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Stephen Kenny Delighted After Positive Result In Internal Training Match

Stephen Kenny Delighted After Positive Result In Internal Training Match
By Maurice Brosnan

The Republic of Ireland u21's preparation for the Toulon tournament continued today as they overcame the senior team 2-1 in a training game at the FAI National Training Centre.

Goals from Jack Taylor and Sean McDermott were enough for the U21's to succeed in the 90-minute behind-closed-doors fixture. Scott Hogan scored the only goal for the senior side.

Speaking to FAITV, Stephen Kenny praised the level of performance ahead of next week's tournament in France.

We were looking for a high level of performance and to get through the game without injury, so it was a great exercise for both teams. It is up a couple of levels playing the senior team so they acquitted themselves really well.

We've got tough opposition next week, China and Mexico are bringing their Olympic squads so we've got to get ready for that test and this was the perfect preparation for that.

Mick McCarthy said he was not surprised by the result: "If you are at a club and you play the reserves, more often than not you get beat. Strangely, don't ask me why."

"They played well, we had plenty of chances, couldn't score. They nicked it at the end with a deflected goal."

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The Republic of Ireland are also amidst preparations of their own, with Denmark and Gibraltar next up in the Euro qualifiers.

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