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06.04.2010 at 19:30 Tolka Park Attendance:
Rep of Ireland Under 19 4 - 2 Poland
Referee: T Connolly (Dublin) Friendly-match

Kasak (o.g.) (42)
Aaron Doran (64)
Ronan Murray (67)
Jamil Adam (80)
Kasak 71 mins,
Kaminski 90 mins.
Opening squads
Ian Mc Lauglin
Shaun Timmins
Shane Mc Eleney
Robert Kiernan
Conor Hourihane
Aaron Doran
Thomas Mc Bride
Conor Henderson
Richard Towell
James Keohane
Ronan Murray
Filip Kurto;
Krzysztof Kasak,
piotr Malarcyzk,
Marcin Kaminski,
Michal Czekal,
Bartosz Salamon,
Tomasz Holota,(c)
Michal Zyro,
Patrick Podrygala,
Mateusz Mozdzen,
Michal Kucharczyk.
Gerard Hanley
Padraic Ormsby
Cian Bolger
Gavin Gunning
Daniel Kearns
Gary Burke
Charlie Collins
Ryan Brennan
Jamil Adam
Pawel Socha,
Jakub Czerwinski,
Pawel Oleksy,
Mateusz Szalek,
Rafal Figiel.
Adrian Blad,
Cian Bolger -> Shane Mc Eleney (46)
Ryan Brennan -> Thomas Mc Bride (46)
Daniel Kearns -> James Keohane (63)
Gavin Gunning -> Conor Hourihane (68)
Gary Burke -> Aaron Doran (68)
Jamil Adam -> Ronan Murray (74)
Charlie Collins -> Conor Henderson (87)
Blad for Zyro 46 mins;
Figiel for Kurcharczyk 66 mins;
Oleksy for Kaminski 70 mins;
Szalek for Kasak 73 mins;
Czerwinski for Malarcyzk 83 mins;
Yellow cards
None. None
Red cards
None. None
Other statistics
0 Shots 0
0 Shots on goal 0
0 Offsides 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Free kicks 0
0 Penalties 0
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Republic of Ireland 4 Poland 2

It was a goal fest tonight in Tolka Park with the Republic of Ireland Under 19's beating Poland 4-2 in an exciting end to end battle.

It was a slow start to the game, with both sides moving the ball well in the middle of the park. The only two chances of the first twenty minutes fell to Ronan Murray whose tame shots were saved by Filip Kurto.

Kurto had to come to the rescue again in the 32nd minute when his courageous double save prevented Conor Henderson and Ronan Murray getting the opening goal. Almost immediately after, a Polish attack at the other end forced Irish goal keeper, Ian McLoughlin, to make a superb save from Michal Zyro's shot.

The first goal of the game came in the 42nd minute when pressure from Conor Hourihane forced Piotr Kasak to loop the ball past his goalkeeper and into the back of his own net.

Ireland started the second half well and, in the 64th minute, Aaron Doran tapped in a well deserved goal after a good cross was delivered into the box from the left by Ronan Murray. Just three minutes later, Murray made it 3-1 when he got on the end of a fine pass from Ryan Brennan who had made a blistering run down the left flank.

Krzysztof Kasak opened Poland's scoring in the 71st minute when McLoughlin couldn't fully gather a cross right into his path.

With 80 minutes on the clock, Ryan Brennan initiated another Irish goal when he dispossessed Piotr Malarczyk to give an inch perfect pass to substitute Jamil Adam who steadied himself before slotting home from ten yards.

The game had one more twist when Marcin Kaminski took his chance well to score a stoppage-time goal for Poland after Ian McLoughlin had done well to brilliantly push away a header from Bartosz Salamon.

Ireland should take confidence from their performance, where their attack scored four well-taken goals. Defender Shaun Timmins spoke in posititve tones at the final whistle,

"Our main focus tonight was to start well and put Poland under pressure early and we managed to do that in both halves.

"We got a bit sloppy in the last ten minutes which we paid for when they came back at us scoring twice. We will want to improve on that for the next game on Thursday."

Timmins commended the Polish, stating that they moved the ball well and were especially dangerous on the break.

The Republic of Ireland will host Poland in another friendly on Thursday night in Tolka Park at 7:30pm
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