From The West of Ireland
    Go to Castlebar | Photo Gallery | Castlebar Directory | Nostalgia Board
Sports : Soccer Last Updated: 2, Apr 2018 - 10:02

Success for FAI Development Squad in Mayo Cup
25, Aug 2015 - 08:34

Email this article
 Printer friendly page

THE Republic of Ireland Development squad ran out winners of the Mayo International Cup in Castlebar on Sunday (23 August 2015) after a 3-0 victory over Northern Ireland on the final day of the competition.

Tom O'Connor's side won all four fixtures in the competition and conceded just one goal so the Irish performance over the weekend was very promising.

Kevin Healy helped force the opening goal after a short corner-kick routine then player of the tournament Aaron Connolly made it 2-0 after being put through on the Northern Ireland keeper. A counter-attack led to the third goal with Lee O'Connor finding the net.

"It was a very good weekend. It was well organised and well run as always," said Head Coach Tom O'Connor.

"The players got a lot of game time and played against teams with different playing styles.

"We were defensively sound and our passing out from the back was very evident from the work that has been done with the Emerging Talent Programme. Aaron Connolly got player of the tournament and his finishing was exceptional. We'll be looking for a lot of the others to step to the mark in terms of putting the ball in the net."

O'Connor's side began the tournament with a 5-1 win over Chesterfield. Gavin Kilkenny opened the scoring in the first minute then just two minutes later Connolly made it 2-0 after he received the ball 25 yards from goal and finished it in superb style to the top corner.

Aaron Bolger set up the third Irish goal in the tenth minute when he slipped the ball through to Cian Murphy who made no mistake and five minutes before the break it was 4-0 after Dominic Peppard headed home.

Chesterfield pulled one back with a Maasai Dearlove penalty early in the second half then five minutes from time Chesterfield's Jordan Wells put the ball in his own net.

Next up with Millwall and the Irish ran out 4-0 victors. Connolly made it 1-0 on 17 minutes when he latched on to a ball over the top and knocked it past keeper Joseph Wright.

Connolly had a hand in the second goal on 23 minutes when his shot was parried by Wright and Thomas Caffrey converted the loose ball. Ten minutes after the break Ireland went 3-0 up as Jordan Doherty struck a brilliant effort from 25 yards out.

Cian Lee set up the fourth Irish goal with a brilliant cross from the right wing which Connolly headed to the roof of the net.

Ireland then beat the FAI Castlebar select 3-0 in a decent encounter. In the final minute of the first half a terrific through ball sent Connolly through to slot the ball into the bottom corner of the net. Castlebar started the second half on the front foot and had a brilliantly struck free-kick tipped over the bar by the Irish keeper Patryk Osinski.

Five minutes in Ireland went 2-0 up. A pass from FAI Castlebar's goalkeeper was intercepted by Connelly and he calmly finished his second of the game. Ireland grabbed the final goal of the game two minutes from time with a delightful finish by their tricky winger Yassine En-Neyah into the corner of the net just outside of keeper Lorcan Callaghan's reach.

"The Castlebar side were very good too and some of those players will be candidates for the international squad this year too," said O'Connor.

"The players will have benefited from this experience. You could see the work had been done both offensively and defensively. When they progress to the next stage in international football the work done in learning how to keep clean sheets will stand to them.

"There'll be a training camp in September and a development tournament later in the year. Ireland U17 coach Tom Mohan was here attending the tournament so maybe they'll catch his eye and be possibilities for the U17s too."


Rep of Ireland 3-0 Northern Ireland

Millwall FC 2-1 Chesterfield FC

Chesterfield FC 1-3 FAI Castlebar

Millwall FC 0-4 Rep of Ireland

Northern Ireland 2-1 Chesterfield FC

Rep of Ireland 3-0 FAI Castlebar

Northern Ireland 2-1 Millwall FC

FAI Castlebar 3-1 Northern Ireland

Chesterfield FC 1-5 Rep of Ireland

Millwall FC 3-2 FAI Castlebar

© Copyright 2015 by © Contributor(s) and Castlebar Web Pages 1997 - 2018

.. Top of Page

Latest Headlines
U18 Quigley Cup Final
Mayo SL v Shamrock Rovers in Solar 21 Park on July 28th, Kick off 2pm
Connacht Cup & Shield Fixtures Weekend 7th/8th April 2018
SFAI SUBWAY U13 Championship ADSL v Mayo
Mayo U18 Boys v Waterford
Galway U13 v Mayo U13 3/2/2018 Eamon Deacy Park SFAI SUBWAY INTERLEAGUE championship
SPAR FAI Primary School 5s programme
Soccer News Dec 2017/Jan2018
Mayo U13s V Longford U13s
Referees Beginner Course
Mayo Womens league Notes - 14/07/2017
Mayo U17 Finals at Milebush
UEFA Under 16 Development Tournament Launch
Results of the Connaught Underage Finals
CFA Results and Fixtures
T P Brennan Connacht Cup & Shield Semi Final Fixtures
Connacht Youths Finals Fixtures
U18 Quigley Cup Final
Mayo Under-11 Cup 2017 Report
Interested in a Women's 7-A-Side?
Mayo U 18s Boys v Kildare Inter League
Soccer: T P Brennan Connacht Cup 2nd Round Fixtures
FAI U18 Boys Inter League match v Kildare Cancelled
Upcoming Connacht Soccer Fixtures
FAI Schools | Results & Fixtures
2017 FAI Summer Soccer Schools Coach Applications
FAI Courses in Mayo Jan - Mar 2017
Soccer Updates
FAI Coach Education Workshops in Westport Utd FC
Mayo Soccer Fixtures 3rd/4th Dec 2016
FAI Kickstart Courses
Helen Johnson Cup and Interleague Match Reports
Helen Johnson Cup Final
Finals In Milebush Park
Quigley Cup Final U18s
Connacht Underage Finals Results
FAI Season Ticket launched
Ireland WU16s set for Welsh challenge
Manulla FC Blitz
Connell Selects Republic of Ireland Women's Under 19s
Top Class UK Academies to Play in Milebush
Damien for Euro16
Connacht Cup & Shield Draws
Milebush Park Fixtures
Mayo Women's League Awards Night
Referees Beginner Course 2016
Mayo Women's League AGM 2015
FAI Junior Cup 6th Round Draw
Mayo U16 Girls Emerging Talent Programme Trials
Mayo Schoolboys League Trials for U15 Boys
FAI Kickstart 2 Course
Jessica Nolan on Ireland U19 Squad for Slovenia
Ballyheane FC Presentation
MMHA International Cup Launch
U18 Helen Johnson Final Result
Success for FAI Development Squad in Mayo Cup
Mayo International Results and Remaining Fixtures
Kickstart 1 Soccer Coach Education Course
Irish Development Squad for Mayo International Cup
Mayo International Cup Fixtures
Soccer Fixtures To 7th August 2015
Results of Saturdays Finals in Milebush Park
Mayo Soccer News
Damien MacGraith to officiate UEFA Super Cup Final
Mayo Schoolboys /Girls Under 10 Blitz.
Kickstart 1 Soccer Coach Education Course
SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Finalists Announced
Emma to play against USA and Haiti
Referee Beginners Course
Snugboro Utd FC underage Player Registration Final Call
Fixtures 14th March
Snugboro Utd FC Young Player Registration 2015
Soccer Updates 25 Feb 2015
Osam Names Home-Based U18 Squad for Wales Games
Castlebar Celtic Youths Registration
Soccer Update - 6 Feb 2015
FAI News - Jan 2015
Goalkeeper Coaches Clinic
Women's National League Previews
Primary Schools Futsal Competition
Wexford v Castlebar & Ireland v Gibraltar
Ireland U15s suffer narrow defeat in Poland
Women's National League Round-up
O'Brien Names U15 Squad for Poland Friendlies
FAI Women’s National League Previews
Galway WFC 3-4 Castlebar Celtic
Women's National League Previews
Ireland WU17's face Danes in friendly games
FAI Games Workshops
Soccer News - 1 Sep 2014
Final Day Mayo International Cup 2014
Day 2 of Mayo International Cup 2014
Day 1 of Mayo International Cup
Mayo International Cup Brochures
Castlebar Credit Union Sponsorship
Mayo International Cup 2014 Launch
Mayo International Cup - 22-24 Aug 2014
Child Welfare Workshops for Soccer Clubs
Ireland UEFA WU19 Championships Win
Sarah Rowe on UEFA Squad