25.02.2015 at 19:00 Tallaght Stadium
Rep of Ireland Under 19
6 - 0
Jamie Mc Grath
Elgyun Ulukhanov ,
Tayyar Mammadov ,
Elnur Suleymanov ,
Republic of Ireland 6-0 Azerbaijan
The Irish started very brightly with Eoghan Stokes causing the first threat in the second minute when he cut in from the left and fired in a low strike that keeper Aghaseyid Gasimov did well to hold.
In the fifth minute Stokes threatened again with a spectacular over-head kick but it landed on the roof of the Azeri net.
Three minutes later Ross Mann had a powerful strike held by the keeper as Ireland continued to push for an opener and in the 16th minute it duly arrived as Dessie Hutchinson fired home with a powerful strike from the edge of the box.
Gasimov then had to reacted smartly to parry another crisp strike from Joel Coustrain in the 23rd minute as a second goal looked on the cards.
However just four minutes later Irish keeper Harry Doherty showed his quality when he made a point blank save to deny Ilkin Sadigov header that appeared to deflect off a defender.
Ireland duly extended their lead when Jamie McGrath's low strike deflected off a defender and beats the keeper from close range.
The second half started with a bang for Ireland with McGrath adding his second goal of the evening with a clever lobbed effort just two minutes after the restart.
Ireland went 4-0 up in the 67th minute when substitute Ryan Manning turned home a header with one of his first touches of the game following a neat left-wing cross from Cieron Keane.
The fifth goal came in the 74th minute when Manning steered the ball home from a Jack Hallahan cross and just 60 seconds later Hallahan converted from a low cross by Joel Coustrain for Ireland's sixth goal.
The two sides will meet again at the same venue on Friday afternoon (3.00pm).
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Harry Doherty, Liam Kinsella, Noe Baba, Kevin Toner, Cieron Keane, Ross Mann, Billy Murphy, Dessie Hutchinson, Joel Coustrain, Jamie McGrath, Eoghan Stokes. Subs: Val Feeney for McGrath 63 mins, Ryan Manning for Stokes 63, Jack Hallahan for Mann 63, Liam Bossin for Doherty 73;
AZERBAIJAN: Aghaseyid Gasimov, Elgyun Ulukhanov , Yusif Nabiyev, Tayyar Mammadov , Bahlul Mustafazade, Elnur Suleymanov , Mahir Madatov, Emin Zamanov, Ilkin Sadigov, Vadim Agaragimov, Fahmin Muradbayli. Subs: Ulvi Ibazada for Mammadov 46; Mansur Nahavandi for Suleymanov 46; Mirkamil Hashimli for Zamanov 46; Renat Agaverdiev for Ulukhanov 64, Mahammad Mammadov for Agaragimov 64,
FIXTURES & RESULTS
U19 International Friendlies
Wednesday, February 25
Republic of Ireland 6-0 Azerbaijan, Tallaght Stadium
Friday, February 27
Republic of Ireland v Azerbaijan, Tallaght Stadium (3.00pm)