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12.02.2008 at 19:30 Athlone Town Stadium Attendance: 1100
Under 15 4 - 1 Latvia
Referee: T Kelly Tournament-match

Goalscorers
Daniel Devine (23)
Daniel Mc Guinness (27)
Daniel Mc Guinness (29)
Daniel Purdy (46)
Edgars Verdins 38 mins
Opening squads
Alan Smith
Conor Morrissey
Robert Maloney
Sean Mc Ginty
Daniel Devine
James Kavanagh
John O'Sullivan
Shane Byrne
Gary Merritt
Daniel Mc Guinness
Daniel Purdy
Andris Zabusovs,
Vitalijs Barinovs,
Sergejs Rebizovs,
Agris Otankism,
Arturs Reinis,
Aleksejs Gilnics, (C),
Roberts Savalnieks,
Edgars Vardanjans,
Filips Petrenko,
Edgars Verdins,
Jurijs Arhipovs-Prokofjevs
Substitutes
Sean Mc Dermott
Neill Byrne
Michael Barker
Derrick Williams
Carl Mc Hugh
Ryan Markey
Adam Pigott
Raivo Varazinskis,
Kristians Bozis,
Vladimirs Mukins,
Ojars Ostrovskis,
Ivans Visockis,
Artjoms Loginovs,
Artjoms Stasko
Substitutions
Ryan Markey -> Gary Merritt (51)
Adam Pigott -> Daniel Purdy (51)
Neill Byrne -> Sean Mc Ginty (58)
Michael Barker -> Shane Byrne (63)
Ivans Visockis for Vardanjans 41 mins;
Vladmir Mukins for Petrenko 41 mins;
Kristians Bizis for Archipovs-Prokofjevs 60 mins;
Artjoms Stasko for Verdins 70 mins;
Artjoms Logonivs for Savalnieks 70 mins;
Yellow cards
None. Filips Petrenko
Sergejs Rebizos 35 mins;
Red cards
None. None
Match report


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Republic of Ireland 4-1 Latvia

The Republic of Ireland started with more purpose than their Latvian counterparts who looked to soak up the Irish pressure early on.

Irish striker, Daniel Purdy almost gave the Irish a deserved lead after 19 minutes, he ran on to a Daniel McGuinness cross but he saw his headed effort flash past the Latvian goal.

The Irish opened the scoring after 23 minutes, midfielder, James Kavanagh provided a perfectly flighted corner-kick into the box and Belvedere's Daniel Devine rose above everyone in the box to power his header past Latvian keeper, Zabusovs.

The opening goal seemed to inspire the Irish attack line and they got a second four minutes later, Daniel Prunty chased a long ball down the right flank and he provided a pin-point cross into the six yard which evaded the keeper and his strike partner, Daniel McGuinness was on-hand to slide the ball home from close range.

As the Irish continued to cause the Latvian back-line severe problems, it was the Lourdes Celtic hit-man, Daniel McGuinness who punished some slack Latvian defending. Daniel Purdy burst through the box and his shot was blocked by the on-rushing defenders, James Kavanagh let loose from the rebound which was blocked into the path of McGuinness who made no mistake of his finish from close range.

Latvia clawed a goal back just before half-time with a sublime effort by Latvian striker, Verdins. He collected the ball at the edge of the box from a pass by teammate, Petrenko and he curled a well-placed shot beyond the reaches of Alan Smith in the Ireland goal.

Vincent Butler's side began the second with the same force which gave his side a comfortable lead at half-time. After 46 minutes, Daniel Purdy chased down a long ball from the Irish midfield, he let the ball run over this shoulder and struck a half-volley from 15 yards, placing it well out of the Latvian keepers reach to make the scores 4-1.

The Irish maintained their dominance throughout the second half in which Latvia failed to register any real meaningful attempt on Alan Smith’s goal. After today’s results, Vincent Butler’s side will face Turkey at Tullamore tomorrow evening knowing that victory will go some way to deciding the winners of the FAI International Midland Tournament.

Referee: T. Kelly

Republic of Ireland: Alan Smith, Conor Morrissey, Robert Maloney, Sean McGinty, Daniel Devine (C), James Kavanagh, John O’ SullivanShane Byrne, Daniel McGuinness, Daniel Purdy, Gary Merritt,

Substitutes: Sean McDermott, Neil Byrne (on for McGinty, 58 Mins), Michael Barker (on for Shane Byrne, 63 Mins), Derrick Williams, Carl McHugh, Ryan Markey (on for Merritt,51 mins) , Adam Pigott (on for Purdy, 51 Mins)

Latvia: Andris Zabusovs, Vitalijs Barinovs, Sergejs Rebizovs, Agris Otankism, Arturs Reinis, Aleksejs Gilnics, (C), Roberts Savalnieks, Edgars Vardanjans, Filips Petrenko, Edgars Verdins, Jurijs Arhipovs-Prokofjevs

Substitutes: Raivo Varazinskis, Kristians Bozis, Vladimirs Mukins, Ojars Ostrovskis, Ivans Visockis, Artjoms Loginovs, Artjoms Stasko

FAI Midlands International Tournament Information

Tuesday 12th February
Athlone Town Stadium
Belgium 1-2 Turkey
Kick-off: 5.30 pm

Republic of Ireland 4-1 Latvia
Kick-off: 7.30pm

Wednesday 13th February
Tullamore AFC
Belgium v Latvia
Kick-off: 5.30 pm

Republic of Ireland v Turkey
Kick-off: 7.30 pm

Friday 15th February
Athlone Town Stadium
Turkey v Latvia
Kick-off: 10.00 am

Republic of Ireland v Belgium
Kick-off: 12.00 pm
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