04.03.2014 at 19:30 Turners Cross
Rep of Ireland Under 19
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Referee: G Kelly
Josh O Hanlon
Kyle Mc Fadden
Ireland U19's defeated by Romania in friendly
Republic of Ireland 1 Romania 2
THE Republic of Ireland U19 side were defeated 2-1 by Romania in a friendly international at Turner's Cross this evening with Cork City's Darren Murphy getting a late goal for the home side.
Murphy was sprung from the bench with just ten minutes remaining but made the most of his opportunity to head home a late corner kick and give Paul Doolin’s side something tangible to take from the game.
When Murphy struck Ireland were already two goals behind after Romania substitute George Puscas struck twice early in the second half to take control of the game.
Puscas’ first came just seven minutes after his half-time introduction when he pounced to slot the ball home after Ireland goalkeeper Eric Grimes parried Dorin Rotariu’s initial shot.
The goal was tough justice on Doolin’s side who had been well in the game until the half-time break and had played some excellent football.
They were unlucky not to open the scoring in the first half when first Shamrock Rovers’ Sean Heaney went close with a headed attempt before Liam Kelly forced a good save from the Romanian goalkeeper Razvan Patrariu inside the opening 20 minutes.
Ireland also had claims for a penalty in the first half when Josh O’Hanlon was upended by centre-half Cristian Bocsan but referee Graham Kelly dismissed the appeals.
Worse was to follow just eight minutes later when Puscas was again on hand to steer the ball home after Cristian Bocsan effort was again parried into his path.
To their credit Ireland continued to test the Romanian defence and got their reward when Murphy found the target in the 91st minute.
The two sides meet again in Blarney on Thursday afternoon.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: E Grimes, N Baba, B Moseley, K McFadden (C), S Heaney, A Browne, C Dimaio, D Kavanagh, J O’Hanlon, L Kelly, A Wixted.
Substitutions: D Cleary for McFadden (half-time), A O’Sullivan for Kelly (60mins), A O’Hanlon for A Wixted (60 mins), T Mulrooney for A Browne (80 mins), D Murphy for Dimaio (80 mins), B McLaughlin for O’Hanlon (80 mins) .
ROMANIA: R Patrariu, R Bajan, N Vasile, C Bocsan, B Vasile, C Achim, A Paun, I Serban, C Barbut, I Vina, A Tarnovan. Substitutions: D Rotariu for C Barbut, G Puscas for A Tarnovan (both half-time), D Popadiuc, R Boboc for Serban (both 62), A Cerlinca & D Dumitrascu for Vina & B Vasile (76 mins), V Mutiu for Patrariu (83 mins).
Referee: G Kelly