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Ireland takes victory against Wales in four goal Victory Shield clash

Wales 0

Republic of Ireland 4

Idah 2' 39', Collins 32', Brennan 75'
  • Sunday, 30 October 2016
  • Oriam (Riccarton)
  • Under 16´s
  • U16 Victory Shield
Republic of Ireland got their Victory Shield tournament underway on Sunday Evening with a four goals to nil win against two year running champions, Wales. It was a one sided affair with Ireland scoring three goals in the first half and a forth in the second while Wales were unable to find the back of the net despite their best efforts.
Ireland kicked off the match and their scoring in the second minute of the match. A free kick 15 yards out on the right side of goal taken by Max Murphy saw the ball arrive at the head of Nathan Collins at the left side of the goal. Collins then headed the ball across goal to Adam Idah who headed the effort into the net past Welsh keeper, Dan Barden to put his team ahead.
The Welsh had a good counter attacking effort a minute later to try get themselves back into the game. A break from Jack Vale on the left side of the pitch saw the player shimmy past defenders to get himself central with the opposition’s goal, he then fired the ball but it went wide of the right side post.
Ireland then had a great opportunity to double their lead in the 13th minute. A shot from Idah on the left side struck the goal post and Barry Coffey was at the opposite post to tap the ball into an empty net, however, the player’s shot went wide.
The Irish players then had a great effort on goal from a free kick in the 31st minute. Idah laid off the central free kick to Kameron Ledwidge on the left side who then turned to strike the ball towards the bottom right corner, forcing Barden to make the save to put the ball out for a corner. Ireland then doubled their lead from the resulting corner. Ledwidge stepped up at the corner flag to send a ball into Collins at the far post who headed the effort into the right side of goal.
Things then went from bad to worse for Wales as Ireland got their third goal of the evening before going in for half time. Ireland forward, Tyreik Wright sent a ball into the box from the left side of the pitch which was met by the headed effort of Idah. His shot was saved by Barden, however, the Welsh keeper could not collect the ball as Idah struck the ball on the rebound adding to his team’s scoring in the 39th minute. 
  • Half Time:
  • Wales
  • 0-3
  • Republic of Ireland
Into the second half and Wales had a good chance to get themselves back in the game in the 41st minute. Welsh forward, Neco Williams managed to intercept a pass back from the Irish on the left side and moved a few yards forward before taking the effort himself but the ball ended up high and wide of the goal on the right side.
The game then turned into deadlock as the Welsh played with a lot of possession and were trying their upmost to create chances and get a goal yet the Irish still remained dominate on the counter and that dominance was rewarded with a fourth and final goal in the 75th minute.
Ireland substitute, Ciaran Brennan was fed a ball through in front of goal, he then took the ball past the Welsh substitute keeper Luke Burton on the left side of the penalty box and tapped the ball into the net and sealing his team’s win. 
  • Full Time:
  • Wales
  • 0-4
  • Republic of Ireland


Republic of Ireland
1. Dan Barden (GK)
2. Jac Davies
3. Morgan Boyes
4. Keenan Patten
5. Michael Ellery
6. Cameron Evans
7. Steffan Bulkeley
8. Terry Taylor (C)
9. Daniel Griffiths
10. Neco Williams
11. Jack Vale
12. Luke Burton (GK)
13. Jamie Taylor
14. Ryan Astley
15. Sam Bowen
16. Josh Hosie
17. Lewis Cutton
18. Isaak Davies
19. Callum Watts
20. Cavan Williams
22. Bradley Gibbings
1. Kian Clarke (GK)
2. Max Murphy
4. Nathan Collins
5. Kameron Ledwidge
6. Jason Knight (C)
8. Barry Coffey
9. Adam Idah
10. Sean Brennan
11. Callum Thompson
13. Oisin McEntree
17. Tyreik Wright
3. Kevin O’Reilly
7. Marc Walsh
12. Connor O’Reilly
14. Mark McGuinness
15. Adam O’Reilly
16. Harry Clarke
18. Ryan Cassidy
19. Ray O’Sullivan
20. Luca Connelll
21. Ciaran Brennan
22. Sean Mahon
Star Player
Republic of Ireland
Coming on as a substitute is always tough for a player, especially if your team is behind. Your substitution is so that you can impact a game and change your team’s fortune and I felt Cavan Williams did just that. Although he or his team mates did not make an impact on goal, Cavan looked very comfortable on the ball as he pushed along the left flank of the pitch forcing the full back and centre halves to keep a close eye on him. The result did not go his and his team’s way today but he is a player to keep an eye out for in the next matches against Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Idah was a key part of Ireland’s success against Wales mainly due to his brace of goals. However, his overall performance was one you would expect at a professional level. He pressed the defensive backline from start to finish, was comfortable with the ball and was influential in the majority of Ireland’s attacking moves. He should be very pleased with his performance and if he can replicate his form against Scotland and Northern Ireland in the next matches then I see no reason why he shouldn’t be starting for Ireland following the end of this tournament.
Magic Moment
Republic of Ireland
Wales’ magic moment was their attack in the 47th minute as they looked very comfortable on the ball passing it around the Irish defence. This then forced the Irish to press them and opened up an opportunity for Wales to score, however, Irish keeper Kian Clarke was to deny them of this goal glory.
Ireland’s magic moment was their opening goal in the early stages of the match. It was a perfectly executed set piece that you could tell that they had been practising on prior to the match. Taking the lead so early on also set the benchmark for their performance and every player gave 100% for entirety of the match.
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