Cork's attacking duo Idah and Wright offer hope for Ireland's future

Cork's attacking duo Idah and Wright offer hope for Ireland's future
Adam Idah in action recently. Picture: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

TWO young Cork men are showing that the Ireland senior men’s side may have a bright future and a replacement for Robbie Keane in another year or two.

After another poor display in Denmark last night where Ireland failed to score for the fifth game in a row, the pressure is mounting on Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane to find a replacement for Robbie Keane.

Ireland have forgotten how to score and if Adam Idah and Tyriek Wright keep up their impressive performances with the Ireland U18s, they may be the next teenagers after Michael Obafemi to make it into the senior squad.

Tyriek Wright in action. Picture: Malcolm Couzens/Sportsfile
Tyriek Wright in action. Picture: Malcolm Couzens/Sportsfile

Former Corinthian Boys striker Idah and former Lakewood man Wright are starring with the U18s and yesterday Idah hit the winner (1-0) against the Netherlands at an invitational tournament in Spain, while Wright came on at the start of the second half and did well.

The only goal of the contest arrived after a well-worked Irish move. Racing on to the end of a through ball, Idah scored with a composed and confident finish.

It’s the second time that the Cork striker has scored against the Dutch. He was also on target in the UEFA U19 Championship qualifying found win between the sides in Longford last month.

“Those performances will probably affect our side in March, as a lot of the players will be with the Under-19s for the Elite Round. I’m delighted for them. We want to be pushing on our best players.”

Adam Idah, 9, celebrates a goal. Picture: Malcolm Couzens/Sportsfile
Adam Idah, 9, celebrates a goal. Picture: Malcolm Couzens/Sportsfile

Idah is finding the net with regularity for club and country. He scored a hat-trick in Norwich U23s’ recent win over West Brom, earning the praise of former Norwich City star Darren Huckerby.

Idah played his schoolboy football for Corinthians before signing for Norwich in 2017. He ended his first season on the books of the Championship outfit by winning the club’s U18 and Academy player of the year awards.

Yesterday’s win over Holland was Ireland’s second of the tournament, having beaten Belgium on an opening day, 2-1, with Wright scoring the winner from the penalty spot.

Given the current state of the senior side, the talent of the U18s has given supporters of Irish football some reason for optimism.

Ireland's Tyriek Wright. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Ireland's Tyriek Wright. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

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