Limerick FC forward Ross Mann started and midfielder Val Feeney came off the bench as the Republic of Ireland Under-19s beat Azerbaijan 6-0 in a friendly at Tallaght Stadium on Wednesday night.
Paul Doolin’s side face another game against the same opposition on Friday, and in this first test they hit the front just past the quarter-hour through Dessie Hutchinon’s powerful strike from the edge of the box.
That advantage was doubled seven minutes before the break when Jamie McGrath’s driven cross deflected off a defender and found the net.
There was no doubt about the Saint Patrick’s Athletic’s man’s next effort which made it 3-0 two minutes into the second half, as the Irish – containing former Corbally United youngster Joel Coustrain – took full control.
On 65 minutes, Feeney was introduced from the bench while Mann made way, and another of those to come on, former Mervue United forward Ryan Manning made it 5-0 with a quick-fire double.
His first was a header from a Cieron Keane cross and then he turned home a delivery from fellow sub Jack Hallahan. Hallahan then got in on the act himself to complete the scoring on 76 minutes.
The countries do battle again at the same venue on Friday afternoon, kick-off 3pm. Well done to Ross and Val on their performances; we wish them well for the rest of the week.
Republic of Ireland Under-19s: Harry Doherty (Liam Bossin 73), Liam Kinsella, Noe Baba, Kevin Toner, Cieron Keane, Ross Mann (Jack Hallahan 65), Billy Murphy, Dessie Hutchinson, Joel Coustrain, Jamie McGrath (Val Feeney 65), Eoghan Stokes (Ryan Manning 65).
Azerbaijan Under-19s: Aghaseyid Gasimov, Elgyun Ulukhanov (Renat Agaverdiev 64), Yusif Nabiyev, Tayyar Mammadov (Ulvi Ibazada HT), Bahlul Mustafazade, Elnur Suleymanov (Mansur Nahavandi HT), Mahir Madatov, Emin Zamanov (Mirkamil Hashimli HT), Ilkin Sadigov, Vadim Agaragimov (Mahammad Mammadov 64), Fahmin Muradbayli.
Date: Wednesday 25 February 2015
Report and details thanks to FAI.ie.