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25.03.2019 at 13:00 Tallaght Stadium Attendance:
Rep of Ireland 1 - 2 Finland
Referee: Alan Carey. Friendly-match

Charlie Mc Cann (3)
Sampo Ala 35 mins;
Opening squads
Luke Turner
Jimmy Corcoran
Charlie Mc Cann
Sean Kennedy
Andrew Omibamidele
Seamus Keogh
Joe Hodge
James Furlong
Ademipo Odubeko
Conor Carty
Sean Mc Evoy
Roope Paunio;
Lassi Forss,
Samuel Uusitalo,
Tony Miettinen (capt),
Juho Lehitranta;
Paul Katajamak
Doni Arifi,
Ville Koski,
Martin Salin;
Naatan Skytta,
Sampo Ala.
Matt Everitt
Timi Sobowale
Ronan Mc Kinley
Timi Sobowale -> Sean Mc Evoy (55)
Matt Everitt -> Sean Kennedy (55)
Ronan Mc Kinley -> Ademipo Odubeko (71)
Samuel Anini Jr for Ala 61 mins;
Eetu Rissanen for Salin 61 mins;
Santeri Vaananen for Koski 61 mins;
Juho Ojanen for Arifi 76 mins;
Juho Kilo for Katajamak 76 mins;
Karlo Rimtamaki for Skytta 90+1 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
Match report
Colin O’Brien’s side had the perfect start to the game with Charlie McCann breaking the deadlock in the third minute.

Striker Mipo Odubeko’s shot was blocked in the box and McCann was quickest to pounce with a smart finish.

The visitors would win the game in the final 10 minutes of the first-half with two goals. Sampo Ala took advantage on some lapse defending to equalise for the visitors in the 35th minute.

Finland’s winning goal came three minutes before the break when Naatan Skytta’s free-kick was deflected into the net, giving goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran no chance.

Speaking after the game, Under-17 Head Coach Colin O’Brien was happy with his side’s performance, despite the defeat.

“We had a really good performance. We didn’t deserve to lose the game. We had the better of the game for the first 30 minutes," O’Brien revealed.

“It was a really good test. We’re happy with the test we got. We didn’t have it all our way, and we won't have it all our way in the tournament.”

“The players will be disappointed with the result, but there is a lot to be proud of from today.”

Republic of Ireland: Jimmy Corcoran; Sean McEvoy (Timi Sobowale 55), Andrew Omobamidele, Luke Turner, James Furlong, Joe Hodge, Seamas Keogh (capt), Sean Kennedy (Matt Everitt 55), Charlie McCann, Conor Carty; Ademipo Odubeko (Ronan McKinley 71).

Finland: Roope Paunio; Lassi Forss, Samuel Uusitalo, Tony Miettinen (capt), Juho Lehitranta; Paul Katajamak (Juho Kilo 76)i, Doni Arifi (Juho Ojanen 76), Ville Koski (Santeri Vaananen 61), Martin Salin (Eetu Rissanen 61); Naatan Skytta (Karlo Rimtamaki 90+1), Sampo Ala (Samuel Anini Jr. 61).

Referee: Alan Carey.
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