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Finland defeat Under-17s in Waterford


Republic of Ireland Under-17s lost 1-0 to Finland on Friday night in an International Friendly at Waterford’s RSC.

A goal on the hour-mark from striker Eetu Rissanen was enough to give the visitors the win, ahead of Monday afternoon’s match in Tallaght Stadium.

Speaking after the match, Head Coach Colin O’Brien, said there are areas to improve on ahead of Monday.

“There were very few clear chances in the first-half. Finland’s goal came from us trying to build from the back. We lost possession of the ball and they capitalised on the mistake,” O’Brien revealed.

“We didn’t perform to the standards we set ourselves. The team are a lot better than what they showed tonight. We have to the chance now on Monday to get our performances back to the standards we know we are capable of.” 

As part of preparations for May’s UEFA Under-17 European Championships, both teams took part in a penalty shootout. Tallaght Stadium will also host a penalty shootout after Monday’s game.

Republic of Ireland: Harry Halwax, Seamas Keogh (capt), James Furlong, Anselmo Garcia MacNulty, Joe Hodge (Toby Owens 88), Matt Everitt (Brandon Holt 62), Conor Carty (Sean Kennedy 62), Ronan McKinley (Charlie McCann 46), Joshua Giurgi, Sean McEvoy (Mipo Odubeko 62), Timi Sobowale

Finland: Matia Niemela, Juho Lehtiranta, Tony Miettinen, Ville Koski, Juho Kilo, Samuel Anini Jr (Sampo Ala 80), Santeri Vaananen (capt), Eetu Rissanen (Martin Salin 80), Naatan Skytta (Doni Arifi 85), Juho Ojanen (Pauli Katajamaki 70), Kaarlo Rintamaki (Samuel Uusitalo 85)

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