Ireland drew 0-0 with Ukraine in Terryland Park last night in their second game of the Ukraine short tour of Ireland. The games are being used as part of Ireland's build up for the Under 19 UEFA Championship to be held in Macedonia in October.
Back:A Agnew, T Connolly, S Mc Caffrey, Spillane, Power, Harkin, Henderson,Jackson,Ferry, Mason,Onwubiko,Treacy, Madden, Gleeson, P Phelan, R O'Callaghan
Front:Cassidy, Salmon, Nolan, Bayly, Fitzgerald, Tracey,O'Sullivan
Pictures from the match
Ireland had beaten Ukraine 2-1 at the same venue on Tuesday night.
Sean Mc Caffrey manager of the Under 19 team expressed his satisfaction after the result ” We made 6 changes from Tuesday’s game and another 6 changes during the game. The week gave me an opportunity to have a closer look at players and I have been very impressed with their ability and discipline during the week”
The game started on a very good note for Ireland when due to technical difficulties the National Anthem could not be played. However Jenni Stanley Administrator stood into the breach and gave a rendition of the National Anthem that would stir any team.
Whether this had an effect on the players or not is debateable but they certainly started in bright fashion with Robert Bayley showing that he was going to be a handful on the night.
On one such run Bayley ran the full length of the pitch and crossed for Alan Power to fire home at this first attempt but Nepogodov in the Ukraine goal had to dive full length to save at the butt of the post.
The game seemed to settle down into a battle between the two midfield’s with little action at either end.
Mark salmon one of the layers that had not started in the first game aws having a stirring game in the centre of midfield and he was certainly doing his chances of selection for Macedonia no harm at all.
Playing alongside Alan Power they gave nothing away and were more than capable of repelling any advances made by the Ukraine while at the same time starting their own attacks.
After 34 minutes Bayley set up Salmon whose shot from 35 yards was just a notch too high for the Ukraine goal.
Half Time Ireland 0 Ukraine 0
Sean Mc Caffrey brought on Eugene Ferry for Stephen Henderson and Stephen Gleeson for Ruairi Harkin. Ferry Will be hoping that his international future will be as quiet as the second half last night as he was never really troubled but anything that he got to do he handled with the assurance of a seasoned international.
Salmon was still the main tormentor and after 11 minutes he set up Gleeson but his shot went well wide.
Keith Treacy came on for Anthony Treacy after 57 minutes and was only on the pitch a minute when he set up Mark Salmon when his shot went narrowly wide.
Ireland should have went ahead after the keeper Nepogodov came for a cross and made a mess of it the ball falling to Andrew Jackson who passed to Gleeson and he set up Bayley but his goal bound shot was headed clear by Captain Pashayev.
Another great cross by Treacy went agonisingly across the goal with the inrushing forwards unable to get on the end of the cross.
That was the final chance and the game tethered out into a tame draw
Ukraine: Dmytro Nepogodov (Olympic Marseille), Pavlo Pashayev (Dniro Dnipropetrovsk ) Capt; Maksym Pashayev (Dniro Dnipropetrovsk ); Andriy Hryhoryk (Krivbas Kryvy Rig); Igor Rudiuk (Dynamo Kiev)Mykola Morozyuk (Dynamo Kiev);Volodymyr Bidovskyy (Karpaty Lviv);Yevhen Nadtochiy (Obolon Kiev); Vadym Rodina (Dynamo Kiev);Maxym Zannchkvskvyy (Dniro Dnipropetrovsk ) leg Golodiuk (Karpty Lviv)
Subs: Anton Postupalenko for Bidlovskyy 58 mins; Brovchenko for Nadtochiy 69 mins; Honcharuk for Zaynchkvskyy 85 mins
Ireland: Stephen Henderson (Aston Villa) Matthew Cassidy (Bolton Wand) Edward Nolan (Blackburn Rvrs) capt Michael Spillane (Norwich) Lorcan Fitzgerlad (West Ham Utd);Ruairi Harkin (Charlton Ath); Alan Power (Nottingham For);Mark Salmon (Wolverhampton W) Robert Bayley (Leeds Utd); Andrew Jackson (St Johnston) Anthony Mason (Plymouth Argyle)
Subs: Eugene Ferry (Derry City) for Henderson, Stephen Gleeson (Wolverhampton W) for Harkin; both at HT; Keith Treacy (Blackburn Rvrs) for Mason 56 mins;Simon Madden (Leeds Utd) for Robert Bayley 69 mins; Emeka Onwubiko (St Kevins Boys ) for Jackson 73mins; James O’Sullivan (UCD) for Salmon 77 mins
Referee: N Doyle (Dublin); T Ryan(Limerick); M O’Brien(Clare) P Sutton (Clare)