Aussie comeback downs Irish U18s
IT WAS a losing start to the year for the FAI Schools U18 Boys International side last week as visitors Australia came from behind to snatch a 3-2 win in North Dublin.
Despite reversing the visiting side's fifth-minute opener with an equaliser from captain Colm Horgan and an own goal from Australia goalkeeper Ryan Meskell, two second-half strikes saw off Ollie Horgan's side.
Australian captain Kieran Paul volleyed home an equaliser, before substitute Chernor Bah grabbed the winner just after the hour mark at the Oscar Traynor Centre.
The countdown is now on for Ireland to the Centenary Shield opener against Northern Ireland in Limerick on March 16.
Scotland visit Waterford's RSC on the 30th of the same month and trips to Wales and England finish the schedule in April.
Last Friday's result was the first loss Ireland have suffered to the touring southern hemisphere side in three clashes, with 2010 bringing a 3-1 home win and 2008 producing a 1-1 draw. Tomorrow's fixture is a regular clash, with Ireland beating Australia 3-1 on their last visit to the capital two years ago, while the sides drew 1-1 in 2008.
IRELAND U18 SCHOOLS: Evan Comerford (CBS High School, Clonmel), Niall Corbet (Clonaslee VS, Laois), Adam O'Connor (Drimnagh Castle), Eoin Hyland (Oatlands College), Ferghal McMahon (St Macarthan's Coll, Monaghan), Pierce Sweeney (Col Raithlin, Bray), Ryan Matthews (Clonkeen Coll, Blackrock), Colm Horgan (Col Einde, Salthill), Anthony O'Donnell (Carrigaline CS), Reece Healy (CBS Sexton St, Limerick), Timmy Molloy (Col Iognaid, Galway), Brian Linehan (PBC, Cork), Paul Moffat (Clonkeen Coll), Gareth Brady (Pobalscoil Neasain, Balboyle), Sean Russell (Col Phadraig, Lucan), Jack Doherty (Comeragh Coll), Rob Lehane (Douglas CoS), Barry Sheedy (Col Iosaef, Kilmallock), Sean Maguire (CBS Kilkenny), Conor Pepper (Portmarnock CS).