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Republic of Ireland U-15s shine in Wexford



William Doyle

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It was three wins from four for the Republic of Ireland Under-15 squad when they used Co. Wexford as a base for their international tournament last week, with games played in the Ferrycarrig Park, North End United and Gorey Rangers grounds.

And there was a local flavour to the backroom with the boys in green, as William Doyle was part of the coaching crew.

Ireland overcame Hungary 12-11 on penalties in an entertaining game at Hollygrove on Friday, before the second team went down 2-1 to Cymru in Ramstown.

The opener in North End at 10.30 a.m. saw Hungary take the lead from a penalty after half and hour, before Bohemians defender Curtis Egan volleyed home the leveller before the break.

The game ended 1-1 with the contest going to penalties.

Every player involved on both sides was successful from the spot, meaning Ireland’s first penalty taker, Shamrock Rovers’ Victor Ozhianvuna, had another opportunity at goal.

And his kick was the winner as Hungary missed their twelfth attempt, giving the Irish team coached by William Doyle the win.

The second game of the day between Ireland and Cymru was moved from Ferrycarrig Park to north of the county in Gorey, but the visitors found themselves most at home when in the 29th minute Keano Conaty found space to head in the opener.

In the second-half Cymru doubled their lead through Alfie Jones as he tapped home in the 48th minute to give his team breathing space.

Ireland got the goal their play deserved in injury time when Klub Kildare’s Sam Cooke rose highest to find the net.

On Wednesday, one side overcame Hungary 2-0 at North End before a second Ireland team beat Cymru 3-0 at Ferrycarrig Park.

Joel McPhail and Samuel Ogungbe netted in the first tie, while T.J. Molloy, Niall Sullivan and Desmond Armstrong (from a penalty) were among the goals later in the day.

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