06.09.2009 at 19:30 Richmond Park
Rep of Ireland Under 19
2 - 0
Referee: Neil Doyle
Clarion Hotel Four-nation Tour / PROG T/S-match
Shane Mc Eleney
Darren Mc Auley
REP OF IRELAND 2-0 TURKEY
Republic of Ireland Under-19 captain Conor Clifford led by example as his brace earned a deserved victory over Turkey at Richmond Park in the Clarion Hotel Four-nation tournament. 377558
Sean McCaffrey made three changes to his starting team from the side that drew 1-1 against the Netherlands on Saturday evening. Shane McEleney slotted into central defence alongside Rob Kiernan, Darren McCauley was given the holding role in midfield while Joe Mason led the attack.
Early attempts by Callum O'Connor and Robbie Brady signaled Ireland's attacking strengths and Joe Mason was provided with a gilt-edged opportunity for the opener on 20 minutes when he was released through the middle by Greg Cunningham.
The Plymouth Argyle forward had a clear sight on goal but credit to Turkish goalkeeper Eray Iscan for advancing quickly and smothering the shot.
The Irish were given a scare on 25 minutes when Erhan Karaher's speculative shot from the right glanced off Cunningham and spun against the far post but they would benefit from a deflection soon after.
Ireland forged ahead two minutes later through captain Conor Clifford. The Chelsea midfielder received a quickly-taken free-kick from Robbie Brady in a central position 40 yards from goal and unleashed a shot that took a deflection off a Turkish defender on its way high into the net.
O'Connor tested Iscan in the last action of the first half as Ireland looked for a second goal and the Blackburn Rovers youngster, who scored against the Dutch on Saturday, continued to be lively after the break.
Three minutes in, he worked an opening from the right wing only to be denied by the ‘keeper once more and, shortly afterwards, his downward header from Brady's left-wing cross bounced up off the surface and then off the crossbar.
Joe Mason had another one-one with the goalkeeper on the hour mark but Iscan got down well to his left to foil the striker.
Turkey didn't trouble Ger Hanley in the Irish goal for the remainder of the game and Ireland put the gloss on a superb display with a second goal three minutes from time.
Substitute David Heagney set up the opening by crossing from the right to the onrushing Clifford - allowing the playmaker to skip past his marker and fire home from eight yards.
The tournament concludes on Tuesday when Ireland take on Portugal, who were by Holland in today's other game, at Tallaght Stadium (3pm) knowing that victory could secure the trophy for hosts.
IRELAND: Ger Hanley (Galway United); Richie Towell (Celtic), Rob Kiernan (Watford), Shane McEleney (Derry City), Greg Cunningham (Manchester City); Callum O'Connor (Blackburn Rovers), Darren McCauley (Derry City), Conor Clifford (Chelsea), Conor Hourihane (Sunderland), Robert Brady (Manchester United); Joe Mason (Plymouth Argyle)
Subs: Jamil Adam (Barnsley) for Hourihane (58 mins), David Heagney (Huddersfield Town) for O'Connor (65 mins), Ronan Murray (Ipswich Town) for Brady (66 mins), Stephen McDonnell (Celtic) for Mason (73 mins)
TURKEY: Eray Iscan, Erhan Karaher, Cenk Guveng, Emrah Yolly, Volkan Dikmen, Abdulkadir Kayali, Ozturk Karatas, Tolga Metolglu, Furkan Aydin, Erkan KAs, Abdulkadir Ozdemir.
Subs: Alper Pilig, Cem Sultan, Soner Aydogdu, Alder Kalemci, Atilla Aybas Garhan, Serag Eren, Resul Ekrem Turhan.
REFEREE: Neil Doyle.
Clarion Hotels U19 Four Nations Tournament Results and Fixtures
Republic of Ireland 1-1 Netherlands
Portugal 1-0 Turkey
Netherlands 3-1 Portugal
Republic of Ireland 2-0 Turkey
Turkey v Netherlands - 13.00hrs, Carlisle Grounds
Republic of Ireland v Portugal - 15.00hrs, Tallaght Stadium