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Republic of Ireland manager Colin O'Brien at Turner's Cross. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland manager Colin O'Brien at Turner's Cross. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
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Happy homecoming for Colin O'Brien as Ireland U17s are too slick for Andorra

Republic of Ireland 6 Andorra 0

Colin O’Brien’s Cork homecoming was a victorious one as his Republic of Ireland U17s began their European Championship qualifying group on a winning note at Turner’s Cross last night.

The first of three games at the venue – Ireland play Montenegro on Friday and Israel on Monday – was fairly one-sided, with Robert Mahon putting Ireland ahead inside two minutes from Sinclair Armstrong’s cross.

Robert Mahon celebrates his goal at the Cross. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Robert Mahon celebrates his goal at the Cross. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

The lead allowed them to dominate possession and though Andorra went close on 21 minutes, with Marc Rossell Fort testing Daniel Rose, Ireland got a second just after that as Armstrong’s cross was deflected in.

Two more goals followed in quick succession, both from Evan Ferguson, first heading home from Ben McCormack’s cross and then finishing off a lovely passing move that was emblematic of Ireland’s play.

Cork City’s Oran Crowe was introduced for the second half as one of a number of substitutes and acquitted himself well. 

A fifth goal arrived for Ireland on 72 minutes as Colin Conroy’s cross was dropped into the net by Marc De Castro Prat, who made a number of saves throughout, while sub Calum Kavangh added a sixth goal with 13 minutes left.

In the other game, Israel beat Montenegro 1-0 in St Colman’s Park in Cobh.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Rose (Everton); O’Brien (Bohemians), L Kavanagh (Bray Wanderers), Garcia McNulty (Wolfsburg), Adaramola (Crystal Palace); Conroy (Bohemians), Martin-Conway (St Patrick’s Athletic); Armstrong (Shamrock Rovers), McCormack (St Patrick’s Athletic), Mahon (Bohemians); Ferguson (Bohemians).

Subs: O’Neill (Fulham) for Armstrong, Crowe (Cork City) for Martin-Conway (both half-time), Barlow (Sligo Rovers) for O’Brien, Moran (Sligo Rovers) for McCormack (both 61), C Kavanagh (Middlesbrough) for Ferguson (73).

ANDORRA: De Castro Prat; Guardia Tauste, Del Pozo Sanjaume, Rodrigues Trave, Alvarez Sanchez; Rossell Fort, Silva Torra, Babot Müller, Puigsegur Calvo; Alonso Izquierdo, Remolins Planes.

Subs: Checa Rubio for Puigsegur Calvo, Cerqueira Carvalho for Silva Torra (both 61), Sola Garcia for Alonso Izquierdo (70), Palou Roca for Alvarez Sanchez, Arrahaoui Ferreira for Rossell Fort (both 83).

Referee: A Matiunin (Russia)