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O’Connor had the home side in front after ten minutes with a clinical finish from close range.
The UCD man started the move himself when he linked up with Shane Day-Butz, who went on to find Darragh Noone and he played the ball into O’Connor’s path for the midfielder to fire past Callum Davidson for the only goal of a closely fought game.
The Irish were the dominant side throughout and they created a couple of other chances to add to their total efforts. But Alan O’Sullivan, Shane Day-Butz and O’Connor all failed to find the target, while Adrian Delap hit the base of the upright with another great chance.
The Scots always posed a treat in counter attacks and Robbie McGlade and Anton Dowds tested Matt Connor in the home goal but they failed to make the breakthrough and grab an equaliser.
SCOTTISH UNIVERSITIES: C Davidson (A Cadzow 85); C Windram (A Webb 83), M Verkaik, C Morgan, M Condie; R McGlade, F Daniels-Yeoman, R Kellock (R Calbacho 60); K Hall (M Bolotov 72), A Dowds, L Hunter (E Skjaeveland 66).
Referee: J Dyas (Dundalk)
Donald Park named his Scotland U19 squad that will travel to Spain to face Denmark and Austria at the end of February.
Rangers’ Matthew Shield, Wolves’ Elliot Watt, Kerr McInroy and Jack Aitchison of Celtic and Reading’s Ben House are all brought into the squad.
The two International Challenge Matches are part of the squad’s preparations for the Euros Elite Round qualifying stage where they will face Germany, the Netherlands and Norway for a place at the European Championships in Finland this summer.
The squad in full is:
Aidan McAdams (Rangers)
Kieran Wright (Rangers)
Aidan Wilson (Rangers)
Daniel Baur (Heart of Midlothian)
Matthew Shiels (Rangers)
Robbie Deas (Celtic)
Ryan Porteous (Hibernian)
Stephen Welsh (Celtic)
Wallace Duffy (Celtic)
Charlie Gilmour (Arsenal)
Elliot Watt (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Jamie Barjonas (Rangers)
Jordan Holsgrove (Reading)
Kerr McInroy (Celtic)
Ben House (Reading)
Fraser Hornby (Everton)
Fraser Murray (Hibernian)
Glenn Middleton (Rangers)
Jack Aitchison (Celtic)
Zak Rudden (Rangers)
“The GoFitba project is a fantastic way to showcase what Scottish football clubs and organisations can offer to the young members of their communities. It is projects such as this that positively contribute to changing behaviours and attitudes at an early age and we are delighted to have played a role in funding this initiative.”
The 12 community clubs involved are:
Aberdeen Community Trust
Dundee East Community Sports Club
Glenrothes Strollers FC
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Community
Kilmarnock Community Sports Trust
Kilwinning Sports Club
Motherwell FC Community Trust
Pollock United Soccer Academy
Spartans Community Football Academy
St. Mirren in the Community
The Scotland U17s and U19s learned their Elite Qualifying groups for this summer’s European Championships, and their qualifying groups for the 2018-19 campaign.
After finishing runners up to the Czech Republic in their qualification group, the U19s have been drawn into Group One in the Elite Round, alongside Germany, The Netherlands and Norway. The top two in the group will advance to the European Championships in Finland in July.
As for the 2018/19 campaign, they are in Qualification Group Four, with home nation rivals Wales, Sweden and San Marino.
The U17s topped their group on goal difference, and have been drawn into qualification Group Eight, with Germany, Greece and Norway. A first or second place finish will be enough for them to earn a spot in the finals, which take place in England this May.
For the 2018/19 campaign, the U17s are in Group Five, alongside Switzerland, Cyprus and Kosovo.
“I've absolutely seen an improvement in him over the past few months. You see him on the training pitch when we're doing defending or working on how we're going to press, because we need to get the ball back before we can play. He understands that now. He wants to be a part of this. He's a great lad, he wants to be a part of the group and the group want him to be a part of them.”