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Republic of Ireland 15s lose to Czech Republic

Story by Conall Collier

Thursday, 20th April, 2017 9:27pm

Republic of Ireland 15s lose to Czech Republic

The Republic of Ireland Under 15 side completed their campaign with a 2-4 defeat by the Czech Republic in a thrilling encounter in the Czech town of Brozany nad Ohří this afternoon.

Meath player Jimmy Corcoran was the goalkeeper for Tuesday's 4-1 win over Norway, but he didn't play today as the other goalie in the panel got a game.

Jason Donohue’s side beat Norway 4-1 in their opening game in the triangular tournament on Tuesday.

Irish 'keeper Bazunu was tested in the third minute from a shot from distance but in the 10th minute the Czechs took the lead when Pavel Hural headed home after an initial effort hit the Irish crossbar. It was 2-0 after 13 minutes, but it was 2-2 after 27 minutes.

Ireland created some more chances but we punished for not taking them in the second-half as the hosts scored twice.

“We started off looking very leggy and found ourselves 2-0 down quickly. We knew the Czechs were a threat going forward as they have scored 14 goals in their last three games,” said head coach Jason Donohue.

“We adjusted our game plan midway the first half and dominated to get back to 2-2 and missed chances to go ahead. Unfortunately two errors early in the second half left us chasing the game again but the Czechs were able to hold out.

“With the Czech team playing Sunday they had two extra recovery days which proved to be a major factor.

“But our group has progressed well all season and with this as our last event and this week included four new debuts and all players started a game each means Paul Osam has plenty of options for next season," he added.

JIMMY CORCORAN

Began playing under-age with Kells/Blackwater and played for the NECSL. Now with Cherry Orchard in Dublin and making great progress.

RESULTS

U15 Invitational Tournament
Tuesday - Republic of Ireland 4, Norway 1
Thursday - Czech Republic 4 Republic of Ireland 2

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