SEAN SCORES A BRACE AGAINST NORWAY

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REPORT: U15s beat Norway in Prague Tournament

The Republic of Ireland Under 15s produced an outstanding display to beat Norway 4-1 in their opening game at an invitational tournament in Prague
18th Apr 2017

Jason Donohue’s side bagged four first-half goals to take control of the tie and will go into Thursday’s deciding game against the Czech Republic hosts, who beat the Norwegians 4-3 last Sunday.

Seamus Keogh had Ireland’s first attempt on goal in the 10th minute but it was not long before Ireland went 1-0 up through Sean Kennedy when he found the net with a low strike in the 13th minute.

Keogh had a header saved two minutes later before Kennedy shot narrowly wide in the 18th minute. Norway had an attempt on goal in the 20th minute when Lars Christian Moudestad had a shot from distance held by Ireland keeper Jimmy Corcoran.

Kennedy added a second in the 25th minute when he was played through by Matthew Everitt and poked past the advancing keeper.

Ronan McKinley increased the Irish lead in the 36th minute when he dispossessed keeper Vegard Storsve and turned the ball home into an empty net.

Three minutes later Everitt marked his debut with a goal after McKinley’s initial effort came back off the Norwegian crossbar.

Everitt had another effort saved five minutes into the second half then Irish keeper Corcoran had a couple of stops before Simon Bakken grabbed a consolation goal with a low strike in the last minute.

“Our first half performance was exceptionally good. We played really well and scored at good times. We had a good defensive shape and scored some good goals,” said Ireland Head Coach Jason Donohue.

“The Norwegian coach couldn’t believe how well we played and said it was like men against boys at times in the first half which is a great compliment to the players.

“In the second half, they pressed us really well and forced us to go a bit longer. We conceded in injury time and it shows the character of the lads how disappointed they were to concede that goal.

“We looked a threat every time we went forward in the first half. Matt Everitt had an exceptional debut. Sean Kennedy and Ronan McKinley also produced some excellent moments.

“I’m extremely pleased for the boys to get a win after a couple of draws. They have been improving and the hard work is paying off.

“They looked a really good team today and now it’ll be a different test against the Czechs who’ll have had four days rest by the time Thursday game comes around.”

Republic of Ireland: Corcoran; Dunne (O’Callaghan 71), Sobowale, Funge, Holt; Healy (McEvoy 62), Keogh, McKinley (Parrott 62); Kennedy (Guirgi 71), Everitt (Furlong 65), Okoflex.

 

RESULTS & FIXTURES

U15 Invitational Tournament

Tuesday, April 18: Republic of Ireland 4-1 Norway, Artima, Prague
Thursday, April 20: Czech Republic v Republic of Ireland, Brozany nad Ohří (KO 15.30)

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Time Change

Senior game is now at the earlier time of 11.30

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FIXTURES FOR THE WEEKEND

Sunday 9th April
Denny Premier A
2-00 Tralee Dynamos Vs Castleisland

Saturday 8th April
Under 17 League
2-00 Tralee Dynamos Vs Killarney Athletic

Under 11 League
2-00 Tralee Dynamos Vs Dingle Bay Rovers

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DYNAMOS ADVANCE TO U-14 CUP SEMI-FINALS

U-14 Cup Quarter Final : Listowel 1 – 4 Dynamos. Our lads produced arguably their best performance of the season thusfar with a well deserved victory over the Premier Division side. An explosive start by Dynamos saw us sail into a two goal lead with an OG and a Danny Burke strike. Andy Rogers made it three with half an hour gone with a thunderbolt from 25 yards and when winger Denis Brosnan fired in the fourth five minutes into the second half, there was no looking back. Listowel to their credit battled hard and with the aid of a very strong wind pulled a goal back near the end as Dynamos now head into the semi finals. Well done to all. Washington Soloman was best for Dynamos.

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GOOD DAY FOR UNDER 11s

Our u11s won a close battle today to make it two wins out of 3 so far. It was a great team performance where all players put in a great effort. We had a couple of early chances in the first half with Shayne Stack and Adam Evans coming close, but the deadlock was eventually broken by a great swivel and strike by Adam Evans just before half time.

In the second half Darragh Corridon made it two nil and there were more chances created but the M.E.K. goalkeeper made some great saves to keep the game close. In the last few minutes M.E.K. scored from a goal line scramble, but Dynamos held firm to record a a hard earned but deserved win in the end.

Special mention for Jevon Carey who made a goal saving tackle at the end and Mollie Duggan who was outstanding throughout the whole game and deserved player of the match.

Lastly, thanks to M.E.K. trainers, managers and players for a very sporting game.

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