Troy Parrott hat-trick for Republic of Ireland v Faroe Islands ensures all 3 points at City Calling Stadium
Pictures by Tiernan Dolan
Troy Parrott of Tottenham Hotpsur bagged a hat-trick ensuring all three valuable points for the Republic of Ireland….all strikes pictured here.[gallery link="file" ids="19460,19461,19462,19463,19464,19465,19466"]
After the ground staff got to work at half time, so too did the team who ran out 3-0 in the second half.
Apart from winning 3-0, the U19 Republic of Ireland U 19 players also had the pleasure of meeting family, friends and girlfriends after the match.
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Mohan’s side will come up against Netherlands on Tuesday afternoon in Longford to finish off their Qualifying Round campaign.
Republic of Ireland: Brian Maher; Jordan Doherty, Lee O’Connor (capt), Nathan Collins, Jack James (Andy Lyons 69); Aaron Bolger (Jason Knight 83), Conor Coventry; Ali Reghba, Troy Parrott, Jonathan Afolabi; Adam Idah.
Faroe Islands: Bjarti Vitalis Mørk; Sjúrdur Nielsen, Andrias Edmundsson, Óli Poulsen, Pætur Skipanes; Lukas Giessing, Magnus Holm Jacobsen (capt), Elias El Moustage (Sølvi Sigvardsen 78), Hanus Sørensen; Stefan Radosavlevic (Bartal S. Petersen 85), Steffan Løkin (Jonn Johannesen 78)
Referee: Giorgi Kruashvili (Georgia).
Kieran Burke’s match report from today’s game can be found on the Between The Stripes website.
EUROPEAN U19 CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019 QUALIFYING ROUND GROUP 10
Bosnia & Herzegovina v Republic Of Ireland
10/10/2018, City Calling Stadium, 3.00pm
Match Report by James Donnelly
The Republic of Ireland recorded a comfortable victory over Bosnia & Herzegovina today the City Calling Stadium. Goals from William Ferry, Troy Parrott and Adam Idah sealed the win for Tom Mohan’s side.
The visitors attacked first in the opening minute, their pacey number seven, Milan Savic shooting over from distance after cutting inside on his right foot. Bosnia & Herzegovina went close again on 5 minutes, this time from a floated free kick. Faris Zubanovic had his shot blocked by Irish centre back Lee O’Connor.
Bosnia & Herzegovina, who were the much more physical side caused problems for Ireland. The visitors could have opened the scoring on 7 minutes when Elder Sehic forced goal keeper Brian Maher to pull off a magnificent save from close range.
Ireland could have put themselves in front only 5 minutes later when a fantastic cross field ball to Glen McCauley found space out on the right wing, he pulled the ball back to Adam Idah in the box who’s powerful shot was tipped over the bar by Adnan Kanuric.
The boys in Green had another chance on 16 minutes when Adam Idah got in behind the visitors defence and volleyed from a beautifully weighted free but his effort was once again saved by Kanuric.
The visitors responded when Milan Savic cut inside onto his left and curled the ball towards the far post but his shot was saved by Maher in goal. Zubanovic almost caught the Irish napping when he flicked a backheel towards goal but Maher saved again.
Glen McCauley was causing problems down the right wing. Cross after cross came into the box but Bosnia & Herzegovina deal with the pressure.
Adam Idah went close yet again on 37 minutes when he turned his man and unleashed a low flying shot from outside the box to the right hand side but it narrowly went wide of the post much to the relief of the scrambling Kanuric.
Kanuric kept the visitors in it again with another fine save just before half time when a corner wasn’t dealt with and it fell to Conor Coventry for Ireland and he turned inside and shot across the box but Kanuric did well to leap out and gather the ball before an Irish head could get to it.
The second half came to life on 55 minutes when Conor Coventry, against the run of play, played a magnificent through ball in to William Ferry who blasted past Kanuric in goal top put Ireland ahead!
Bosnia & Herzegovina had a chance to equalize only moments later from a free but Savic’s effort was high over the bar.
The boys in Green went 2-0 up when Jack James was taken down in the box on 64 minutes. Troy Parrott stepped up to take the peno and cooly chipped it down the middle sending Kanuric the wrong way. Ireland were beginning to take control of the game.
Things got even better for Ireland on 73 minutes when Adam Idah finally got his goal after missing numerous opportunities in the first half. The strong forward found himself in space in the box and made no mistake, burying the ball past Kanuric in goal to put Tom Mohan’s charges in complete control.
The visitors got one back on 77 minutes when substitution Mateo Bozic’s free kick was wickedly deflected and left Maher with no chance.
They could have gotten a second back on 83 minutes when a free kick was whipped into the box but Maher did well to gather as the ball flew by bodies in the box.
The Boys in Green held out for the remainder of the game and look forward to Saturday when they take on the Faroe Islands at City Calling Stadium once again at 3.00pm.
Bosnia & Herzegovina
1. Adnan Kanuric, 3. Eldar Sehic (replaced by 13. Adis Mujkic), 4. Marko Brkic (replaced by 10. Dzani Salcin), 5. Nemanja Vjestica (replaced by 17. Dzenan Osmanovic), 6. Enio Zilic, 7. Milan Savic, 8. Stefan Santrac (replaced by 19. Mateo Bozic), 11. Faris Zubanovic (replaced by 9. Milan Sikanjc), 14. Jusuf Gazibegovic (C), 15. Igor Savic, 20. Ajdin Hasic.
Subs not used: 12. Jasmin Krsic, 2. Elvir Muminovic, 16. Haris Kotarevic, 18. Emir Sejdovic
Republic of Ireland
1. Brian Maher, 3. Jack James, 4. Lee O’Connor (C), 5. Nathan Collins, 6. Aaron Bolger, 7. Glen McCauley (replaced by 20. Ali Reghba), 8. Conor Coventry, 9. Adam Idah, 10. Troy Parrott, 11. William Ferry (replaced by 17. Barry Coffey), 12. Andrew Lyons.
Subs not used: 16. Kian Clarke, 2. Jordan Doherty, 13. Tom Gaston, 14. Richard O’Farrell, 15. Jason Knight, 18. James Clarke, 19. Jonathan Afolabi
Pictures by Tiernan Dolan
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OVER AND OUT
Well, despite a spirited second half fight back to draw 2-2 with newly promoted UCD, our season came to an end on Saturday night. Under a bright moon, on a chilly evening, it looked like the Students were going to run riot. But it was De Town who played the superior football in the second half with Dillon netting twice to draw us level. Indeed, but for poor referring decisions, we could have finished the season with a win.
What was heart warming on a chilly night was the reaction of supporters and the team after the final whistle. It was lovely to see the team acknowledge the supporters and vice versa.
Over a long season, we’ve had some superb results and of course we had banana skin slippages too. But as the Charles Buchan Football Monthly used to say “Support your club in good times and bad”.
Roll on the 2019 season.
LONG, LONG ROCKY ROAD
If there had been a sporting miracle and if we had qualified for the play offs, consider the long road that would have faced us. We’d have to play Shels twice and then face Finn Harps twice. Now if we were still standing after those tough four encounters, we’d be up against Limerick or maybe Sligo for a few more games. While winning all those games would generate huge excitement, the financial outlay for the extra month could have been crippling. So next season, it’d be much handier if we just won the division and leave the rocky road of play offs to the others.
UCD’S ROAD AHEAD
The handful of UCD supporters were happy enough bunch on Saturday night. They were certainly happy not to have lost their last league game . Next up for the Students is the daunting task of facing Dundalk in the Cup. But for their little band of supporters they weren’t looking on the tie or their move up to the big time as being particularly daunting. They said that they’ve no intention of spending extra money that they don’t have. For the past two seasons, they’ve stuck with their policy of having no “outsiders” in their squad. In other words, all of the squad are scholarship students and that will remain their policy. Because they play Colleges football, they play during the winter months too. The team which won the First Division have been together now for three years, more or less. That’s a situation foreign to most ordinary clubs. We wish them the best of luck next season but maybe our paths will cross at the end of the 2019 season.
One thing from the 2018 season, that stands out for this scribbler is the superb standard of support given to the team all season. Part of the reason, is the style of football, the quality of goals and some excellent victories, especially away from home. Credit must also go to the management and how they’ve interacted with the supporters and the community, generally. An other pleasing aspect was the positive contribution made by Section O as well as the die hard regulars scattered around the ground and who occupy the exact same seats, game after game. Throw in the dedicated Supporters’ Club and our efficient and friendly ground staff/stewards into the mix and it all adds up. This season, the social media aspect of promoting the Club has gone up many notches, which in turn helps our ever growing young support base. We may not have won the league but, I think we’ve won many new, young supporters and held on to our golden oldies too. So we must be doing something right.
I fully realise that we are blowing our trumpet in the above piece. But when you cast your eye around other nearby clubs, we’re doing OK. Galway, a city club, with a massive potential finished a good distance behind us on the points scale. Sligo Rovers will probably remain in the top flight but their set up costs a small fortune and many of their fan base can’t wait for the end of the season. And Athlone’s sad troubles are too well documented already. So that just leaves Finn Harps and they have an unwelcome break before they go to battle again. Derry City are hardly in our area but after Brexit they won’t even be in the EU, so what’s their future? Grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Anyway, we have Seamus Murray keeping our grass nice and lush and well maintained.
SOME GOOD NEWS
And so, we’ll finish with some good news for lovers of the beautiful game locally. Later on, we’ll conform details of our Gala Awards Night. But at long last, our wonderful facilities at the City Calling Stadium will be used on an international scale. Although the final dates have yet to be confirmed, we will be hosting three U19 competitive internationals in November. The Republic of Ireland will face the Faroe Islands, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Holland and our new score board should be up and ticking over by then. The season may be over but our sporting life lives on.
C’mon de Town.
Pictures by Tiernan Dolan
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SPIN ‘N SPAN
Whatever about the result, the staging of the FAI Quarter Finals last Friday, was a huge success for everyone associated with Longford Town FC. Self praise, they say, is no praise but it might be the only praise we’ll get.
The pitch looked superb, the stewards were friendly and effective, the Clubhouse volunteers under the guidance of Brendan Finnegan coped admirably with the large crowd, we had a top class match programme and the stadium itself was spotless. Every thing was top class on what was an extremely busy week end for the club. Friday night saw 1,181 click through the turnstiles but the following day Saturday, we hosted an U15 game and then on Sunday we had the international stars of tomorrow in the Ireland v Wales U19 International friendly.
We may have lost the Cup game but we certainly gained many new admirers.
RED OR YELLOW?
One of the main talking talking points after the Cork game was the sending off. No one for a moment would suggest, that we could have won the game if the colour of the card was different.
However, that sending off effectively killed the game. By all accounts, the ref had a yellow card in his hand but the linesman kept calling for a red card to be brandished and the rest is sporting history.
This Friday is a massive game for De Town. Beat Drogheda in their own back garden and we’re in the play offs. After we beat Sligo, they recovered and have been doing quite well since. Cork were surprisingly beaten at home by Sligo and it was Cork who upped their game afterwards (to our cost). So you don’t need a top class Junior Cert to realise where this is going. We simply have to banish Cork from our minds and concentrate on beating the Drogs. We’ve done it before and we can certainly repeat the dose. Fair play to Kieran Burke in his valiant effort to muster transport and support for this vital game.
BITS AND PIECES
On the subject of buses, those who travelled from Cork maintained that they’d have had 400 extra in the City Calling Stadium if the game had been on our usual Saturday. That’s €4,000 lost. Top marks to Kanes Travel who supplied free buses to and from the game. Fair play too to our other generous sponsors Girasole Pizza and Pasta, Edgeworthstown, Andy Byrnes Pub and of course the Longford Arms Hotel. Great to see all of the Kanes staff at the game too; they were saying Bon Voyage to Rose Kane who was leaving her job to take up a position with the UN in South Sudan. It was nice to see two of our former managers at the game Tony Cousins and Alan Mathews. Donald Keogh though was unfortunately absent due to airline difficulties.
Former player “the Flying Schoolmaster” Paschal Quinn RIP was rightly honoured with a minute’s silence; he’d have been chuffed that the occasion was broadcast nationwide. Seamus Murray was able to avail of the facilities to get an excellent aerial photo of the carpet like pitch; the Height for Hire cherry picker was used. James Donnelly our media manager, was able to rub shoulders with the top RTE media folk and by all accounts, they were mightily impressed with his expertise and passion. The scoreboard wasn’t ready for the night but it’s only a matter of a short time now.
We had 1,181 at the game on Friday. When you consider the population of the town is 10,000, that’s a terrific turnout on a working night. In proportion, that would translate to 20,000 in Cork. Not bad.
FRIENDLY U19 INTERNATIONAL
Sunday saw the stars of the future from Wales and Ireland strut their stuff in an U19 Friendly. Ireland had enough chances to win two games but it was Wales who actually won the game by a single goal to nil. Apart from the score, it was a pity that there weren’t more people present to see tomorrow’s talent on show. One player to catch the eye was Ryan Johansson. Ryan came on as a second half sub and immediately made a huge impression. Although only 17, his future looks bright already. He was born in Luxembourg, his father is Swedish and his mother is from up the road in Mullingar – her name is Christine McCarthy. Although he has featured at underage level for Sweden, his mammy must have influenced him to don the green jersey. He’s now a senior player with Bayern Munich and while on their US tour earlier, he featured against Juventus and Man City. He has also played against PSG. No wonder he’s being called a teenage sensation. And there he was strutting his stuff on a Sunday afternoon out the Strokestown Road. Remember where you saw him first. By the way, in the second of the games, Ireland defeated Wales 2-0 in Galway.[gallery link="file" ids="19228,19224,19225,19226,19227,19229"]
Earlier on in the season, we had a University International game when we hosted Ireland and France at the City Calling Stadium. Then on Sunday we went a step further up the ladder with the friendly. Seemingly all our visiting guests were impressed with our set up which can only be good for the future. Already, there’s word of more than one international qualifying game to be played in Longford. Now surely that’s a massive success for all involved with the club.