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WATCH: Conroy’s Republic of Ireland claim Victory Shield win over Wales

Republic of Ireland U-16 squad

Republic of Ireland 4 Wales 0
Victory Shield Round 2

The Republic Ireland U-16s are back on track in the Victory Shield and a Laois man was instrumental in today’s win.

Paul Osam’s side went down 3-1 to Northern Ireland in Monday’s opener and knew that defeat here would end any hope they had of reclaiming the trophy they won in 2017.

But Portlaoise native Colin Conroy, who came on as a substitute in the defeat to the North, was in from the start this time and his inclusion yielded a positive result.

He was the catalyst for the opening goal as his lofted ball found Louie Barry who flicked the ball over the keeper in the 21st minute and finished to put Ireland ahead.

It was 2-0 in Tralee before half time as Oliver O’Neill doubled Ireland’s advantage and they never looked back after that.

The second half saw more goals for Ireland as Andrew Moran and Oliver O’Neill rattled the net to seal a fine win.

The Republic of Ireland face Scotland, who drew with Wales in Round 1, in their final game.

The Scots face Norther Ireland tonight and Conroy’s team will be hoping they can do them a favour by taking points off the North.

If they do, it will give the Republic a chance to defend their title by winning the final game on Friday against Scotland.

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