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Watch: Hogan Chance As Good As It Got As Toothless Ireland Fall To Turkey

Watch: Hogan Chance As Good As It Got As Toothless Ireland Fall To Turkey
By Eoin Lyons

It was another toothless display from Ireland in Antalya, and bar a gilt edged chance from Scott Hogan in the first half, the boys in green failed to penetrate a resolute Turkish defence.

There will have been some promising performances in Antayla, West Ham youngster Declan (Damien) Rice in particular, but Ireland we left to lament a lack of cutting edge as a Mehmet Topal headed home in the second half to give Turkey the win.

The only real chance of any substance was that of Scott Hogan's, who was played through by a great through-ball by Jeff Hendrick, the Villa striker rounded the keeper but his touch took him too wide and the chance was gone.

Chances were at a premium in Turkey and Ireland never looked like breaching the Turkish back four despite working to the ball into the right areas on occasion.

Both Seani Maguire and Scott Hogan did look lively but the duo were starved of chances as a lot of balls into the opposition box were overhit.

As was said in the RTÉ studio at full time, the match tonight was not as much about the result as it was the performance but Martin O'Neill should be concerned with Ireland's continued struggles in front of goal.

 

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