Irish win Centenary Shield test against Scots in Killarney



Centenary Shield


Press Release: Friday, April 15, 2016


Ireland Schools overpower Scotland in Centenary Shield


Republic of Ireland 3-1 Scotland

Conor Kane (12), Ryan O’Donoghue (42), Jamie Aherne (Pen 45), Bradley Manson (73)


It was a good evening in Killarney Celtic FC as the Republic of Ireland Schools team claimed a 3-1 victory over Scotland Schools in the Inspiresport Centenary Shield clash last night (Thursday).


Goals from Conor Kane, Ryan O'Donoghue, and Jamie Aherne sealed the win by half-time even though Bradley Manson pulled one back late on for the visitors.


It was always going to be a tricky fixture for Paddy O'Reilly's side, but quick counter attacking ensured Ireland took control early on. And once they continued to improve as the game wore on.


In fact, there was only 12 minutes on the clock when Kane, representing Coláiste Phadraig, Lucan CBS, opened the scoring with a cool finish and that set the tone for the attack-minded approach from the hosts.


On 42 minutes, O'Donoghue, from Our Lady's Secondary School in Belmullet, broke free to blast in the second goal as Ireland maintained their dominance in the first period.


Just before the break, Confey College student Aherne added a third goal from the penalty spot and that advantage stayed intact all the way until the 73rd minute when Manson scored for Scotland.


The win was much deserved for Ireland and one that they can take a lot of confidence from due to their positive style of play and clinical finishing.


O’Reilly’s men will finish their season in a fortnight’s time when they travel to Wales for the conclusion of the 2016 Inspiresport Centenary Shield campaign.


The earlier game today saw Northern Ireland defeat Wales 2-0 at Comber FC. Parkhouse and Ferris were on target for the home side.  


REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Donnelly; Hanney, O'Donoghue (Delap HT), Gibbons, McCarthy (Captain) (Brouder 55), Scales, Kane (Doherty HT), Lacey (Morgan 27), Grimes (Doherty 63), Drinan, Aherne.


SCOTLAND: Morton; McRitchie (McDonald HT), Kirkwood, Laing, Cook, Manson, Banner, Strachan (Smith 64), MacLeod (Kane h-t), Koshoedo, Cunningham (Captain) (Martin 76).


REFEREE: Derek O’Shea (Kerry)


IMAGES available on the FAI Schools facebook page


REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: David COFFEY (Coláiste Muire, Cobh),Eric DONNELLY (Clonkeen College, Blackrock), Shane HANNEY (Clonkeen College, Blackrock), Ryan O’DONOGHUE (Our Lady’s Secondary School, Belmullet), Darragh GIBBONS (St. Colmcille’s Community School, Knocklyon), Conor McCARTHY (Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Blarney), Liam SCALES (Gaelcholáiste na Mara, Arklow), Killian BROUDER (Desmond College, Newcastle West), Conor KANE (Coláiste Phádraig, Lucan CBS), Gareth DOHERTY (St. Columba’s College, Stranorlar), Eoghan MORGAN (Mount Temple Comprehensive School, Clontarf), Jesse STAFFORD LACEY (Mercy SS, Mounthawk, Tralee), Dylan GRIMES (Marino College, Fairview), Adrian DELAP (Loreto Community School, Milford), Kyle DOHERTY (Comeragh College, Carrick on Suir), Aaron DRINAN (Carrigaline Community School), Jamie AHERNE (Confey College, Leixlip), Billy BANDA (Royal & Prior Comprehensive School, Raphoe)


MANAGEMENT: Paddy O’REILLY, Manager (Trinity Comprehensive School, Ballymun), William O’Connor, Assistant Manager (Scoil Mhuire SS, Buncrana), Ollie HORGAN, Coach (St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny), Conor FOLEY, GK Coach (Athlone Community College), Paul MASTERSON (Equipment Manager), John McSHANE, Coach/Video Analyst (Dublin Oak Academy, Bray), Mickey McGLYNN (Physiotherapist), Dr. Aidan O’COLMAIN (Team Doctor)


SCOTLAND: Andrew WILSON (St. Kentigern’s Academy, Blackburn), Fraser MORTON (Wallacehall Academy, Dumfries) Kyle BANNER (Graeme High, Falkirk), Jack COOK (Dunbar Grammar), Adam KIRKWOOD (Stranraer Academy), Callum LAING (St. Joseph’s College, Dumfries), Ryan McRITCHIE (Millburn Academy, Inverness), Josh MACDONALD (Calderglen High, East Kilbride), Dominic KANE (St. Kentigern’s Academy, Blackburn), Bradley MANSON (Old Machar Academy, Aberdeen), Adam MARTIN (Bearsden Academy, Glasgow), Morgan REID (Bannockburn High, Stirling)

Liam STRACHAN (North East College, Fraserburgh), Derryn KESSON (Craigie High, Dundee) Seyon KOSHOEDO (Harlaw Academy, Aberdeen), John CUNNINGHAM (Hamilton Grammar), Lachie MACLEOD (Aberdeen Grammar), Mark SMITH (Grove Academy, Dundee)


MANAGEMENT: Coaches: Craig Johnstone (Forth Valley) & Scott Douglas (Glasgow) GK Coach: Steven Hardy (Paisley), Physio: Donald Ritchie (Forfar Athletic FC)


Inspiresport Centenary Shield RESULTS

Friday, February 26   Scotland 1-1 Northern Ireland in Lesser Hampden, Glasgow, KO 7pm

Friday, March 4          Northern Ireland 1-2 England in Comber, KO 4pm

Thursday, March 17   Republic of Ireland 0-0 Northern Ireland in Arklow Town FC, KO 1pm

Friday, March 18         Wales 1-2 England in The Book People Stadium, Bangor City FC, KO 7pm

Thursday, March 24  Scotland 0-1 Wales in Harlow Park, Inverurie Local Works FC, KO 7.30pm

Friday, April 1               England 2-1 Scotland in Highbury Stadium, Fleetwood Town FC, KO 7pm

Friday, April 8              England 2-2 Republic of Ireland in Park Hall Stadium, The New Saints FC, Oswestry, KO 7.30pm

Thursday, April 14      Northern Ireland 2-0 Wales in Comber FC, KO 4.30pm

Thursday, April 14      Republic of Ireland 3-1 Scotland in Celtic Park, Killarney Celtic FC, KO 7pm


Inspiresport Centenary Shield FIXTURES

Thursday, April 28      Wales vs Republic of Ireland in Llandudno, KO 7pm