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Maguire goal earns draw against Scotland

Maguire goal earns draw against Scotland

31 March 2012


Republic of Ireland U-18 Schools      1-1      Scotland U-18 Schools

The Republic of Ireland Under-18 Schools' team were unable to build upon a first half lead against Scotland in their second game of the Centenary Schools Shield at the Waterford RSC on Friday night (March 30).

Still, the point ensures Ireland's title aspirations remain within their own hands.

The enforced absence from the 1-0 opening win over Northern Ireland a fortnight ago of defenders Eoin Hyland and Pearse Sweeney meant Ryan Matthews and Danny Morrissey were the two changes shown in the Irish line-up.

Eager to keep their winning run going, Ireland attacked from the off and midfielder Brian Lenihan was close to connecting with a cross in the second minute from Barry Sheedy.

Five minutes later, Sheedy flashed a volley on the turn over the bar.

Good combination work by CBS Kilkenny striker Seán Maguire and Cork City's Morrissey had the Scots on alert and two linked up on 39 minutes to fashion the best opening.

Maguire's turn of pace created the space to free Morrissey but Scottish goalkeeper Kieran Hughes advanced swiftly to deny the Corkman's effort with his legs.

The pair combined again in the final minute of the half for the opener. Morrissey's left-wing delivery found Maguire with his back to goal and he turned his marker before sending a rising shot inside Hughes' near post.

Scotland stunned the Irish a mere 80 seconds after the restart by drawing level. Slack marking enabled Lawrence Shankland to pop up unmarked and fire low from ten yards into the bottom corner of Evan Comerford's net.

Both sides conjured chances to nick full points in the last half hour. Substitute Jack Doherty cued up Timmy Molloy to volley yet the Galway winger couldn't keep his shot down.

At the other end, Steven Forbes was close to putting the visitors ahead when he unleashed a 30-yard shot which rebounded off the Irish crossbar.

Having completed their two games, Ireland are on their travels for the final two and must win both - against Wales (April 12) and England (April 26) – to be certain of reclaiming the shield.


REPUPLIC OF IRELAND: E. Comerford (CBS, Clonmel); C. Horgan (Colaiste Einde), R. Matthews (Clonkeen College, Blackrock), J. O'Brien (Yeat's College, Galway), A. O'Donnell (Carrigaline CS); D. Morrissey (Midleton CBS), P. Moffatt (Clonkeen, Blackrock), B. Lenihan (Presentation, Cork), Timmy Molloy (Colaiste Iognaid, Galway); B. Sheedy (Colaiste Iosaef, Kilmallock), S. Magure (CBS Kilkenny).

Subs: J. Doherty (Comeragh College) for Sheedy (h/t), J. Kavanagh (Glanmire CS) for Moffatt (67 mins), R. Lehane (Douglas CS) for Molloy (80).


SCOTLAND: K. Hughes; R. McGeachie, M. Craig, R. McGeever, A. Lawson; C. McVey, M. Cooper, S, Ferries. S. Forbes; K. Anderson-Ballantyne, L. Shankland.

Sub: S. Close for McGeachie (72 mins)


REFEREE: Noel Purcell (Waterford).

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