A Jean Yves Poame goal at Coolock’s Oscar Traynor Centre last night saw Ireland’s Under-15 side defeat Finland in a friendly played on a still night on Dublin’s northside. In the first of two friendly internationals in three days between the two nations, Niall Harrisons Ireland side had the basis of a strong first half performance to thank for their victory.
It was from Malahide United’s Zacharay Elbouzedi’s corner that Corduff FC midfielder Poame struck the decisive goal. Shortly after Stephen Kinsella of Templeogue United was put through on goal by the always energetic Brandon Payne but Kinsella was thwarted by visiting goalkeeper Jere Pirainen who also saved well from Kinsella’s own shot five minutes later.
Finand’s best chance came shortly before the interval when Niilo Mäenpää had a long distance effort that was saved by St. Kevins Boys’ Corey Chambers. Chamber’s club team mate Robert McCourt and Lucan United’s Conor Masterson had to offer concentrated defensive performances in order aide their side to hold on to a tight lead.