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U21's put icing on the cake with historic victory in Madeira

Don Givens

By Owen Cowzer
THE Republic of Ireland made history yesterday as they claimed their first ever tournament title at U-21 level winning the Madeira International Tournament after a dramatic 4-0 victory over Madeira on the final day.

Madeira U-21 0 Republic of Ireland U-2 14

Ireland knew that they would need a good result to boost their goal difference to see off Portugal who faced Italy after Ireland's game. But while Ireland rattled in four goals, Portugal could only score twice to make Ireland the tournament victors.

Ireland were superb during the game and won thanks to a first half brace by Cork City front man Kevin Doyle followed by a goal a-piece from Stephen Paisley and Willo Flood in the second half.

With midfield duo, Glenn Whelan and Paul Keegan, in total control, Ireland started the game brightly and almost scored in the ninth minute when Stephen Kelly shot wide when put clean through by Willo Flood.

Ireland did take the lead in the 23rd minute when Doyle finished confidently with his left foot from a tight angle after being slipped through by Liam Kearney.

Doyle doubled Ireland's advantage just after the half hour with a powerful near post header from a Flood cross after a wonderful build-up by Ireland involving six different players and it could have been 3-0 at the break had Whelan kept his penalty on target after Mark Yeates had been tripped in the box.

Manager Don Givens was given his marching orders just before half time also for protesting against a booking for Paisley though it had little affect on Ireland's performance as they continued to push forward.

Even with their manager on the sidelines, Ireland asserted their dominance and went close to adding a third early in the second half with Whelan and Keegan both going close while Kearney had a goal ruled out for offside.

And in the 54th minute, a third goal deservedly arrived when Paisley headed home unchallenged Keegan's accurate free kick.

With 11 minutes remaining, Ireland made it 4-0 when Flood raced onto Daryl Murphy's flick on before rifling the ball home with his left foot.

Manager Don Givens was delighted by the performance over the week. "It's great for the players," he said. "It's a nice thing to come here and finish top. The boys got what they deserved and they can feel proud of what they achieved.

"The professionalism they have shown in all three games has been exceptional.

"I think to come here and in four days, get results against Portugal, Italy and Madeira without conceding a goal is something we have to be pleased with."

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Henderson (C Doyle 83); Kelly, Fitzgerald, Cooney, Paisley; Flood, Keegan, Whelan, Kearney (Deane 81); Doyle (Cogan 73), Yeates, (Murphy ht).

MADEIRA: Costa; Goncalves, Silva, Rodrigues (Pestana 66), Patricio; Teixeirinha (Gomes ht), Silva, Micael (Agrela 86); Paulinho (Quaresma ht); Viveiros, Steve (Brito 63).

Referee: L Batista (Portugal).

 

U21's put icing on the cake with historic victory in Madeira

Don Givens

By Owen Cowzer
THE Republic of Ireland made history yesterday as they claimed their first ever tournament title at U-21 level winning the Madeira International Tournament after a dramatic 4-0 victory over Madeira on the final day.

Madeira U-21 0 Republic of Ireland U-2 14

Ireland knew that they would need a good result to boost their goal difference to see off Portugal who faced Italy after Ireland's game. But while Ireland rattled in four goals, Portugal could only score twice to make Ireland the tournament victors.

Ireland were superb during the game and won thanks to a first half brace by Cork City front man Kevin Doyle followed by a goal a-piece from Stephen Paisley and Willo Flood in the second half.

With midfield duo, Glenn Whelan and Paul Keegan, in total control, Ireland started the game brightly and almost scored in the ninth minute when Stephen Kelly shot wide when put clean through by Willo Flood.

Ireland did take the lead in the 23rd minute when Doyle finished confidently with his left foot from a tight angle after being slipped through by Liam Kearney.

Doyle doubled Ireland's advantage just after the half hour with a powerful near post header from a Flood cross after a wonderful build-up by Ireland involving six different players and it could have been 3-0 at the break had Whelan kept his penalty on target after Mark Yeates had been tripped in the box.

Manager Don Givens was given his marching orders just before half time also for protesting against a booking for Paisley though it had little affect on Ireland's performance as they continued to push forward.

Even with their manager on the sidelines, Ireland asserted their dominance and went close to adding a third early in the second half with Whelan and Keegan both going close while Kearney had a goal ruled out for offside.

And in the 54th minute, a third goal deservedly arrived when Paisley headed home unchallenged Keegan's accurate free kick.

With 11 minutes remaining, Ireland made it 4-0 when Flood raced onto Daryl Murphy's flick on before rifling the ball home with his left foot.

Manager Don Givens was delighted by the performance over the week. "It's great for the players," he said. "It's a nice thing to come here and finish top. The boys got what they deserved and they can feel proud of what they achieved.

"The professionalism they have shown in all three games has been exceptional.

"I think to come here and in four days, get results against Portugal, Italy and Madeira without conceding a goal is something we have to be pleased with."

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Henderson (C Doyle 83); Kelly, Fitzgerald, Cooney, Paisley; Flood, Keegan, Whelan, Kearney (Deane 81); Doyle (Cogan 73), Yeates, (Murphy ht).

MADEIRA: Costa; Goncalves, Silva, Rodrigues (Pestana 66), Patricio; Teixeirinha (Gomes ht), Silva, Micael (Agrela 86); Paulinho (Quaresma ht); Viveiros, Steve (Brito 63).

Referee: L Batista (Portugal).

 

U21's put icing on the cake with historic victory in Madeira

Don Givens

By Owen Cowzer
THE Republic of Ireland made history yesterday as they claimed their first ever tournament title at U-21 level winning the Madeira International Tournament after a dramatic 4-0 victory over Madeira on the final day.

Madeira U-21 0 Republic of Ireland U-2 14

Ireland knew that they would need a good result to boost their goal difference to see off Portugal who faced Italy after Ireland's game. But while Ireland rattled in four goals, Portugal could only score twice to make Ireland the tournament victors.

Ireland were superb during the game and won thanks to a first half brace by Cork City front man Kevin Doyle followed by a goal a-piece from Stephen Paisley and Willo Flood in the second half.

With midfield duo, Glenn Whelan and Paul Keegan, in total control, Ireland started the game brightly and almost scored in the ninth minute when Stephen Kelly shot wide when put clean through by Willo Flood.

Ireland did take the lead in the 23rd minute when Doyle finished confidently with his left foot from a tight angle after being slipped through by Liam Kearney.

Doyle doubled Ireland's advantage just after the half hour with a powerful near post header from a Flood cross after a wonderful build-up by Ireland involving six different players and it could have been 3-0 at the break had Whelan kept his penalty on target after Mark Yeates had been tripped in the box.

Manager Don Givens was given his marching orders just before half time also for protesting against a booking for Paisley though it had little affect on Ireland's performance as they continued to push forward.

Even with their manager on the sidelines, Ireland asserted their dominance and went close to adding a third early in the second half with Whelan and Keegan both going close while Kearney had a goal ruled out for offside.

And in the 54th minute, a third goal deservedly arrived when Paisley headed home unchallenged Keegan's accurate free kick.

With 11 minutes remaining, Ireland made it 4-0 when Flood raced onto Daryl Murphy's flick on before rifling the ball home with his left foot.

Manager Don Givens was delighted by the performance over the week. "It's great for the players," he said. "It's a nice thing to come here and finish top. The boys got what they deserved and they can feel proud of what they achieved.

"The professionalism they have shown in all three games has been exceptional.

"I think to come here and in four days, get results against Portugal, Italy and Madeira without conceding a goal is something we have to be pleased with."

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Henderson (C Doyle 83); Kelly, Fitzgerald, Cooney, Paisley; Flood, Keegan, Whelan, Kearney (Deane 81); Doyle (Cogan 73), Yeates, (Murphy ht).

MADEIRA: Costa; Goncalves, Silva, Rodrigues (Pestana 66), Patricio; Teixeirinha (Gomes ht), Silva, Micael (Agrela 86); Paulinho (Quaresma ht); Viveiros, Steve (Brito 63).

Referee: L Batista (Portugal).

 

U21's put icing on the cake with historic victory in Madeira

Don Givens

By Owen Cowzer
THE Republic of Ireland made history yesterday as they claimed their first ever tournament title at U-21 level winning the Madeira International Tournament after a dramatic 4-0 victory over Madeira on the final day.

Madeira U-21 0 Republic of Ireland U-2 14

Ireland knew that they would need a good result to boost their goal difference to see off Portugal who faced Italy after Ireland's game. But while Ireland rattled in four goals, Portugal could only score twice to make Ireland the tournament victors.

Ireland were superb during the game and won thanks to a first half brace by Cork City front man Kevin Doyle followed by a goal a-piece from Stephen Paisley and Willo Flood in the second half.

With midfield duo, Glenn Whelan and Paul Keegan, in total control, Ireland started the game brightly and almost scored in the ninth minute when Stephen Kelly shot wide when put clean through by Willo Flood.

Ireland did take the lead in the 23rd minute when Doyle finished confidently with his left foot from a tight angle after being slipped through by Liam Kearney.

Doyle doubled Ireland's advantage just after the half hour with a powerful near post header from a Flood cross after a wonderful build-up by Ireland involving six different players and it could have been 3-0 at the break had Whelan kept his penalty on target after Mark Yeates had been tripped in the box.

Manager Don Givens was given his marching orders just before half time also for protesting against a booking for Paisley though it had little affect on Ireland's performance as they continued to push forward.

Even with their manager on the sidelines, Ireland asserted their dominance and went close to adding a third early in the second half with Whelan and Keegan both going close while Kearney had a goal ruled out for offside.

And in the 54th minute, a third goal deservedly arrived when Paisley headed home unchallenged Keegan's accurate free kick.

With 11 minutes remaining, Ireland made it 4-0 when Flood raced onto Daryl Murphy's flick on before rifling the ball home with his left foot.

Manager Don Givens was delighted by the performance over the week. "It's great for the players," he said. "It's a nice thing to come here and finish top. The boys got what they deserved and they can feel proud of what they achieved.

"The professionalism they have shown in all three games has been exceptional.

"I think to come here and in four days, get results against Portugal, Italy and Madeira without conceding a goal is something we have to be pleased with."

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Henderson (C Doyle 83); Kelly, Fitzgerald, Cooney, Paisley; Flood, Keegan, Whelan, Kearney (Deane 81); Doyle (Cogan 73), Yeates, (Murphy ht).

MADEIRA: Costa; Goncalves, Silva, Rodrigues (Pestana 66), Patricio; Teixeirinha (Gomes ht), Silva, Micael (Agrela 86); Paulinho (Quaresma ht); Viveiros, Steve (Brito 63).

Referee: L Batista (Portugal).

 

U21's put icing on the cake with historic victory in Madeira

Don Givens

By Owen Cowzer
THE Republic of Ireland made history yesterday as they claimed their first ever tournament title at U-21 level winning the Madeira International Tournament after a dramatic 4-0 victory over Madeira on the final day.

Madeira U-21 0 Republic of Ireland U-2 14

Ireland knew that they would need a good result to boost their goal difference to see off Portugal who faced Italy after Ireland's game. But while Ireland rattled in four goals, Portugal could only score twice to make Ireland the tournament victors.

Ireland were superb during the game and won thanks to a first half brace by Cork City front man Kevin Doyle followed by a goal a-piece from Stephen Paisley and Willo Flood in the second half.

With midfield duo, Glenn Whelan and Paul Keegan, in total control, Ireland started the game brightly and almost scored in the ninth minute when Stephen Kelly shot wide when put clean through by Willo Flood.

Ireland did take the lead in the 23rd minute when Doyle finished confidently with his left foot from a tight angle after being slipped through by Liam Kearney.

Doyle doubled Ireland's advantage just after the half hour with a powerful near post header from a Flood cross after a wonderful build-up by Ireland involving six different players and it could have been 3-0 at the break had Whelan kept his penalty on target after Mark Yeates had been tripped in the box.

Manager Don Givens was given his marching orders just before half time also for protesting against a booking for Paisley though it had little affect on Ireland's performance as they continued to push forward.

Even with their manager on the sidelines, Ireland asserted their dominance and went close to adding a third early in the second half with Whelan and Keegan both going close while Kearney had a goal ruled out for offside.

And in the 54th minute, a third goal deservedly arrived when Paisley headed home unchallenged Keegan's accurate free kick.

With 11 minutes remaining, Ireland made it 4-0 when Flood raced onto Daryl Murphy's flick on before rifling the ball home with his left foot.

Manager Don Givens was delighted by the performance over the week. "It's great for the players," he said. "It's a nice thing to come here and finish top. The boys got what they deserved and they can feel proud of what they achieved.

"The professionalism they have shown in all three games has been exceptional.

"I think to come here and in four days, get results against Portugal, Italy and Madeira without conceding a goal is something we have to be pleased with."

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Henderson (C Doyle 83); Kelly, Fitzgerald, Cooney, Paisley; Flood, Keegan, Whelan, Kearney (Deane 81); Doyle (Cogan 73), Yeates, (Murphy ht).

MADEIRA: Costa; Goncalves, Silva, Rodrigues (Pestana 66), Patricio; Teixeirinha (Gomes ht), Silva, Micael (Agrela 86); Paulinho (Quaresma ht); Viveiros, Steve (Brito 63).

Referee: L Batista (Portugal).

 

U21's put icing on the cake with historic victory in Madeira

Don Givens

By Owen Cowzer
THE Republic of Ireland made history yesterday as they claimed their first ever tournament title at U-21 level winning the Madeira International Tournament after a dramatic 4-0 victory over Madeira on the final day.

Madeira U-21 0 Republic of Ireland U-2 14

Ireland knew that they would need a good result to boost their goal difference to see off Portugal who faced Italy after Ireland's game. But while Ireland rattled in four goals, Portugal could only score twice to make Ireland the tournament victors.

Ireland were superb during the game and won thanks to a first half brace by Cork City front man Kevin Doyle followed by a goal a-piece from Stephen Paisley and Willo Flood in the second half.

With midfield duo, Glenn Whelan and Paul Keegan, in total control, Ireland started the game brightly and almost scored in the ninth minute when Stephen Kelly shot wide when put clean through by Willo Flood.

Ireland did take the lead in the 23rd minute when Doyle finished confidently with his left foot from a tight angle after being slipped through by Liam Kearney.

Doyle doubled Ireland's advantage just after the half hour with a powerful near post header from a Flood cross after a wonderful build-up by Ireland involving six different players and it could have been 3-0 at the break had Whelan kept his penalty on target after Mark Yeates had been tripped in the box.

Manager Don Givens was given his marching orders just before half time also for protesting against a booking for Paisley though it had little affect on Ireland's performance as they continued to push forward.

Even with their manager on the sidelines, Ireland asserted their dominance and went close to adding a third early in the second half with Whelan and Keegan both going close while Kearney had a goal ruled out for offside.

And in the 54th minute, a third goal deservedly arrived when Paisley headed home unchallenged Keegan's accurate free kick.

With 11 minutes remaining, Ireland made it 4-0 when Flood raced onto Daryl Murphy's flick on before rifling the ball home with his left foot.

Manager Don Givens was delighted by the performance over the week. "It's great for the players," he said. "It's a nice thing to come here and finish top. The boys got what they deserved and they can feel proud of what they achieved.

"The professionalism they have shown in all three games has been exceptional.

"I think to come here and in four days, get results against Portugal, Italy and Madeira without conceding a goal is something we have to be pleased with."

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Henderson (C Doyle 83); Kelly, Fitzgerald, Cooney, Paisley; Flood, Keegan, Whelan, Kearney (Deane 81); Doyle (Cogan 73), Yeates, (Murphy ht).

MADEIRA: Costa; Goncalves, Silva, Rodrigues (Pestana 66), Patricio; Teixeirinha (Gomes ht), Silva, Micael (Agrela 86); Paulinho (Quaresma ht); Viveiros, Steve (Brito 63).

Referee: L Batista (Portugal).