherty (Carndonagh Community School), Ross Tierney (St. Aidan’s CBS, Whitehall), James Clarke (Boyne Community School, Trim). 

Subs: Lee McLaughlin (Carndonagh Community School) for O’Reilly h-t, Corey McBride (Carndonagh Community School) for Clarke 58, Reece Murphy (Wexford CBS) for Carter 71, Adam Lynch (Summerhill College) for Kelly 90+1, David Odumosu (O’Fiaich College, Dundalk), Jack O’Connor (St. Louis Community School), Gearoid Mulligan (Summerhill College).

WALES: Eric Green; Toby Vickery, Bobby Beaumont, Lee Jenkins, Oliver Lanceley, Dylan Rhys Jones. Telor Williams, Scott Butler , Joe Dyer, Jake Hampson, Tristan Jenkins. Subs: Shaun Gardiner for Green, Jack Wilson for Dyer, Jack Pascoe for T Jenkins, Charlie Caton for Lanceley all h-t.

Referee: Mark Houilan Assistants: Lee Duffy, Paul Mooney.
Fourth Official: Paul Norton.

By JOHN HUDSON

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