06.12.2006 at 16:00 Stade Entente SSG
Rep of Ireland Under 19
0 - 1
Friendly / PROG T/S-match
Spillane OG 30 mins,
Jay O Shea
Damien Da Silva,
Malaury Martin (Capt),
Kevin Monnet Paquet,
France 1-0 Republic of Ireland Martin 30
Tommy Connolly, Sheridan, Spillane, Roddy, Jackson, Redmond, Henderson, O'Shea, Davis, Arter, Dennehy, Sean Mc Caffrey
(Front)Joe Walsh,Rooney, Power, Fitzgerald,Cassidy, Bayly, Cahillane,Lowry, Cambridge, Jenni Stanley
Pictures from the match
Ireland produced a solid performance against France this afternoon in Paris but lost the friendly game through a winner by Marcin on the half hour mark.
Irish Manager Sean McCaffrey used the exercise to give all 18 squad members a run-out and they came close to holding the French to a draw in front of a home crowd of 7,000.
Ireland started very nervously – was it the large attendance or was it the watching Steve Staunton who took this opportunity to run the rule over Ireland’s next generation. Whatever it was Ireland could have found themselves behind after only two minutes when Plessis a tall gangling midfielder just failed to get on the end ofa cross by Captain Melaury Martin.
After four minutes Martin found himself in space and shot over from 25 yards out.
France got a free kick after 10 minutes when a free kick set up Monnet Paquet who swivelled on the penalty spot but shot wide.
Ireland got more into the game and began passing the ball around.
James O’Shea, making his first appearance for Ireland at this level, had the team’s best chance to score in the first-half but the Bray Wanderers’ striker saw his volley brilliantly saved by the hosts’ goalkeeper after being set up by captain Robert Bayly.
France took the lead after 30 minutes when a harshly awarded free-kick by Marcin took a deflection off an Irish defender Michael Spillane leaving Ireland ‘keeper Stephen Henderson helpless to prevent the ball flying into the net.
Just before the break a clash of heads between Bayley and Baysse saw both players needing lengthy attention but both players continued after treatment.
Ireland were forced to make a substitution approaching half-time when Harry Arter picked up an injury with Paul Cahillane substituting and they introduced a further three players at the break.
The changes at half time seemed to have a settling effect and the team as a whole looked a stronger outfit.
The first chance of the second half fell to Paul Cahillane and his first time header went narrowly wide.
Another chance fell to one of Ireland’s half-time changes, Scott Davies, who had a good opportunity to equalise, as did captain Robert Bayly, but both were denied with their efforts.
Ireland played much better in the second half with Bayly and Power controlling the middle but Sheridan and Rooney got little joy out of the French central pairing of Boacly and Konki who were a joy to watch.
France with a typical piece of forward play nearly went two up when after intricate interplay tore the Irish apart a shot by Martin came back off the crossbar.
With full time approaching Alan Power (My man of the match) received a bang on the head that resulted in him being concussed and rushed off the hospital where he was kept overnight. Alan was in good condition and all examinations proved positive it was only a case of caution that resulted in him being kept overnight
Manager Sean McCaffrey was delighted with the display of his team: ““It’s a great experience for any player to have an opportunity of playing an International game in front of 7,000 spectators.”
“We used a very young squad after having to find replacements for nine of the original selection who had to withdraw because of injuries or club commitments.”
He concluded: We saw a lot of new faces today and the new young players did extremely well. That means we have more options available to us for the competitive games in the New Year.”
The Ireland squad are looking forward to competing in the second, Elite phase of the UEFA qualifiers from May 14-19 2007 when they will join Germany, Hungary and Bulgaria in a round-robin tournament from which the winners will advance to the Championship finals in Austria.
Ireland received the good news today that their qualifying series will be played in Ireland at venues to be selected by the FAI in consultation with UEFA.
Republic of Ireland:
Stephen Henderson, Aston Villa
Matthew Cassidy, Bolton Wanderers
Lorcan Fitzgerald, West Ham
Harry Arter, Charlton Athletic
Michael Spillane, Norwich City
Darren Dennehy, Everton
Alan Power, Notts Forest
Adam Rooney, Stoke City
Robert Bayly, Leeds Utd. (Captain)
Andrew Jackson, St. Johnstone
James O Shea, Bray Wanderers
Paul Cahillane, Celtic for Arter (43 mins),Shane Redmond, Notts Forest (GK) for Henderson (Half-time),Scott Davies, Reading for Jackson (Half-time),Cillian Sheridan, Celtic for O’Shea (Half-time), Shane Lowry, Aston Villa 18 for Fitzgerald (63 mins),Gareth Cambridge, Cobh Ramblers for Cassidy (75 mins), Michael Roddy, Bolton Wanderers for Rooney (78 mins).
France: Kevin Olympa,(FC Bordeuax) Garry Bocaly,(O Marseille) Damien Da Silva, (Chamois Niortais) Paul Baysse,(Bordeaux) Yannick Konki,(FC Sochaux) Etienne Capoue,(Toulouse FC) Malaury Martin (Capt),(Monaco)) Steve Pinau, (Monaco)Kevin Monnet Paquet,(Lens) Damien Plessis,(O Lyonnais) Quentin Othon,(Strasbourg)
Subs: Marvin Martin(FC Socheaux) for Quentin Othon (ht) Thomas Hertaux (Caen) for Etienne Capoue 58mins, Anthony Modeste (Nice) for Steve Pinau 70mins, Lossemy Karaboue(O Lyonnais) for Kevin Monnet Paquet 87 mins