Ireland off to flying start in Croatia 

by Aaron Dunne
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The Republic of Ireland Men’s Under-18s got off to the perfect start in their tournament in Croatia with a 3-1 win over Sweden in Poreč. 

 A brace from Cork City’s Mark O’Mahony and a debut goal from Crystal Palace’s Joseph Gibbard were enough to give Colin O’Brien’s team the win.

 Ireland were ahead in the eighth minute when Franco Umeh was felled in the box and his club teammate, O’Mahony, stepped-up to score the resulting penalty.

Shortly after Sweden were level through Momodou Lamin Sonko but IGibbard gave Ireland the lead when his strike from the edge of the box for a goal on his first game in an Irish jersey shortly after the break.

O’Mahony gave Ireland a two-goal lead in the 54th minute when his he was able to convert on the rebound following a save from Bishesari.That sealed it as a contest with Ireland now heading into Friday’s game with Denmark full of confidence.

Photo: The Republic of Ireland men’s U-18 side that beat Sweden in Croatia

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