Training at the Academy of Light

Youngsters feature for Republic

by Oscar Chamberlain

Further appearances for first-year scholars in international tournament.

Avis Ganiyu and Jean Yves Poame both featured as the Republic of Ireland’s U17s wrapped up their Hungarian invitational tournament with two draws.

Ganiyu played 65 minutes and Poame 41 as Ireland came from behind to draw 1-1 with Malta on Thursday, before they completed the tournament with a goalless draw against Serbia.

Conor Livingston got the goal against Malta in the 73rd minute, equalising after the Falcons took a fortunate lead via a deflected strike midway through the first half.

This was followed by a 0-0 draw against Serbia, with Joshua Barret, Trevor Clarke and Conor Davis all spurning chances over the course of the match, and although Poame completed the 90 minutes his Sunderland team-mate Ganiyu did not feature.

Speaking following the completion of the tournament, head coach Tom Mohan reflected on a great week which provided the perfect preparation ahead Ireland’s upcoming European qualifiers.

“We definitely created most of the chances in the game so I’m disappointed that we didn’t get a better result, that said, the game stretched in the second half and it could have gone either way.

“It’s been a great week and we’re looking towards the bigger picture here, which is our upcoming European qualifiers.”

He added: “The players worked hard and showed great discipline.”