Houri­hane rel­ish­ing thrill of be­ing chased

Irish Examiner - Sport - - SOCCER -

A goal from the cap­tain, West Brom’s Dara O’shea, was enough for Ire­land to de­feat Ro­ma­nia in an U19 friendly, at the La Manga re­sort, in Spain, yes­ter­day. As Tom Mo­han’s side con­tinue their prepa­ra­tions for the Elite Round of the UEFA Un­der-19 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship, next month, this week’s two friendlies against Ro­ma­nia count as the fi­nal prepa­ra­tions for the team, ahead of the games against Por­tu­gal, Slo­vakia, and Kosovo. The team wore black arm­bands, and a minute’s si­lence was held be­fore the match, in mem­ory of Repub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tional, Liam Miller. Mid­way through the first-half, O’shea, cur­rently on loan at Here­ford, found him­self free at the back post for a Daniel Mckenna free-kick. He headed past Ro­ma­nia’s goal­keeper, Aioani Mar­ian.

“We played some very good foot­ball. I thought the goal­keeper and the back-four were very solid. The mid­field worked ex­tremely hard, as did the for­wards. It was a very good, team ef­fort. We have seven play­ers mak­ing their de­but at Un­der-19s this year. It was a great op­por­tu­nity for them and more will do so on Thurs­day,” said Mo­han.

REP IRE­LAND: Ma­her; Heeney, O’shea (capt), O’con­nor, O’sul­li­van; Mckenna, Ni­cell; Flana­gan, Shiels (Roache 67), Scully (Dunne 80); Keena (Dobbs 73).

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