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Watch: QPR and Derry youngsters on target as clinical Ireland dispatch Iceland

Ryan Manning and the Hale brothers were on target for Noel King’s side.

Updated at 22.45

IRELAND U21S EARNED a 3-1 victory over Iceland in a friendly at Tallaght Stadium this evening.

The Derry City pair of Ronan Curtis and Rory Hale linked up in the opening seconds of the game, with the latter firing home to give Ireland the best possible start.

Ryan Manning doubled Ireland’s advantage five minutes before the break, with Curtis playing him through, before the QPR starlet unleashed an emphatic finish.

Stefan Ljubicic got a goal back for the visitors on 67 minutes, before Ireland ended on a high, with Ronan Hale making it three.

The result sets Noel King’s side up perfectly ahead of their important Uefa U21 European Championship qualifier against Azerbaijan on Tuesday.

King said afterwards: “We’re really happy with the performance. We scored some great goals and seeing how many changes we made, it shows a great strength and depth in the squad.

“We let them come on to us during the second-half but I thought we managed it well and deserved the victory. It is great preparation for us going into Tuesday’s game. We need to perform to those levels once again to get an important three points.”

Republic of Ireland: Liam Bossin (GK), Liam Kinsella, Danny Kane (Jake Doyle Hayes 85), Ryan Sweeney (Ryan Delaney 46) Corey Whelan (James Dunne 72), Josh Cullen, Connor Dimaio, Joe Quigley (Ronan Hale 68), Ryan Manning, Ronan Curtis, Rory Hale (Olamide Shodipo 46).

Subs not used: Caoimhin Kelleher (GK).

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