Hourihane relishing thrill of being chased
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).