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Ireland U16 UEFA Development Tournament ends with defeat

Ireland miss out on top spot as Evan Ferguson scores his second goal of the tournament 


Republic of Ireland ended their UEFA Development Tournament with a 2-1 defeat to Ukraine in Israel.

Evan Ferguson’s opener was cancelled out by two quick-fire goals from Shakthar Donetsk pair Mykyda Makhynia and Denys Shostak in an action-packed first half.

The result meant that Ireland missed out on top spot by goal difference. Ireland knew at least a draw would see them all-out winners of the tournament and went into the game full of confidence off the back of two wins out of two. 

They started the brighter of the teams taking the lead on 25 minutes through Bohemians’ Ferguson. A quick free-kick was played down the line and Robbie Mahon crossed for his fellow Bohs’ man to score at the back post with a powerful header – his second goal of the tournament.

Ukraine fought back with two goals to turn the game on its head. First, Makhynia equalised on 30 minutes and two minutes later his club team mate Shostak put the Ukrainians in front.

Ireland came out in the second-half in search of the equaliser forcing Ukraine goalkeeper Oleksii Drui into a number of saves. Ukraine failed to record a shot on goal in the second half and despite the efforts of Paul Osam’s side their opponents held firm for the win.

Ireland Under-16s Head Coach Paul Osam reflected on the game and the tournament as a whole. He said: “I think perhaps we showed Ukraine a little bit too much respect in the first half but we took the lead with a great goal. After that, there was a 10-minute spell where we couldn’t cope with them and it was during that period they scored their two goals. 

“In the second half the lads were magnificent and we created a lot of chances but we didn’t convert them into goals and was unlucky not to get an equaliser. When you go up the levels being clinical makes all the difference.

“I think one of the takeaways from this week is that as a side we must be more clinical but it has been a fantastic tournament for the boys. The players and staff have been first class and in terms of preparations everything went to plan.

“Ukraine and Israel are two very good sides and there were lessons learned from the Fiji match. The tournament has been a great opportunity to come away and see how the players are able to test themselves against quality opposition and I know we’ll sit down and see what we’ve learned and what we can improve on.”

Republic of Ireland: Daniel Rose (GK) (Josh Keeley 40), Gavin O’Brien (C), Oisin Hand, Adam Wells, Colin Conroy, Sinclair Armstrong, (Kailin Barlow 60), Ben McCormack (Kyle Conway 40), Daragh Reilly, Evan Ferguson, Jamie Doyle, Robbie Mahon (Oran Crowe 60).

Subs: Josh Keeley (GK), Kevin Platon, Oran Crowe, Andrew Moran, Fionnan Coyle, Glory Nzingo.

Ukraine: Oleksii Drui (GK), Hlib Savchuk, Eduard Kozik, Mark Mampasi (C ), Vitali Roman, Oleksandr Kilyk, Mykyda Makhynia, Denys Shostak, Daniel Lyapin, Myktya Kononov, Maksym Bomashchuk.

Subs: Tymur Puzankov, Volodymyr Malenkov, Maksym Khlan, Nazary Dovhan, Bohdan Popov, Daniel Joulani, Yehor Hrybov, Marko Sapuha, Maksym Antoniuk.

UEFA Under-16 Development Tournament – Results
29/4: Israel 1-2 Republic of Ireland, Shefayim
1/5: Fiji 0-3 Republic of Ireland, Shefayim
3/5: Republic of Ireland 1-2 Ukraine, Shefayim

Republic of Ireland Under-16 Squad:
 Josh Keeley (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Daniel Rose (Everton)
Defenders: Kailin Barlow (Sligo Rovers), Fionnan Coyle (Finn Harps), Oisin Hand (Shamrock Rovers), Gavin O’Brien (Bohemians), Kevin Platon (Shamrock Rovers), Daragh Reilly (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Adam Wells (Shamrock Rovers) 
Midfielders: Colin Conroy (Bohemians), Oran Crowe (Cork City), Jamie Doyle (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Kyle Martin-Conway (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Ben McCormack (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Andrew Moran (Bray Wanderers), Glory Nzingo (St. Patrick’s Athletic)
Forwards: Sinclair Armstrong (Shamrock Rovers), Evan Ferguson (Bohemians), Calum Kavanagh (Middlesbrough), Robbie Mahon (Bohemians)

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