Our Under 16 international side went down to an emphatic four nil defeat by hosts Hungary in Budapest on Thursday morning. This disappointing result follows their three two defeat at the same venue on Tuesday afternoon.
Republic of Ireland: Aaron Davis; Alex Dunne, Timi Sobowale (Cian Kelly 63), Conor Power (Luke Turner 63), James Furlong; Seamas Keogh, Matt Healy; Adam Lennon (Patrick Moore 53), Kian Leavy (Troy Parrott 41), Conor Carty (Sean Kennedy 53); Matt Everitt.
The Club was delighted to host an evening with journalist/writer Michael Walker and Irish Football Legend Liam Brady, Honorary President of RISSC (London), at The Claddagh Ring in Hendon on the evening of Friday 23rd February 2018.
Belfast native Walker is the author of the recently released book ‘Green Shoots’ which chronicles many of the major highlights and stories from Irish football, its players and culture from both sides of the border.
Amongst the books many highlights is an illuminating chapter on the irrepressible Liam Brady, an Irish footballing hero and icon, whose presence on the evening lent an absorbing flavour to the occasion.
Michael Walker provided the audience with an initial synopsis of his book, with particular emphasis on certain facts and individuals whose contribution to Irish football and in two significant instances, football on the world stage, may not have been known to the majority of those in attendance. The book offers a quite absorbing journey through the annals of football on the island of Ireland.
Liam Brady lent an incredible aura to the evening and the telling of his playing journey, from the streets of North Dublin through St Kevin’s Boys, Arsenal, the Italian quartet of Juventus, Sampdoria, Inter Milan and Ascoli and finally West Ham United, was an absorbing listen.
The story behind his absence from the Irish squad at the 1988 World Cup finals was both poignant and humorous.
Liam also addressed his period in management at Glasgow Celtic and Brighton & Hove Albion together with his supporting role during the Trapattoni years with Ireland with honesty and integrity.
The audience also heard from Liam, his opinions and thoughts on the current structures surrounding youth football in Ireland and the challenges faced for the future.
All in all a quite absorbing and splendid evening enhanced by the quality of the venue and the hospitality of our host Finbar and his team.
The two remaining contests in Series Three of the Airtricity League Premier Division took place on Tuesday evening. Bohemian went down to a one nil defeat by Derry City in Dalymount Park while Dundalk crushed visitors Limerick by eight goals to nil in Oriel Park.
Hull City, for whom Will Keane was introduced seconds before half-time, played out a one all draw with visitors Barnsley in the Championship on Tuesday evening while Reading included Liam Kelly in their starting eleven for the three one defeat by visitors Sheffield United for whom Enda Stevens was also a starter.
Head Coach Paul Osam has selected an eighteen player squad for a brace of Under 16 friendly internationals against Hungary in Budapest this week. The sides met in Teliki early on Tuesday afternoon where the hosts prevailed by three goals to two with Matt Everitt and Brandon Holt finding the net for Ireland. The sides meet again at 10am (Irish time) on Thursday morning.
Republic of Ireland: Gavin Bazunu; Alex Dunne, Luke Turner, Cian Kelly, James Furlong; Brandon Holt, Seamas Keogh; Patrick Moore (Adam Lennon 61), Troy Parrott, Sean Kennedy (Conor Carty 55); Matt Everitt.
There were three Airtricity League Premier Division contests played on Monday evening. Shamrock Rovers crushed visitors Bray Wanderers by six goals to nil in Tallaght Stadium while the RSC saw hosts Waterford defeat St Patricks Athletic by two goals to nil. Sligo Rovers were defeated by four goals to one in the Showgrounds by defending champions Cork City, the only side with maximum points after the first two sets of league fixtures.