Derby County youngster scores for Republic of Ireland Under-17s against England

Derby County youngster scores for Republic of Ireland Under-17s against England

Ireland U17 go down to England in opening game of UEFA Tournament

The Ireland U17 side suffered a 3-1 defeat to England in the opening game of the UEFA Under-17 International Tournament in Tallaght Stadium tonight.

First half goals from Harvey Elliott and Alexander Mighten put England in control, although Mightens goal was cancelled out shortly afterwards by a penalty from Irelands Festy Ebosele, who was fouled in the box by Yunus Musah.

A few teasing touches enticed the English right back to take just one half a step towards Ebosele and thats enough for a man with his arsenal. He proceeded to burn his opposite number for having the balls to approach him and he did it with some neat footwork and pure power. In the space of a second, he was clear and bearing down on goal until he was pulled back and awarded a penalty.

The momentum swung towards Ireland after England defender Dennis Cirken was sent off for two yellows just before the break, but despite having a number of second half chances it was the visitors who hit the net, with substitute Sam Greenwood clinching the win with a goal six minutes from time.

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Afterwards, Ireland manager Colin OBrien praised England but was impressed with how his side played.

The 16-year-old attacker from Enniscorthy in Wexford lit up Tallaght Stadium on Thursday night with one typically explosive run that left a defender eating dust and forcing a foul in the box which he tucked away himself.

“England are a quality side. I thought tonight we were very good for long periods. What the players learned tonight was that mistakes around the box can be punished.

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“We had a brilliant response after Englands second goal. We deserved to score just before the break. Tonight was a fantastic education for the players. Were disappointed to lose, but there was encouraging performances.”

Despite going 2-0 down in the game against England, Ebosele sparked the Irish into life when he picked up the ball on the touchline a good 40 metres from the goals and just lit it up from there.

The team return to action on Sunday afternoon. They play the Czech Republic in Tallaght Stadium at 3pm.

His last game with Moyne saw him rattle home a hat-trick in an under-13 cup final where local journalists were said to have described his performance as the best schoolboys display theyve seen.

Republic of Ireland: Jimmy Corcoran; Seamas Keogh (capt), Luke Turner, Cian Kelly, James Furlong; Brandon Holt, Joe Hodge; Matt Everitt, Timi Sobowale (Joshua Giurgi 63), Festy Ebosele (Sean Kennedy 90+3); Conor Carty.

England: James Trafford (Louie Moulden 46); Yunus Musah, Nathan Wood-Gordon, Dynel Simeu, Dennis Cirken; Jensen Weir, Miguel Azeez, Fabio Carvalho (capt) (Hayden Roberts 46); Harvey Elliott (Benjamin Knight 77), Joe Gelhardt (Morgan Rogers 63), Alexander Mighten (Sam Greenwood 63).

Having signed with Derby County in the summer, big things are expected from the precocious talent who has starred at Moyne Rangers, at St. Josephs and at Bray already.

The Republic of Ireland Under-17s suffered a 3-1 defeat to England in Tallaght Stadium in their opening match of the UEFA Under-17 International Tournament.

In that English defence is also Dublin-born Dennis Cirkin but he reduced the side to 10 after his second yellow card saw him leave the game in the first half.

First-half strikes by Harvey Elliott and Alexander Mighten gave England the platform for their eventual win, but the visitors were made to work very hard for their victory – particularly after England were reduced to 10 men just before half-time.

England were on top in the early exchanges and Joe Gelhardt’s 14th-minute deflected shot, after Miguel Azeez had rolled a free-kick to him, skidded just wide. Irish keeper Jimmy Corcoran was forced into two saves in rapid succession from Fabio Carvalho’s full-blooded drive and Gelhardt’s follow-up.

Ebosele is a forward who was selected on the left of a 4-2-3-1 for Ireland under-17s in the international friendly against England.

Elliott opened the scoring for England in the 18th minute. The striker cut in from the right wing and his deflected left-foot shot squirmed under Corcoran at the keeper’s near post. It could have been 2-0 just a couple of minutes later but for a fabulous save from Corcoran, who tipped a Carvalho half-volley over the top 

Almost 30 minutes had elapsed before Colin O’Brien’s team created their first real opportunity. Matt Everitt was set up by Conor Carty but the his low shot was parried for a corner by James Trafford.

Ireland’s task became much more difficult in the 31st minute when Alexander Mighten shot found the Irish net from close range. Almost immediately, the home side were handled a lifeline when Festy Ebosele was taken down in the box by Yunus Musah, after a marauding run down the Irish left. Ebosele converted the spot-kick himself.

England went into the break with ten men after Dublin-born defender Dennis Cirken was shown two quick yellow cards just before half-time.

Despite Ireland having numerous chances in the second half, England doubled their lead with six minutes remaining. Substitute Sam Greenwood scored to guarantee the visitors the win.

Speaking after the game, Ireland Under-17 Head Coach Colin O’Brien was impressed with how his side coped against high-quality opposition.

"It was a great game for us to get against very good opposition. England are a quality side. I thought tonight we were very good for long periods. What the players learned tonight was that mistakes around the box can be punished.

"We had a brilliant response after England’s second goal. We deserved to score just before the break. Tonight was a fantastic education for the players. We’re disappointed to lose, but there was encouraging performances."

The team returns to action on Sunday afternoon. They play the Czech Republic in Tallaght Stadium at 3pm.

Republic of Ireland: Jimmy Corcoran; Seamas Keogh (capt), Luke Turner, Cian Kelly, James Furlong; Brandon Holt, Joe Hodge; Matt Everitt, Timi Sobowale (Joshua Giurgi 63), Festy Ebosele (Sean Kennedy 90+3); Conor Carty.

England: James Trafford (Louie Moulden 46); Yunus Musah, Nathan Wood-Gordon, Dynel Simeu, Dennis Cirken; Jensen Weir, Miguel Azeez, Fabio Carvalho (capt) (Hayden Roberts 46); Harvey Elliott (Benjamin Knight 77), Joe Gelhardt (Morgan Rogers 63), Alexander Mighten (Sam Greenwood 63).

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