Centenary Shield | Irish overcome Welsh in opening encounter


Centenary Shield | U18 Boys’ International

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Republic of Ireland Schools overcome Welsh outfit in The Rock Stadium

Wales 1-2 Republic of Ireland

Alaric Jones (20),         Cian Murphy (8), Darryl Walsh (23)


WILLIAM O’CONNOR’s opening game in this season’s Centenary Shield ended with a full three points away from home in the first of his four International match campaigns.

A first half brace, the first courtesy of Coláiste Dún Iascaigh, Cahir scholar and Irish Captain Cian MURPHY and secondly, last year’s star St. Declan’s Community College scholar Darryl WALSH was enough to see off Marc Lloyd Williams’ crew in Cefn Druids AFC this evening.

Cian Murphy led out the team this evening and had the perfect start to proceedings as he opened his account with a goal after just eight minutes of play which set up the visitors perfectly.

This was later cancelled out by Alaric Jones with a quarter of an hour played for the hosts but three minutes later Waterford’s Darryl Walsh extended the Irish lead from a wonderfully placed set piece.

A tense conclusion ensued which saw the introduction of Jack RYAN, Lido LOFETA and James CARROLL in the second half. The Irish contingency managed to hold on to their advantage in a nervy final five minutes of injury time to kick start their Centenary Shield endeavours.

The Irish will be out again in a month’s time as they travel to Luton Town FC for their St. Patrick’s Day encounter with England on March 16. Their home encounters will commence on March 29 as Monaghan United FC plays host to Northern Ireland. The Irish will entertain Scotland in their final game of the season when they face the tartan army on April 12 in Home Farm FC, Whitehall.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND SELECT | Luke McNicholas (Balla Secondary School), Peter Adigun (Riversdale Community College), Darryl Walsh (St. Declan’s Community College), Adam Rooney (Yeats College, Galway), Cian Lee (Boyne Community School), Ronan Manning (Yeats College, Galway) Rory Doyle (St. Francis College, Rochestown), Liam Kerrigan (St. Attracta’s CS, Tubbercurry), Ali Regbha (Chanel College, Coolock), Cian Murphy CAPTAIN (Coláiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir), Jake Walker (St. Kevin’s Community College, Clondalkin)


SUBS USED | Jack Ryan (Templeogue College) for REGBHA (50), Lido Lofeta (Balbriggan Community College) for MANNING (83), James Carroll (St. Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda) for WALKER (88),

SUBS NOT USED | Adam Conway (De La Salle College, Waterford), Adam O’Connor (St. Clare’s College, Ballyjamesduff), Kieran Farren (Carndonagh Community School), Daniel Houghton (Carndonagh Community School)


MANAGEMENT | Head Coach William O’Connor (Balbriggan Community College), Coach John McShane (Dublin Oak Academy, Bray),  GK Coach Conor Foley (Athlone Community College), Performance Analyst Ollie Horgan (St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny), Kit Manager Paul Masterson, Physio Mickey McGlynn Doctor Aiden O’Colmain


WALES | Alaric Jones (Tasket Milward), Ben Fawcett (Pembrokeshire),  Conor Harwood (Coleg Cambria), Guto Williams (Creuddyn), Harri Horwood (Penglais), Harri Hughes (Menai), Harri Lucas-Jones (Cambria), Harri Rowe (Penglais) Iolo Jones (Croesyceiliog), Jack Wilson (Penbrokeshire), Jay Woodford (Cymoedd),  Karter Cutler Evans (Cambria), Keane Royall (Coleg Gwent), Lee Jenkins (Aberaeron), Luke Wilmot (Llandrillo), Max Manson (Llanwern), Osian Jones (Menai), Sam Snaith (Bridgend)

2018 Centenary Shield Results

February 15         Wales 1-2 Republic of Ireland                        The Rock, Cefn Druids FC (7pm)


2018 Centenary Shield Fixtures

March 9                Scotland vs Northern Ireland                       Greenock Morton FC (7pm)

March 15              Northern Ireland vs Wales                             Belfast (2pm)

March 16              England vs Republic of Ireland                   Kenilworth Stadium, Luton Town FC (7pm)

March 23              England vs Scotland                                        Bootham Crescent, York City FC (7pm)

March 29             Republic of Ireland vs Northern Ireland  Monaghan United FC (2pm)

March 29             Wales vs England                                              Cardiff Metropolitan University FC (7pm)

April 6                   Northern Ireland vs England                        Belfast (7pm)

April 12                  Republic of Ireland vs Scotland                  Home Farm FC (2pm)

April 19                 Scotland vs Wales                                             Queen of the South FC (7pm)