Irish youngsters stun Holland

  • Last Updated: February 6 2013, 20:34 GMT

A review of Wednesday's Under-21 friendly action so far, including Republic of Ireland's 3-0 victory over Holland.

Noel King: Saw his Irish youngsters beat Holland 3-0

Debutant Aiden O'Brien claimed a double as the Republic of Ireland surged to an impressive 3-0 friendly victory over the Netherlands.

The 19-year-old Millwall striker scored twice before the break, firing his side ahead after 10 minutes and then increasing their advantage eight minutes before half-time.

Wolves midfielder Anthony Forde completed the job when he converted a 57th-minute penalty to cap a second successive victory for Noel King's side, who ended the qualifying campaign for the 2013 European Championships with a 4-2 win in Italy in September last year.

Wales gained a morale-boosting 3-0 win against Iceland at Stebonheath Park ahead of their 2015 European Championship qualifying campaign.

Substitute Wes Burns, one of seven players to win their first caps, grabbed the opener with a dozen minutes to play before Jonathan Williams and Robert Ogleby sealed a first win for manager Geraint Williams.

Billy Stark's Scotland drew 1-1 in Greece as they completed their preparations for the 2015 European Championships qualifiers.

The Dark Blue youths fought back from a goal down against their hosts in Korinthos to level through Celtic striker Tony Watt's second-half penalty.

The result will be used as a stepping stone, as the Scots now aim to bounce back from their failure to qualify for this year's finals in Israel by reaching the next tournament, which will be staged in the Czech Republic in two years' time.

The team have been drawn against Holland for the second qualifying campaign running and will also have to overcome Luxembourg, Slovakia and Georgia when their Group Three bid begins next month.


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