Ireland go down 2-0 to Belgium
The Republic of Ireland Under 17s got their European Under 17 Championship campaign off to a disappointing start as they went down 2-0 to Belgium at Loughborough University Stadium on Saturday. Goals in either half from Sekou Sidibe and Yorbe Vertessen ensured a clinical Belgian side claimed all three points.
Ireland opened the brighter but fell behind in the 34th minute when Sidibe slotted home the rebound after Nicolas Raskin’s initial effort came back off the crossbar. Adam Idah was denied by the Belgium goalkeeper on a number of occasions in the second period but with 12 minutes remaining Yorbe Vertessen was quickest to a rebound to put the Belgians two up.
Next up for Ireland is Denmark tomorrow in St George’s Park.