15 April 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

There was a strong Cavan -Monaghan presence in the Irish U-16 squads which took on Belgium in international Friendlies during the week.
Monaghan United’s Fergal McMahon and Kevin Loughran both started for the ‘B’ team with Kevin putting the Boys in Green in front on 42 minutes.
Meanwhile Jonathan Leddy from Cavan Shamrocks and Ryan O’Reillly of Ballyjamesduff both came on as second half substitutes for the ‘A’ team in a game which Ireland lost 1-0 but dominated as a whole.
BELGIUM U-16 ‘A’ 1
David Cino 30
The Republic of Ireland Under-16 ‘A’ team created the better chances at Turner’s Cross against Belgium but ended up on the losing side to a solitary strike.
Ireland carved out several openings before David Cino scored against the run of play just past the half hour to hand Belgium victory. Captain Sam Byrne, leading the Irish line, was a menace for the visitors throughout the opening half.
He swivelled past his marker at the edge of the box on twelve minutes and delivered an inviting cross that required Charlie Ickhaus to clear the danger.
From the resultant corner by Gary O’Neill, Lucas Pirard could only flap the cross to Kevin O’Connor eight yards out but the Curracloe United midfielder scuffed his shot.
A well worked free-kick on 25 minutes by O’Connor released Byrne into the box and his effort from an acute angle was batted away by Pirard.
Byrne created Ireland’s clearest opportunity of the game three minutes when he charged down Pirard’s attempted clearance. Unluckily for the St. Joseph’s Boys, his subsequent shot rebounded off the inside of the post and back into play.
Belgium hit the front on 31 minutes with their first real attack of the game. David Cino ghost in from the left wing undetected and beat Eric Grimes with powerful angled shot.
The second half was more of a scrappy affair with substitute Dylan Hayes seeing his half volley sail wide and O’Connor having a deflected effort from the edge of the box gathered by Pirard.
Five minutes from full-time, Byrne latched onto a long ball and pushed it past the onrushing goalkeeper only for Ickhaus to produce a last-ditch tackle and prevent a certain goal.
Defender Kyle McFadden had Ireland’s final chance in stoppage time with a looping header which spun over as their best endeavours to find a leveller came up short.
REP OF IRELAND U-16 ‘A’: Grimes (Ringmahon Rangers); Mullaney (Portlaoise), McFadden (Swilly Rovers), D. O’Reilly (Cherry Orchard), Lewis (Aston Villa); Nsay (Cherry Orchard), O Connor (Curracloe Utd), O’Neil (Kingdom Boys); McGlade (Shelbourne), Byrne (St. Joseph’s Boys), Grealish (Aston Villa).
Subs: Coyne (Cherry Orchard) for Lewis, Hayes (St. Joseph’s Boys) for O’Neil, Mulroney (Crumlin United) for Nsay (all h/t), Percil (Tottenham Hotspur) for Grealish (58 mins), Leddy (Cavan Shamrocks) for O’Connor, R. O’Reilly (Ballyjamesduff) for D. O’Reilly (both 76 mins).
BELGIUM U-16 ‘A’: Pirard, Lucigno, Van Den Ackeveken, Haagen, Ickhaus, Hendrick, Cino, Paqvet, Da Silva, Quenelle, Raeymaekers. Subs: Rogiest, Vertichelen, Reuten, Sallaets, Galvez Lopez.
REFEREE: Graham Kelly.
Kevin Loughran 42
Darragh Walsh 50
BELGIUM U-16 ‘B’ 2
Thibault Duval 51
Simon Bracke 65
The Republic of Ireland Under-16 ‘B’ were pegged back tonight at Turner’s Cross after surging into two goal lead in the second half.
Ireland’s Kevin Loughran and Darragh Walsh each scored early in the second half only for the visitors to level with goals from Thibault Duval and Simon Bracke.
Early in the game, Steven McCarthy was unable to direct his header on goal after Darragh Walsh set him up with the cross and the provider went close on 18 minutes with a shot that veered just past the near post.
Ireland continued to press and Loughran of Monaghan United drew a top-class save from Tharauniatis on twenty minutes.
Left winger Loughran, with first team experience behind him at the Airtricity League, did grab his deserved goal shortly after the restart when he seized upon hesitant defending and buried a low diagonal shot across substitute goalkeeper Lowik Steinmetz and into the far corner.
The Boys in Green underlined their supremacy with a second goal on 50 minutes. Darren Murphy and Conor McDonald were involved in the build-up on the right and when the ball broke for Darragh Walsh thirty yards out, the Shelbourne striker unleashed an unstoppable drive which flew into the net off the post.
There was barely time to settle when Belgium hit back. Deriemaecker raided down the right flank straight from the kick-off and picked out the unmarked Thibault Duval who nodded home from six yards.
The comeback gained momentum and it was no surprise when the imposing Simon Bracke slipped in to stab home the equaliser on 65 minutes.
Belgium should have completed the recovery with a third five minutes later yet captain Pieter Gerkens failed to convert a teasing delivery from the right.
REP OF IRELAND U-16 ‘B’: Condell (Crumlin United); Long (Cherry Orchard), McMahon (Monaghan United), Casey (Avenue Utd), Corcoran (Carrigaline); McCarthy (Skibbbereen), Murphy (Rockmount), McGrath (Nenagh); Loughran (Monaghan United), Walsh (Shelbourne), McDonald (St. Kevin’s Boys).
Subs: O’Driscoll (Skibbbereen) for McCarthy, Adam Wixted (Stella Maris) for Loughran (both 55 mins), Lucy (Lakewood) for Murphy (57 mins), Whittle (De la Salle) for Long, O’Connor (De La Salle) for McDonald (65 mins), Mahoney (Crumlin United) for Corcoran (80 mins).
BELGIUM U-16 ‘B’: Tharauniatis; Van Bavwel, Castagne, Marqvet, Yasar, Gerkens, Grillets, Swimmen, Mitv, Bracke, Duval.
Subs: Steinmetz, Sagang, Verhooghe, Deriemaecker, Marques, De Connick, Capobianco.
REFEREE: Andrew Mullaley.

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