Thursday, September 23, 2021






KILDARE’S Leo Healy (Klub Kildare) from Naas, and the Leixlip pair of Luke Kehir and Sean Mackey, both of whom play for St Patrick’s Athletic, were part of the Republic of Ireland U16 team which scored a second victory over Malta in their National Stadium on Thursday morning, this time winning 6 -0.

Klub Kildare’s Leo Healy, who won his second cap with the Irish U16’s in their victory over Malta on Thursday morning

Healy, a second half substitute in Tuesday’s 3 – 0 friendly win, started Thursday’s game as did Kehir before being replaced by his Coláiste Chiarain schoolmate, Mackey, who captained Tuesday’s team, with 20 minutes to go on Thursday.

St. Patrick’s Athletic’s Brian Moore hit a second-half hat-trick as Republic of Ireland Men’s Under-16s recorded a stunning 6-0 win.  

Moore was introduced at half-time and was ruthless in front of goal for Paul Osam’s side as Ireland scored five second-half goals.

Bohemians’ Nickson Okosun netted a brace and Chelsea’s Michael Golding scored his first goal for Ireland with a fine top corner finish.

Osam handed the captaincy to Shamrock Rovers’ Cory O’Sullivan and introduced to the starting line-up goal scorers from Tuesday’s game, Cian Morling and Okosun.

Ireland got the breakthrough in the 25th minute. Morling was brought down in the penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot. Okosun cooly stroked the ball into the bottom corner, sending Malta goalkeeper Jake Scicluna the wrong way.

At half-time Moore was introduced for Morling and the Pat’s man would get the first of his three goals in the 49th minute with a clinical finish that went in off the post.

Four minutes later it was 3-0 to Ireland and Okosun had his second. Great work from Luke Kehir saw him round the goalkeeper and put it on a plate for a tap-in for Okosun, taking the Bohs’ striker’s tally for the week to three goals.

Michael Golding made it 4-0 in the 75th minute, turning sharply inside the box and finishing into the top left corner.

Moore got his second three minutes later when he finished at the front post from a Sean Hayden cross. He sealed his hat-trick in the final minute of the game when he capitalised on a mistake in the Malta defence to finish past the goalkeeper and complete the scoring for Ireland.

The win was their second in the week over their opponents and the 16s will turn their attention to the Victory Shield next month in Belfast.

Malta: Scicluna (GK); Fardell, Previi, K. Farrugia, Debono, Okeke; Zammit, B. Farrugia; Hudson, Delicata (C), Bugeja.
Substitutions: Gaela (GK), Briffa, Carabott, Zammit, Cassar, Mattocks, Agius, J Azzopardi, I. Azzopardi.

Republic of Ireland: Maher (GK); O’Sullivan (C) (Hayden, 70), Jakas, Swieczka (Sheeran, 70); Razi (Cannon, 55), Kehir (Mackey, 70), Healy, Golding, O’Halloran (Turley, 70) ; Morling (Moore 41), Okosun (Kone Doherty, 55).



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