Second-half goals from Mohamed Dahmouni, Hugo Alba and Jorge Castillo were enough to win the game in front of crowd of 400 people in Alicante.*
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Ireland went close on several occasions with Waterford’s Jason Healy a stand-out performer in goal for the young Boys in Green.
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The first half saw Ireland under pressure for large parts of the opening period with Healy denying multiple Spanish efforts.*
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The Irish rear guard performed superbly throwing their bodies on the line to protect their goal and almost snatched the lead just before half-time.
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Taylor Mooney found himself one-on-one with Alvaro Moreno but the St. Pat’s man was unable to find a way past the Atletico Madrid goalkeeper who denied the effort with his feet and ensuring the teams went into the break level at 0-0.
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In the 58th*minute Healy was called into action again and produced a fine save spreading himself to deny Spain taking the lead after they were put through one-on-one.
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But Ireland’s resolve was broken in the 61st*minute when Mohamed Dahmouni reacted quickest to an effort that struck the crossbar and the Celta Vigo defender was able to turn the ball home.
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Ireland didn’t sit back and Shamrock Rovers’ Naz Razi weaved past three Spanish defenders before seeing his goal-bound effort saved by Moreno as they looked for a way back in the game.
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In the 72nd*minute it was the turn of Bohemians’ Nickson Okosun to cause problems for Spain. His effort was blocked by a covering defender after a great run down the left.
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Spain doubled their through lead in the 76th*minute through Barcelona’s Hugo Alba who calmly finished from close range and it was 3-0 two minutes later when Atletico Madrid-man Jorge Castillo found the bottom corner.
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Next up for Ireland is Norway on Sunday.
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Spain:*Moreno, Fortea, Fernandez, Fort, Prim, Yamal, Garcia, Musa, Cortina, Diaz, Martinez.*Substitutes:*Muñoz, Diaz, Castillo, Ben, Alba, Olmedo, Vergaz, Londoño, Velarde, Dahmouni, Marcos, Montes.
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Republic of Ireland:*Healy; Mackey (C), O’Sullivan (McCarthy 74), Hayden; Turley, Negry-McGrath, Dodd (Queally 60), Kehir, O’Halloran (Okosun 60)**Razi; Mooney (Patton 74)
International friendly fixtures (all kick-off times are Irish time)
Sunday, November 28 | Ireland MU16 v Norway MU16, venue TBC, KO 11am
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Introduction:
Spain's Men’s Under-16s overcame a resilient Republic of Ireland MU16s display to win 3-0 in Orihuela in the second of three friendlies in Spain for Paul Osam’s side.




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