Ireland 1 USA 0
Brian Kerr's injury ravaged under 17 team showed the seniors how to beat the Yanks. Despite losing over half their first picks for the Lisbon Invitational Tournament, Kerr's youngsters were far too good for the Americans and the 1-0 scoreline was an unrealistic reflection on the game.
Robert Doyle of Blackburn Rovers got Ireland's only goal of the game and what a beauty it was. The striker hit a half-volley from 30 yards which flew over the head of American goalkeeper Steve Cronin giving him no chance.
"It was a fantastic goal - no more than Robert deserved," said Kerr.
Ireland could and should have added to their tally in the second period but chances came and went for Martin Cramer, John Lester, Michael Keane and Sean Malee.
Ireland play Norway today and finish the competition with a game against the hosts, Portugal, on Sunday. A competition win would be great relief for Kerr as his underage teams have underachieved so far this international season.
Ireland: Billy McMahon (West Ham), David Van Zantan (Celtic), Danny Murphy (QPR), Colm Daly (Ipswich Town), Alan McDermott (Manchester Utd), Martin Cramer (Leeds Utd), John Lester (Everton), Joe Gamble (Cork City), Michael Keane (Preston), JJ Melligan (Wolves), Robert Doyle (Blackburn).
Subs:Sean Malee (Galway United) for Melligan; Derek Treston (Belvedere) for Daly; Declan Field (Arsenal) for Keane; Ger Robinson (Middlesbrough) for Doyle.