Republic of Ireland International Results February 2013
GreenScene rounds-up all the Republic of Ireland international friendly results from the last week from Under-19 to Senior level.
Republic of Ireland 2-0 Poland
Giovanni Trapattoni’s senior side got 2013 off to an impressive start with a 2-0 friendly win against fellow European Championship finalists Poland. The visitors brought some exciting names to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, as well as many red-and-white clad supporters. After a nervy start where Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewnadowski looked a handful, Ireland settled into the game, and led at the break thanks to Ciaran Clark’s first international goal, firing in from a corner. Both sides made a number of changes in the second-half, with Trapattoni’s alterations proving more successful as substitutes Jeff Hendrick and Wes Hoolahan teamed up for an exquisite goal. Hendrick came off the bench for his debut, while the tireless Conor Sammon did well on his first cap up front, with Richard Keogh also making a first Irish appearance late on.
Rep of Ireland: David Forde, Paul McShane, John O’Shea, Ciaran Clark (Richard Keogh 84), Greg Cunningham, Robbie Brady (Jon Walters 71), James McCarthy (Jeff Hendrick 71), Glenn Whelan (Paul Green 46), James McClean (Simon Cox 81), Shane Long (Wes Hoolahan 62), Conor Sammon.
Subs not used: Keiren Westwood, Stephen Ward, Kevin Doyle, Andy Keogh, Alex Pearce, Stephen Henderson.
Goals: Clark 35, Hoolahan 76.
Poland: Boruc (Szczesny 46), Perquis, Glik, Boenisch (Wasilewski 46), Wawrzyniak, Lukasik (Mierzejewski 77), Krychowiak, Blaszczykowski, Obraniak (Milik 60), Pawlowski (Grosicki 46), Lewandowski.
Subs not used: Komorowski, Celeban, Borysiuk, Wszolek, Broz, Sobiech, Kazmierczak, Tyton.
Booked: Glik, Obraniak.
Referee: Sebastien Delferiere (Belgium).
Republic of Ireland under-21s 3-0 Netherlands under-21s
Noel King’s under-21 side started their preparations for the upcoming Euro 2015 qualifying campaign with an impressive display against a dogged Dutch side at the Tallaght Stadium on Wednesday. With most of the first-choice Holland u21 squad in Croatia for another friendly, King’s side were matched with an experimental Oranje squad, called the Beloftenelftal. However, the Dutch did have a few impressive youngsters in the squad, such as NAC Breda striker Alex Schalk, who has played 33 Eredivisie games so far at the age of 20. The Dutch captain hit the post in the third minute, but Ireland battled hard and took the lead through Aiden O’Brien. Millwall forward O’Brien looked very sharp for the Boys in Green, and capped his debut with a second goal just before half-time. Anthony Forde added the final goal in the second-half, after being felled in the area.
Republic of Ireland: Aaron McCarey (Sean McDermott 46); Matt Doherty (Joe Shaughnessy 46), Derrick Williams (Anthony O’Connor 46), Shane Duffy, Sean McGinty (Carl McHugh 46); Anthony Forde, Kane Ferdinand (John O’Sullivan 35), Samir Carruthers (Frankie Sutherland 46), Callum Reilly (Cian Bolger 64), Sean Murray; Aiden O’Brien (Chris Forrester 56).
Netherlands: Stefan van der Lei (Hobie Verhulst 46); Mike te Wierik, Timo Letschert (Joel Veltman 46), Ted van de Pavert (Stefano Denswil 46), Nick Bakker (Peter van Ooijen 46); Luciano Slagveer (Jodu Lukoki 46), Jesper Drost, Kevin Jansen, Stanley Elbers; Alex Schalk (Arsenio Valpoort 46), Hakim Ziyech.
Referee: Mervyn Smith (Northern Ireland).
Republic of Ireland under-19s 2-1 Czech Republic under-19s
In the first of two games against the Czech u19s, Paul Doolin’s side held off a Czech comeback to win 2-1 at Flancare Park in Longford. St. Patrick’s Athletic midfielder Ryan Coombes opened the scoring by driving home Paul George’s cross, before Kenny McEvoy doubled the lead before the break, heading in from Mikey Drennan. The Czechs pulled one back in the second half after Steve Smith gave away a penalty. Ian Lawlor did well to keep out František Liška’s attempt, but could not stop the rebound.
Republic of Ireland: Ian Lawlor; Ryan McConnell, Shane Griffin, Thomas Hoban, Steven Smith, Kealan Dillon, Kenneth McEvoy, Darragh Lenihan, Ryan Coombes, Paul George, Michael Drennan.
Substitutions: Luke Gallagher for Dillon 56 mins; Sean Maguire for Coombes 56; Brandon Meile for Lenihan 64; Sam Byrne for George 64.
Czech Republic: Josef Řehák; Stefan Simič, Jan Filip, Petr Nerad, Jan Shejbal, Aleš Čermák, Michal Trávník, František Liška, Matěj Hýbl, Oldřich Byrtus, Jan Štěrba.
Substitutions: Roman Wermke for Byrtus 46, Ondřej Karafiát for Simič 46; Dominik Mašek for Trávník 68; Václav Jurečka for Liška 68; Petr Ševčik for Shejbal 82.
Referee: Ray Matthews.
Republic of Ireland under-19s 1-1 Czech Republic under-19s
The second under-19 game of the week was meant to take place in Athlone, but had to be moved to Flancare Park because of a waterlogged pitch. Doolin’s side was much-changed for the second tie, and provided an entertaining spectacle for the small group of supporters. Václav Jurečka opened the scoring with a penalty after Irish captain Pierce Sweeney went in too hard on Petr Ševčik. Sam Byrne continued his impressive youth form for Ireland, and grabbed the equaliser just after the interval, heading in Adam Evans’ cross. Sweeney almost made amends for his earlier mistake moments later, but was denied by the crossbar after a nice ball in from the exciting Kieran Sadlier.
Republic of Ireland: Danny Rogers; Jason Keane, Bradley Garmston, Pierce Sweeney (c), Steven Smith, Kieran Sadlier, Brandon Miele, Luke Gallagher, Sam Byrne, Sean Maguire, Adam Evans.
Substitutions: Kenneth McEvoy for Maguire 42 mins; Ryan McConnell for Keane 55; Paul George for Evans 76; Kealan Dillon for Miele 83.
Czech Republic: Jan Kotnour; Jan Filip, Ondřej Karafiát, Aleš Čermák (c), Dominik Mašek, Václav Jurečka, Michal Trávník, Matěj Hýbl, Petr Ševčik, Jan Štěrba, Roman Wermke.
Substitutions: Petr Nerad for Ševčik 46; Jan Shejbal for Wermke 46; František Liška for Jurečka 72; Oldřich Byrtus for Ševčik 77; Stefan Simič for Mašek 88.
Referee: Brendan Kelly.