Belgium bounce back in U-18 ties

Ireland U-18 boys 1 (Owen Magee) Belgium 5; Ireland U-18 girls 1 (Naomi Carroll) Belgium 1

A tired-looking Irish U-18 boys – playing their fifth match since Friday – fell 5-1 this afternoon to a stylish and technically sound Belgian outfit at Belfield, coming back from an early goal deficit.

Owen Magee had given the Irish the lead but the Belgians scored a pair of neatly worked corners to turn the tables before the break and added a second half double to complete the win.

The girls, meanwhile, came away with a draw from their second of three games. A scoreless opening period initially saw Ireland on top before the Belgians took control in the second quarter.

And they stole ahead after the short whistle when they used a high press to turnover and net. But an excellent Naomi Carroll goal forged the draw.

Aisling Naughton started the move, sliding through to Deirdre Duke who squared for Carroll to deftly pop over the goalkeeper from close range.

The boys (12pm) and girls (10am) complete their three-game series with the Belgians in Belfield tomorrow morning.

* For more of Adrian Boehm’s photos from the boy’s games click here, while the girl’s photos are here.

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