Irish Schools: Feeney Nets In Win Over Scotland
Limerick FC midfielder Val Feeney scored for the Republic of Ireland U18 Schools as they secured an impressive 3-1 win over Scotland in the Centenary Shield at Tallaght Stadium on Thursday night, to end their season on a high note.
The Irish were recording their second victory of the campaign and ultimately cost their rivals the title, with England ending up as group winners on goal difference.
Galway FC striker Ryan Manning was the key player for the home side as he bagged a brace, while Feeney also found the net in an exciting game.
Manning had hit the crossbar with a clever overhead kick in the 25th minute and then opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 36th minute after defender James Yates had dragged down Derry City’s Georgie Kelly in the area.
Two minutes later, Irish skipper Manning forced a decent save from Scottish ‘keeper Christopher Truesdale with a shot from distance.
It was Yeats College forward Manning who threatened again four minutes into the second half but a defender made an important block.
The visitors snatched an equaliser before the hour when Jamie Henry sent in a low free-kick that was deflected into the Irish net by the unfortunate Cian Kavanagh.
Michael Hardie forced a top-drawer saved from home ‘keeper Patrick Dunican less than a minute later as the Scots poured on the pressure.
The Irish eventually weathered the storm and Cork City midfielder Craig Donnellan fired in a powerful low strike in the 61st minute that Truesdale got down well to keep out.
Ireland regained the lead in the 64th minute when a short corner found its way to Feeney. He produced a clever move to beat a defender before smashing a shot towards goal that was deflected past the unfortunate Truesdale.
Manning made it 3-1 in the 73rd minute with a fantastic individual goal. The striker powerfully carved through the visiting defence but his strike rattled the Scots crossbar and he was the first to react to the loose ball and fired home brilliantly.
The impressive Hardie drew another superb save from Dunican 12 minutes from time with a free-kick from distance, but that was as close as either side came to producing another goal.
Republic of Ireland U18 Schools: Patrick Dunican, Christopher Flanagan, Dylan Kavanagh (Antaine Ó Laoí 76), Gary Boylan, Darragh Gannon, Craig Donnellan, Val Feeney, Cian Kavanagh (Aidan McCauley 73), Jamie McGrath (Michael Browne 11), Georgie Kelly, Ryan Manning (Daryl Power 84).
Report Date: Thursday 24 April 2014
Report with thanks to FAI.ie.