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30/04/2019, 4:20 PM
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Ireland Under-16s Head Coach Paul Osam is expecting a ‘physical test’ when his team take on Fiji in the UEFA Development Tournament in Israel on Wednesday.
Ireland won their opening fixture 2-1 against the hosts Israel thanks to second-half goals by Evan Ferguson and Robbie Mahon and head into the game against Fiji in confident mood.
But Osam says his side are not taking the Fijians lightly with temperatures expected to hit 30 degrees come kick off.
He said: "We watched them (Fiji) against Ukraine and they are defensively organised and will look to hit us on the counter attack. They are physically bigger than us and a little older so it's another test for us to take on.
"The temperatures have been around 30 degrees and it will be challenging for the players but I expect us to have much more of the ball and create chances so it's down to us to convert those opportunities.
“There will be a number of changes to the starting 11 as we want keep the players fresh. There’s not much recovery time between the matches and with a squad of 20 players it’s about them all getting experience at this level.”
UEFA Under-16 Development Tournament - Result
29/4: Israel 1-2 Republic of Ireland, Shefayim
UEFA Under-16 Development Tournament - Fixtures
1/5: Fiji v Republic of Ireland, Shefayim, 3pm (1pm Irish time)
3/5: Republic of Ireland v Ukraine, Shefayim, 9.30am (7.30am Irish time)
Republic of Ireland Under-16 Squad
Goalkeepers: Josh Keeley (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Daniel Rose (Everton),
Defenders: Kailin Barlow (Sligo Rovers), Fionnan Coyle (Finn Harps), Oisin Hand (Shamrock Rovers), Gavin O'Brien (Bohemians), Kevin Platon (Shamrock Rovers), Daragh Reilly (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Adam Wells (Shamrock Rovers)*
Midfielders: Colin Conroy (Bohemians), Oran Crowe (Cork City), Jamie Doyle (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Kyle Martin-Conway (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Ben McCormack (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Andrew Moran (Bray Wanderers), Glory Nzingo (St. Patrick’s Athletic)
Forwards: Sinclair Armstrong (Shamrock Rovers), Evan Ferguson (Bohemians), Calum Kavanagh (Middlesbrough), Robbie Mahon (Bohemians)



Ireland Category:
Under 16 Mens (https://foot.ie/ireland/teams/under-16-mens)


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Fiji - Republic of Ireland | 2019 - U16 Mens Friendlies | 999945604


Introduction:
Ireland Under-16s Head Coach Paul Osam is expecting a ‘physical test’ when his team take on Fiji in the UEFA Development Tournament in Israel on Wednesday.




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