as reported by the derbytelegraph.co.uk,

Derby County youngster Festy Ebosele scored for Republic of Ireland Under-17s in their defeat to England tonight.

Ebosele, who started the International Tournament match at the Tallaght Stadium, netted from the spot in a 3-1 loss.

England took the lead when Harvey Elliott’s deflected strike beat Jimmy Corcoran, before Alexander Mighten doubled their advantage.

Almost immediately after Mighten’s effort, Ebosele, who joined the Rams from Bray Wanderers this summer, won Ireland a penalty. The teenage forward picked himself up to convert from 12 yards to make it 2-1.

England were not to be denied, however, and restored their two-goal cushion with just 10 minutes remaining when substitute Sam Greenwood scored. Fellow Rams youngster, goalkeeper Harry Halwax, didn’t feature.

Speaking after the game, Ireland Under-17 head coach Colin O’Brien said: “It was a great game for us to get against very good opposition. England are a quality side. I thought tonight we were very good for long periods. What the players learned tonight was that mistakes around the box can be punished.

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“We had a brilliant response after England’s second goal. We deserved to score just before the break.

“Tonight was a fantastic education for the players. We’re disappointed to lose, but there was encouraging performances.”

Ireland return to action on Sunday, when they play the Czech Republic.

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