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07.08.2014 at 15:00 Attendance:
Malta 1 - 1 Rep of Ireland
Referee: Tournament-match

None Conor Levingston (73)
Opening squads
Caoimhin Kelleher
Darragh Leahy
Trevor Clarke
Robin Walsh
JJ Lunney
Conor Davis
Shane Hanney
Louis Dunne
Jean Yves Poame
Jake Doyle Hayes
Avis Ganyliu
Conor Masterson
Brandon Payne
Conor Levingston
Zachary Elbouzedi
Josh Barrett
None Conor Masterson -> Robin Walsh (20)
Brandon Payne -> Jean Yves Poame (41)
Josh Barrett -> Trevor Clarke (55)
Zachary Elbouzedi -> Louis Dunne (55)
Conor Levingston -> Avis Ganyliu (65)
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
Match report
Republic of Ireland 1-1 Malta

THE Republic of Ireland U17 side drew 1-1 with Malta at an invitational tournament in Telki, Hungary, this afternoon.

Tom Mohan's side scored a 73rd minute equaliser through Conor Levingston after Malta had scored from a deflected effort in the first half.

The Maltese started the game at a good tempo and put pressure on the Irish defence but the new Irish back four where very solid to subdue their opponents' attack.

Ireland were unfortunate not to open the scoring in the 13th minute with a free-kick that grazed the Maltese crossbar.

Three minutes later Malta scored after a counter-attack which ended with an effort that took an awkward deflection from and looped over goalkeeper and into the Irish net.

Ireland came close to levelling a number of times and in the 32th minute Trevor Clarke drew an impressive save from Malta keeper Tim Aquilina.

The Irish upped the tempo after the break and Malta appeared to have all 11 men inside their own half for most of the second half.

After Mohan made some changes to their personnel they increased the pressure. In the 62nd minute Josh Barrett had a goal disallowed for offside.

The sustained pressure on the Malta goal led to an equaliser after an impressive 14 pass move with Levingston getting on the end of the 73rd minute cross to steer home.

Ireland looked to snatch a winner but it never came with Conor Davis having a penalty claim rejected in the 78th minute.

"We made seven changes from the first game but we created so many chances and had to keep going right to the end to equalise. The performance was really good and the players should understand that the way we played was very good," said Mohan.

"We kept passing it and were patient but we created numerous opportunities and weren't effective enough in front of goal. Conor was calm to finish it off to level but we must have created more than 15 chances.

"Obviously you want to win these games but it's been a good learning curve for us and we've seen everybody. We learn a lot about the players in these games. We'll turn our mind to the Serbia game on Saturday but all these games are about preparing for the UEFA qualifiers in September."

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Caoimhin Kelleher, Robin Walsh (Conor Masterson 20), Trevor Clarke (Josh Barrett 55), Jonathan Lunney, Jake Doyle-Hayes, Avis Ganiyu (Conor Levingston 65), Jean Yves Poame (Brandon Payne 41), Darragh Leahy, Conor Davis, Louis Dunne (Zachary Elbouzedi 55), Shane Hanney.


Tuesday, August 5
U17 Invitational Tournament
Hungary 1-0 Republic of Ireland, Dorog

Thursday, August 7
U17 Invitational Tournament
Republic of Ireland 1-1 Malta, Telki

Saturday, August 9
U17 Invitational Tournament
Republic of Ireland v Serbia, Telki (2.30pm)
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