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Thursday 21 June 2018

Ireland claim Centenary win

The Ireland Under-18 Schools side with the Centenary Shield
The Ireland Under-18 Schools side with the Centenary Shield

A stunning first half performance paved the way for the Ireland Under-18 Schools side to capture the Centenary Shield for the first time since 2015 with a 3-1 victory over close rivals Scotland in their final fixture at Home Farm's Whitehall ground.

Ali Regbha's double either side of a cracking drive from Liam Kerrigan gave the impressive Irish side comfortable half time lead.

Regbha opened the scoring after six minutes when he ran on to Jack Ryan's through ball and beat Scots 'keeper Fraser Currid from close in.

Kerrigan then doubled the score ten minutes later after he cut in from the right wing to fire a brilliant left footer into the top corner of Currid's goal.

It was one way traffic now as the impressive home side put on the style. Regbha grabbed his second on 28 minutes when he worked his way in the box with the Scots defence at sixes and sevens to cool stroke the ball home.The Scots rejigged their side at the break and had much the better of the second half.

A missed penalty three minutes in might have got them back into the game earlier but Irish 'keeper Daniel Houghton did well to keep out Cameron Clark spot kick. Nathan Fell with a diving header from MacKay's cross just past the hour mark did get them off the mark but they failed to narrow the gap.

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