Ireland's youngsters beaten by 10-man England in Tallaght

The Three Lions prevailed ultimately despite the dismissal of their Dublin-born full-back Dennis Cirkin.

Ireland's Luke Turner dejected.
Ireland's Luke Turner dejected.
Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

IRELAND U17S SUFFERED a disappointing 3-1 loss to England at Tallaght Stadium tonight.

The match was the Boys in Green’s opening fixture in a tournament that will also see them face Czech Republic and Germany in Dublin on 11 and 14 November.

Colin O’Brien’s side got off to a bad start, with goals from Harvey Elliott and Alexander Mighten seeing the visitors secure a two-goal first-half lead.

However, Festy Ebosele’s successful spot kick gave Ireland hope going in at the break, as did the dismissal of England’s Dublin-born full-back Dennis Cirkin.

But the visitors prevailed ultimately, with a late goal from substitute Sam Greenwood sealing the victory.

“It was a great game for us to get against very good opposition,” O’Brien said afterwards. “England are a quality side. I thought tonight we were very good for long periods. What the players learned tonight was that mistakes around the box can be punished.

“We had a brilliant response after England’s second goal. We deserved to score just before the break. Tonight was a fantastic education for the players. We’re disappointed to lose, but there was encouraging performances.”

Republic of Ireland: Jimmy Corcoran; Seamas Keogh (capt), Luke Turner, Cian Kelly, James Furlong; Brandon Holt, Joe Hodge; Matt Everitt, Timi Sobowale (Joshua Giurgi 63), Festy Ebosele (Sean Kennedy 90+3); Conor Carty.

England: James Trafford (Louie Moulden 46); Yunus Musah, Nathan Wood-Gordon, Dynel Simeu, Dennis Cirken; Jensen Weir, Miguel Azeez, Fabio Carvalho (capt) (Hayden Roberts 46); Harvey Elliott (Benjamin Knight 77), Joe Gelhardt (Morgan Rogers 63), Alexander Mighten (Sam Greenwood 63).

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