Republic of Ireland Under 16's

Republic of  Ireland Under 16's Lose Out to Turkey

In their final match in the Malta International Tournament, the Republic of Ireland  Under 16's lost 3 - 0 to Turkey on Thursday 20th March. Ireland won 1 - 0 over Italy 1 - 0 on Sunday and then defeated the hosts Malta 5 - 0 on Tuesday before losing to the tournament winners Turkey. Belvedere's Danny Joyce, Leigh Swords and Sean Skelly were part of managers Vincent Butler's 18 man squad for this friendly tournament.

Ireland will complete their fixture list with two home matches against Germany next month. The double-header will be played on Tuesday, April 8th at Blarney United in Cork and on Thursday April 10th at Listowel Celtic in Kerry.

Ireland: Ciaran Gallagher (Castlefin), Daniel Joyce (Belvedere), Mark O'Brien (Cherry Orchard), Anthony O'Connor (Kilreen Celtic), Daniel Fitzsimons (Millwall) Sean Stewart (St. Kevin’s Boys), Shane Murray (Arklow Town), Sean Skelly (Belvedere), Ryan Connolly (Derby County), Oliver Kelly (Reading), Selcuk Tidim (FC St.Pauli).
Substitutes: Leigh Swords (Belvedere) for Joyce (55 mins), Stephen McDOnnell (Quay Celtic) for Kelly (65 mins), Eoin Wearen (St. Kevin’s Boys) for Murray, Timothy Pilkington (SC Freiburg) for Stewart, Aaron McCarey (Monaghan United) for Gallagher and John Egan (Greenwood) for O’Connor (All 74 mins).

Malta International Tournament Results
Sunday, 16th March
Italy 0-1 Republic of Ireland
National Stadium Training Grounds
Kick-off: 11.00am

Tuesday, 18th March
Malta 0-5 Republic of Ireland
National Stadium Training Grounds
Kick-off: 1.00pm

Thursday, 20th March
Turkey 3-0 Republic of Ireland
National Stadium Training Grounds
Kick-off: 11.00am.



Republic of Ireland Under 16 's v Israel
The Republic of Ireland Under 16's played Israel in two friendly international matches on Monday 4th and Wednesday 6th February 2008 at the Ness Ziona Stadium. The first match ended even at 1 - 1, while Ireland won the second match 1 - 0.  Manager Vincent Butler brought an 18 man squad to Israel which included Belvedere's Danny Joyce, Leigh Swords and Sean Skelly.

Republic of Ireland Squad
Anthony Bolger – St. Kevins FC
Robert Brady – Manchester United FC
Ryan Connolly – Derby County FC
John Egan – Greenwood FC
Danny Fitzsimons – Millwall FC
Ciaran Gallagher – Castlefin FC
Daniel Joyce – Belvedere FC
Oliver Kelly – Reading FC
Aaron McCarey – Monaghan United FC
Stephen McDonnell – Quay Celtic FC
Conor Murphy – St. Kevins FC
Mark O’ Brien – Cherry Orchard FC
Anthony O’ Connor – Nufarm Athletic FC
Sean Skelly – Belvedere FC
Sean Stewart – St. Kevins FC
Leigh Swords – Belvedere FC
Selcuk Tidim – FC Pauli von 1910 e.V
Eoin Wearen – St. Kevins FC

Manager - Vincent Butler




Republic of  Ireland Under 16's Draw Twice with Belgium

The Republic of Ireland played Belgium in two friendly internationals in Liege this week. Both matches ended all even, scoreless on Tuesday 27th November, while it was 1 - 1 on Thursday. Belvedere players Leigh Sword, Danny Joyce, Craig Sexton, Matt Doherty and Sean Skelly were included in the 18 man squad.

Manager Vincent Butler said: "I was very happy with the performance and disappointed for the boys that they had a win snatched from them.

"We drew in a scoreless game with Belgium on Tuesday and that was a fair result but we were the better team today. We out-played them despite the lashing rain and very heavy pitch. It was a terrific display in the circumstances and the players showed great spirit and determination."

Butler picked a team that included the seven players who started Tuesday's match as substitutes. He brought on five substitutes in the second half as the tough conditions and the exertions of a second game in three days took a toll.

Ireland play France in two matches next week on Tuesday 4th and Thursday 6th December 2007.

Republic of Ireland U16 team:
Matt Doherty – Belvedere
Craig Sexton - Belvedere
Danny Joyce - Belvedere

Anthony O'Connor - Kilreen Celtic
Mark O'Brien - Cherry Orchard (captain)
Sean Stewart - St. Kevin’s Boys
Shane Murray - Arklow Town
Sean Skelly – Belvedere
Derrick Williams - Tramore Athletic
Selcuk Tidim - Fc St. Pauli Von 190 E.V
Robert Brady – St. Kevin’s Boys
Anthony Bolger - St. Kevin’s Boys
Ryan Connolly - Ballyglass
Conor Murphy - St. Kevin’s Boys
Jeffrey Hendrick - St. Kevin’s Boys
Stephen McDonnell - Quay Celtic
Ciaran Gallagher - Castlefin
Leigh Swords - Belvedere

Under-16 Friendly International Results:

Tuesday 27th November 2007
Belgium 0-0 Republic of Ireland
FK Moelingen Stadium, Theumissen.
Kick-Off: 6pm (Irish time)

Thursday 29th November 2007  
Belgium 1 -1 Republic of Ireland
Entente Blegnytoise.
Kick-Off: 6pm (Irish time).





Belvedere Players Named in Ireland Under 16's Squad

The Republic of Ireland Under 16's play Northern Ireland in two away friendly international matches next week. Manager Vincent Butler has named two separate squads which include Belvedere's Danny Joyce, Leigh Swords, Matt Doherty for the match on Monday 22nd October and Craig Sexton and Sean Skelly for Tuesday.

The Republic play their first match against Northern Ireland next Monday, October 22nd at Lakeview Park, Loughall before they meet again the following evening on Tuesday, October 23rd at Holm Park, Armagh City. Both games have kick-off times of 7pm.

Butler has divided the squad into two panels of 16 players for each of the games. This will enable all players to be given a run-out as the assessment phase of the season comes to an end.

Vincent Butler outlined his aims for the double-header. “These games will be the final opportunity for the players to earn themselves a place in the squad for the matches coming up against Belgium and France.

“We have been trying out players so far this season, in the 2-2 draw against Wales in August and the two defeats in Turkey last month. Again, for these matches, the purpose will be to assess players and decide if they are good enough to remain in the panel for the upcoming matches in the campaign.”

Ireland have two more double-headers coming up soon when they travel to play Belgium on November 27th and 29th and France the following week, on December 4th and 6th.

Butler has been sufficiently impressed with the quality shown by two players from the younger 1993-born age-group, Carl McHugh (Dungloe Town) and Daniel Devine (Crumlin United), to select the pair in the squad for the second of the two matches.

Under-16 Friendly Internationals:

Monday, October 22nd
Northern Ireland V Republic Of Ireland
Lakeview Park, Loughall (7pm)

Tuesday, October 23rd
Northern Ireland V Republic Of Ireland
Holm Park, Armagh City (7pm)

Republic of Ireland Squad v Northern Ireland (Monday, October 22nd):
Ciaran Gallagher - Castlefin
Josh Byrne - Villa
Danny Joyce - Belvedere
Leigh Swords - Belvedere
Matt Doherty - Belvedere

Conor Murphy - St. Kevin’s Boys
Robert Brady - St. Kevin’s Boys
John Egan - Greenwood
Jordan Philpott - Kilreen Celtic
Shane Murray - Arklow Town
Stephen McDonnell - Quay Celtic
Ryan Connolly - Ballyglass
Cormac Hegarty - Arsenal
John Gorman - Manchester United
Oliver Kelly - Reading
Conor Carberry - St. Kevin’s Boys

Republic of Ireland Squad v Northern Ireland (Tuesday, October 23rd):
Aaron McCarey - Monaghan United
Craig Sexton - Belvedere
Daniel Devine - Crumlin United
Sean Skelly - Belvedere
Jeff Hendrick - St. Kevin’s Boys
Anthony Bolger - St. Kevin’s Boys
Stephen Chambers - Shelbourne
Mark O'Brien - Cherry Orchard
Carl McHugh - Dungloe Town
Robert Benson - Athlone Town
Anthony O'Connor - Nu Farm Athletic
George Landais - Millwall
John Disney - Stockport County
Paul Mc Bride - Tottenham Hotspur
Danny Fitzsimons - Millwall
Daryl Horgan - Salthill Devon



Three Belvedere Players in Ireland Under 16's 

Three Belvedere players; Leigh Swords, Danny Joyce and Craig Sexton were included in the Republic of Ireland Under 16 squad which traveled to play Turkey in two friendly International matches in Izmir this week.

Thursday, 20 September 2007

Turkey 5 - 2 Republic of Ireland

Turkey punished the Republic of Ireland for some lapses in concentration today as they made it two wins in a row against their visitors in Izmir.

The match was played in even warmer conditions that the first game on Tuesday, which Turkey won 2-1. Temperatures in the Stadium surpassed the 35 degree Celsius mark, contributing to the tiredness of the Irish team as the game progressed.

Turkey produced slick passing movements in the first half and scored two goals during a five minute spell midway through the half.

Ireland rallied as the contest approached the interval and worked their way back through a wonderful goal by Shane Murray to half the deficit. Irish winger Robert Brady raided the left-wing before crossing to Conor Murphy who teed up Murray to drive a shot high into the roof of the net from 30 yards out.

Robbie Benson, Conor Murphy and substitute Oliver Kelly all went close to finding an equaliser for Ireland but the home team countered to blast three goals past Irish goalkeeper Craig Sexton.

The rapid execution of the goals left Ireland reeling but they found time to find the net again. Stephen McDonnell released George Landais through the centre of the defence, allowing the Millwall striker to bury a low shot into the net to make it 5-2.

Ireland manager Vincent Butler was naturally disappointed to see his team let in five goals though he was pleased with aspects of the side’s display.

“We only began to play nice football in the second half and we got behind them to create chances. That said, we were far too lethargic in the first half and we had to have a good chat at the break to change things around.

“Turkey are an excellent team and they hit us with three goals at the end, some of which we should have done more to prevent."

Republic of Ireland U-16:
Craig Sexton - Belvedere
Rory Gartlan – Renmore
John Egan – Greenwood
Oliver Nicholas – Arsenal
Daniel Joyce - Belvedere
Conor Murphy – St. Kevin’s Boys
Jeff Hendrick - St. Kevin’s Boys
Shane Murray – Arklow Town
Robert Brady – St. Kevin’s Boys
George Landais – Millwall
Robert Benson – Athlone Town
Stephen McDonnell – Quay Celtic for Brady (41 mins)
Oliver Kelly – Reading for Hendrick (50 mins)
Aidan Dadoo - Stella Maris for Benson (60 mins)
John Gorman – Manchester United for Murray (60 mins)
Mark O'Brien – Cherry Orchard for Gartlan (70 mins)


Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Turkey 2 -1 Republic of Ireland

The Republic of Ireland Under-16 team lost the first game of their double-friendly fixture against Turkey this afternoon in Izmir.

Ireland went into the game buoyed by their display in the 2-2 draw against Wales last month, when they were unfortunate not to win, but they were second best for most of this match against a talented Turkish team.

Vincent Butler’s team struggled to cope with the hot conditions, which exceeded thirty degrees celsius, and seldom pressed the home side in the opening half.

Turkey took a first-half lead into the break and doubled their advantage shortly after the restart when Irish goalkeeper Josh Byrne allowed the ball slip from his grasp to the opposition’s striker, who poked the ball home with ease.

The Irish found their form after that and began to threaten with some fluid passing movements.

Substitute George Landais was fouled inside of the penalty area as he was about to convert a chance and from the penalty kick that followed, Robert Brady slotted the ball home to make it 2-1 with 12 minutes remaining.

Ireland attempted to push for a late equaliser but fatigue was always going to be a factor. Their efforts to draw level were hampered by the loss of key players Danny Joyce and Brady to injury in the latter stages.

Irish team manager Vincent Butler is confident that his team will be better equipped to reach the level they’re capable of when the nations meet again on Thursday, also in Izmir.

“The heat did have a big effect on our performance today but we’ll be better acclimatized to the conditions for the second match,” he said.

“That said, I thought we could have played better today. The goals we gave away were not good and we didn’t pass the ball around as well as we should have.

“Turkey are a good team who are physically strong. They have a tremendous Youth system in place after investing millions into developing their players from an early age.”

He concluded: “We’re still going through the assessment stage of the season and 16 players got to play some part today. The players in the squad who didn’t start the game today will be selected in the team for Thursday.”

Republic of Ireland U-16:
Josh Byrne – Villa FC
Leigh Swords - Belvedere
Stephen McDonnell – Quay Celtic
Mark O'Brien – Cherry Orchard
Oliver Nicholas – Arsenal
Aidan Dadoo - Stella Maris
Daniel Joyce - Belvedere
Oliver Kelly – Reading
John Gorman – Manchester United
Robert Brady – St. Kevin’s Boys
Conor Murphy – St. Kevin’s Boys
Rory Gartlan – Renmore for McDonnell (45 mins)
George Landais – Millwall for Gorman (45 mins)
Shane Murray – Arklow Town for O’Brien (55 mins)
Robert Benson – Athlone Town for Brady (70 mins)
John Egan – Greenwood for Joyce (75 mins)

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