Republic of Ireland got their Victory Shield tournament underway on Sunday Evening with a four goals to nil win against two year running champions, Wales. It was a one sided affair with Ireland scoring three goals in the first half and a forth in the second while Wales were unable to find the back of the net despite their best efforts.
Ireland kicked off the match and their scoring in the second minute of the match. A free kick 15 yards out on the right side of goal taken by Max Murphy saw the ball arrive at the head of Nathan Collins at the left side of the goal. Collins then headed the ball across goal to Adam Idah who headed the effort into the net past Welsh keeper, Dan Barden to put his team ahead.
The Welsh had a good counter attacking effort a minute later to try get themselves back into the game. A break from Jack Vale on the left side of the pitch saw the player shimmy past defenders to get himself central with the opposition’s goal, he then fired the ball but it went wide of the right side post.
Ireland then had a great opportunity to double their lead in the 13th minute. A shot from Idah on the left side struck the goal post and Barry Coffey was at the opposite post to tap the ball into an empty net, however, the player’s shot went wide.
The Irish players then had a great effort on goal from a free kick in the 31st minute. Idah laid off the central free kick to Kameron Ledwidge on the left side who then turned to strike the ball towards the bottom right corner, forcing Barden to make the save to put the ball out for a corner. Ireland then doubled their lead from the resulting corner. Ledwidge stepped up at the corner flag to send a ball into Collins at the far post who headed the effort into the right side of goal.
Things then went from bad to worse for Wales as Ireland got their third goal of the evening before going in for half time. Ireland forward, Tyreik Wright sent a ball into the box from the left side of the pitch which was met by the headed effort of Idah. His shot was saved by Barden, however, the Welsh keeper could not collect the ball as Idah struck the ball on the rebound adding to his team’s scoring in the 39th minute.