Tuesday, September 07, 2021


KLUB Kildare’s Ruadhan Kane made his Irish U17 International debut in the second of two friendly internationals against Mexico in Turners Cross on Tuesday afternoon.


Klub Kildare’s Ruadhan Kane (wearing No 17, third from left at the back) with the Irish U17 team which started the friendly against Mexico in Turner’s Cross on Tuesday afternoon Photo: INPHO/Ken Sutton

The Prosperous youngster was one of five changes made by Manager, Colin O’Brien from Sunday’s 2-0 victory over the South Americans, Kane played for the entire game but unfortunately a brace from striker Alonso Ripoll ensured Mexico would win this second game in the two  game series  2-0.

Ireland were looking to make it back-to-back triumphs ahead of their UEFA Under-17 European Championship qualifiers, which also take place in Cork in October, but Ripoll’s second-half double before a Kevin Zefi penalty miss meant this Irish camp ended in defeat. Shamrock Rovers later announced that Zefli had transferred to the mighty Inter Milan.

“We have had a fantastic week,” admitted manager Colin O’Brien shortly after full-time.

“Mexico are a powerhouse at this age group. Two years ago they were in the World Cup final, they have quick players, explosive with really good actions on the ball so our players got a lot from it.

“They were high-intensity games so we are delighted with that and I think it will stand to us going into competition in four weeks time.

“I think this will be huge, we will get huge benefits from this camp. The level of games we got this week will be a real eye-opener for the players, it will really stand to them.”

Colin O’Brien’s team return to Turner’s Cross next month for the UEFA Qualifiers and everyone in Kildare is hoping that Ruadhan Kane has done enough over the last week to earn inclusion in the squad for those games.

Republic of Ireland: Walsh (Doherty HT), Browne, Heffernan, Ferizaj, Zefi, O’Mahony (McLoughlin 61), Umeh, Kelly, Lipsivc (McManus 61), Kane, Murray (Kone Doherty HT).

Mexico: Lara, Delgado, Avalos (Lopez 51), Ochoa, Contreras, Ripoll (Padilla 71), Ramirez (Jurardo 71), Arztia (Benitez 51), J Dominguez (Palma 71), Vazquez (Soto 60), Oliva (A Dominguez 60).

Referee: Kevin O’Sullivan (Ireland).

Meanwhile Kill’s Andy Lyons (Bohemians) is on the bench for the U21 UEFA qualifier against Luxembourg and Leixlip’s Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich City) is in the Match Day Squad for the World Cup Qualifier against Serbia at the Aviva on Tuesday night. 


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