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Duo on international duty

by Oscar Chamberlain

Ganiyu and Poame both feature for Republic of Ireland at U17 level.

Avis Ganiyu and Jean Yves Poame both featured as the Republic of Ireland’s U17s suffered a 1-0 defeat to Hungary on Tuesday night.

Ganiyu started the match and he almost opened the scoring with 11 minutes played, looping a header narrowly over the crossbar.

Josh Barrett and Jake Doyle-Hayes also had chances as Ireland hit the woodwork on two occasions, but it was the hosts who broke the deadlock on 53 minutes as Kristof Haerjeczki fired home from range.

Poame replaced his Sunderland team-mate Ganiyu on 60 minutes, and although Ireland continued to create chances they were unable to strike back as Hungary held on to secure a 1-0 win.

Speaking post match, coach Tom Mahon praised his side after an impressive performance went unrewarded.

"It was a match that we could have won. It was a very good performance. We dominated for long periods, created chances, but were not clinical enough," Mohan told

"In games like this you can be left to rue your missed chances and that was the case when Hungary broke and scored. We continued to dominate but we had chances just off target and cleared off the line.

"The lads will get ready for Malta on Thursday. This tournament gives us a great chance to see the players and everybody will play.”