Gill and Raggett on the mark to sink Scots in St Patrick’s Day success
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND……….2 SCOTLAND ……….1
THE Republic of Ireland FAI Schools Under 18s got their Inspiresport Centenary Shield campaign up and running with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Scotland at Home Farm’s Grounds in Whitehall on St Patrick’s Day.
John McShane’s side fully deserved their success but the green shirts still had to come from behind after Che Reilly from St Columba’s High School Dunfermline fired the visitors in front – somewhat against the run of play – in the 22nd minute.
The Irish had dominated possession and pinned the Scots in their own half for long periods but Reilly was unerring with his low drilled shot which evaded the full length dive of Reece Byrne of Oatlands College.
But the Tadgh Walsh skippered Irish were back on level terms in the 29th minute when Lennon Gill of St Benildus College Stillorgan fired home from close in after good approach work down the left flank.
Ireland had a great chance to take the lead in the 29th minute but Michael Raggett of St Kieran’s College Kilkenny saw his well struck penalty superbly saved by Liam Russell in the Scots goal.
But Raggett was not to be denied and on 55 minutes he hit the winner firing home for a deserved goal for all his clever play and creativity.
The game was high on quality and entertainment and the sizeable attendance were treated to a wonderful spectacle with some excellent individual performances on display.
Scotland pushed on looking for an equaliser but the Irish dug deep and although they rode their luck late on, this victory was fully deserved and they now move on to tackle Northern Ireland at Maginn Park in Buncrana on Thursday March 31 where there is a 7pm kick-off.
John McShane’s side then travel to play England at Eastleigh on Friday, April 8 and finish their campaign on Thursday April 21 against Wales in Caenarfon.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND SCHOOLS | Reece BYRNE (Oatlands College), Michael KEYES (Malahide Community School), John O’DONOVAN (Clonakilty Community College), Eanna CLANCY (St. Clare’s Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton), Charlie O’BRIEN (Pobalscoil na Trionóide, Youghal), Tadhg WALSH © (St. Joseph’s CBS, Fairview), Michael McCULLAGH (Coláiste Bhaile Chláir), Steven HEALY (Calasanctius College, Oranmore), Lennon GILL (St. Benildus College, Stillorgan), Michael RAGGETT (St. Kieran’s College, Kilkenny), Kieran CRUISE (St. Benildus College, Stillorgan)
SUBS USED | Alex HEALY BYRNE (Glanmire Community College) for Keyes (71), David TARMEY (Coláiste Bhaile Chláir) for McCullagh (79), Darragh REILLY (St. Gerald’s College, Castlebar) for Cruise (83)
SUBS NOT USED | Leon AYINDE (Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Cork), Zach DUNNE (Presentation Brothers College, Cork), Oisín COLEMAN (St. Mary’s Diocesan School, Drogheda), Jack ROSS (Presentation College, Bray)
MANAGEMENT | John McSHANE, Head Coach (Dublin International School), Derek O’BRIEN, Coach (Ardscoil na Mara, Tramore) Ollie HORGAN, Coach (St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny), Conor FOLEY, GK Coach (Athlone Community College), Martin CAVANAGH, Equipment Manager (Carndonagh Community School), Michael McGLYNN (Physio), Dr. Aidan O’COLMAIN (Team Doctor)
SCOTLAND SCHOOLS | Liam Russell, Gavin Hamilton, Jay Burns, John Binnie, Matthew Strachan, Kenneth MacInnes ©, Lewis Gibson, Lewis Lorimer, Che Reilly, Lucas Stenhouse, Jonathan Steel
SUBS USED | Rayan Mohammed for Stenhouse (HT), Brodie Watt for Hamilton (HT), Ben Lamont for Reilly (68), Bayley Klimionek for Binnie (77), Oliver Brander for Lorimer (77)
SUBS NOT USED | Michael Beagley, Matthew Wallace.
MATCH OFFICIAL | Aaron O’Dowd (Dublin)
2022 inspiresport Centenary Shield Table
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Table as of March 17, 2022
2022 inspiresport Centenary Shield
Thursday, March 3 Scotland 3-2 Northern Ireland Renfrew FC
Thursday, March 10 Northern Ireland 3-0 Wales H&W Welders FC
Thursday, March 17 Republic of Ireland 2-1 Scotland Home Farm FC, Whitehall
Friday, March 25 Northern Ireland vs England H&W Welders FC
Thursday, March 31 Republic of Ireland vs Northern Ireland Maginn Park, Buncrana
Friday, April 1 England vs Scotland Spennymoor Town FC
Thursday, April 7 Scotland vs Wales Annan Athletic FC
Friday, April 8 England vs Republic of Ireland Eastleigh FC
Thursday, April 14 Wales vs England Llansawel FC
Thursday, April 21 Wales vs Republic of Ireland Caernarfon FC
All fixtures kick-off at 7pm