Brian Kerr’s Under- 20 team gained ample compensation for their defeat by Korea on Monday in the opening game of their four-nation tournament when they beat host nation, the United Arab Emirates, 3-2 in their second game in Abu Dhabi this afternoon.
Bray Wanderers striker Eamonn Zayed was the star of the Irish victory scoring twice after the home side had taken the lead after just four minutes with a goal from Mohammed.
Zayed struck for his first after thirteen minutes to level the game and then scored his second, which turned out to be the winner, in the 66th minute.
The home side had gone ahead for the second time when Hammed scored in 53rd minute but just three minutes later John Fitzgerald (Blackburn Rovers) equalised again for the Irish.
This, again, was another fine display of football from Kerr's lads.
Just as on Monday in their opening match, they were clearly the better side and showed some wonderful powers of recovery after the home side had twice been in front.
The opening UAE goal after just four minutes was an early shocker for the Irish but they did not allow it to upset their composure and they quickly wiped it out with Zayed’s first goal nine minutes later. The UAE goal had come about following a collision between Stephen Paisley (Manchester City) and John Fitzgerald.
And even when the Emirates went ahead again in the 53rd minute with Hammed’s goal, Ireland quickly responded with another equaliser from Fitzgerald just three minutes later .
Zayed’s winner in the 66th was no more than Ireland deserved.
The Republic play France in their final game on Friday.
Republic of Ireland : Wayne Henderson (Aston Villa), Stephen Kelly (Tottenham Hotspur), John Fitzgerald (Blackburn Rovers), Stephen Capper (Sunderland), Stephen Paisley (Manchester City), Adrian Deane (Charlton Athletic), Darren Potter (Liverpool), Graham Ward (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Keith Gilroy (Middlesboro), Stephen Elliott (Manchester City), Eamonn Zayed (Bray Wanderers).
Subs - Kevin Doyle (St. Patrick’s Athletic) for Elliott (h.t.), Michael Foley (Liverpool) for Gilroy (h.t.), Sean Dillon (Longford Town) for Paisley (47 mins), Paul Keegan (Leeds United) for Ward (74 mins), John Kendrick (Newcastle United) for Capper (81 mins), Stephen Brennan (Newcastle United) for Deane (90 mins).