THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND BEATEN 1-0 IN AWAY FRIENDLY WITH TURKEY by C. La Malfa

After a long spell of deadly silence, in the Irish-Italian Football fraternity, following the elimination of both Ireland and Italy from this summer’s World Cup, hope for a bit of solace from tonight’s Turkey-Ireland friendly was utterly dashed.
From the very start it was pretty clear that O’Neill’s eleven were facing rather tough and well organized opponents. Although most of the first 45 minutes were played in the Irish half, it was Ireland that in the 17th minute went very close to scoring with an in depth incursion by Hogan but he kicked the ball passed the right hand side of the Turkish goal post.
The home side didn’t have to wait long before Topal drove the ball into the Irish net on the 51’ from close range in a crowded Irish goal area. The match ended 1-0 for Turkey and the Irish, once again, paid dearly for their lack of incisiveness, matching technical skill and strategy in spite of a number of new recruits and the Trojan work by some of the players.



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