Dunboyne teenager Adam McDonnell scored a cracking goal for the Republic of Ireland today in the UEFA u-17 Elite Championship in Serbia in the final group game against Georgia.
The Republic of Ireland finished their UEFA Championships Elite Qualifying round fixtures with a 2-2 draw with Georgia in Belgrade.
Managed by Tom Mohan, a former NECSL player, the side exited the tournament pleased to pick up a point after unfortunate defeats against Serbia and Germany, but disappointed not to return with all three points from this fixture.
Ireland led 2-0 with five minutes left but in the testing 27C heat they were caught by two late Georgian strikes.
Nathan Corkery had headed Ireland in front in the 23rd minute and host keeper Beka Kurdadze did well to keep out an effort from Ireland captian Georgie Poynton, from Bettystown, in the 43rd minute.
McDonnell produced a stunning strike from 25-yards to fire home in the 75th minute for a 2-0 lead, but Georgia staged a late rally to earn a draw.
“We should have won a penalty in the first half, but decisions have not gone our way this week. When we got the second-half goal from Adam McDonnell it looked like we might get the result we deserved," commented Mohan who played for Sean McCaffrey's Oriel Celtic at under-age level in the North Eastern Counties Schoolboys' League.
“It’s been a tough week, but I could have asked more from the players and staff who all worked extremely hard,” added Mohan.
Wednesday 26th March - Serbia 2 Republic of Ireland 1 at Stara Pazova
Friday 28th March - Germany 3 Republic of Ireland 0 at FK Obili?, Belgrade
Monday 31st March - Republic of Ireland 2 Georgia 2 at FK Obili?, Belgrade
See also with this story photo of the Republic of Ireland team in Serbia today - Adam (6) and Georgie (8).
Thanks to Mark Scanlon for his help.