• Soccer

McDonnell's super strike in Serbia

Monday, 31st March, 2014 6:58pm

Story by Meath Chronicle Sports
Jump to comments
McDonnell's super strike in Serbia

Dunboyne teenager Adam McDonnell who scored for the Republic of Ireland in Belgrade this afternoon

McDonnell's super strike in Serbia

Dunboyne teenager Adam McDonnell who scored for the Republic of Ireland in Belgrade this afternoon

View More Images

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.
 
 RESULTS
 
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.  

€50 for 6 months (24 editions) of the Meath Chronicles. Ideal gift for those who have everything. Subscribe for free here.

Post a Comment

Group Publications

Cookies on Meath Chronicle website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. We also use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Meath Chronicle website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time by amending your browser settings.
How does Meath Chronicle use cookies?
Cookies enable us to identify your device, or you when you have logged in. We use cookies that are strictly necessary to enable you to move around the site or to provide certain basic features. We use cookies to enhance the functionality of the website by storing your preferences, for example. We also use cookies to help us to improve the performance of our website to provide you with a better user experience.
We donít sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).
Hide Message