07.02.2008 at 19:30 Home Farm's Ground Whitehall
Rep of Ireland Under 19
0 - 2
Referee: Derek Tomney
Petr Wojnar 37 mins;
Tomas Faban 88 mins,
James Mc Keown
Under-19 Friendly International
Home Farm FC, Dublin
Republic of Ireland 0-2 Czech Republic
The Republic of Ireland conceded a goal in each half against a talented Czech Republic team tonight to suffer their second defeat of the week.
The Czech’s won the first part of the double-header on Tuesday with a narrow 1-0 victory at United Park in Drogheda.
As was the case 48 hours earlier, Ireland enjoyed lots of possession and got deliveries into the penalty area but found worthwhile chances difficult to come by.
Ireland were the better team in the opening ten minutes and could have gone ahead only for Michael Daly’s close range shot to be blocked by a defender.
The visitors began to string passes together and their captain Petr Wojnar had a growing influence on proceedings.
He chipped in a free-kick after 32 minutes towards the back post where Martin Holek failed to apply a proper connection on his header and the ball drifted wide.
Wojnar had better luck after 37 minutes with a perfectly executed free-kick that gave the visitors a half-time advantage.
Irish defender Seamus Sharkey bundled over the Czech captain 25 yards out from goal and he promptly dispatched the free-kick past goalkeeper James McKeown.
Daly came close to scoring for Ireland with a wicked drive from distance that Czech goalkeeper Michal Barta was forced to turn over the crossbar for a corner.
The nearest Ireland came to drawing level was two chances in the space of eight minutes as the game entered its last quarter of an hour.
Substitute Graham Carey curled a free-kick over the defensive wall only for it to angle wide before his Celtic colleague Paul Cahillane raced clear down the left shortly afterwards and steered a shot wide of the far post.
Ireland were hit with a sucker punch two minutes from full-time when the Czechs struck a second goal.
Peter Wojnar was involved again, skipping past a defender on the right and cutting the ball back from the end-line to the inrushing Tomas Faban who converted with a firmly struck shot from six yards.
IRELAND: James McKeown (Peterborough United), Julian Kelly (Reading), Gavin Donoghue (Sunderland), Seamus Sharkey (Derry City), Ian Bermingham (UCD), Paul Cahillane (Celtic), Michael Spillane (Norwich City), Michael Daly (Manchester City), Danny Earls (Aston Villa), David Hutton (Tottenham Hotspur), Chris Fagan (Manchester United).
Substitutions: Alan Lynch (Bohemians) and Ruairi Harkin (Charlton Athletic) for Fagan and Earls (46 mins), Graham Carey (Celtic) for Hutton (74 mins), David McDaid (Derry City) for Cahillane (85 mins)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Michal Barta, Roman Brunclik, Ondrej Celustka, Peter Wojnar, Vlastimil Polak, Pavel Dvorak, Tomas Faban, Martin Holek, Tomas Nuc, Pavel Dreska, Petr Reinberk
Referee: Derek Tomney.