Ireland under-21s defeated by Denmark in friendly

Noel King's side were defeated by their Danish counterparts in their warm-up friendly in Dublin on Monday night, following the concession of a late penalty
Republic of Ireland under-21s suffered a 2-1 defeat at Tallaght on Monday night ahead of their Euro 2013 qualifier against Italy next week.

Manager Noel King used the friendly as an opportunity to blood new players, with John Egan playing in the unfamiliar right back role and Eunan O'Kane starting in midfield. Scunthorpe defender Niall Canavan came in for the injured Rob Kiernan, while former Arsenal striker Rhys Murphy started the game in attack.

Ireland took the lead in the 54th minute through a sublime Robbie Brady free kick. The Young Boys in Green relinquished their lead minutes later when the Danes equalised from a deflected free kick taken by Mads Albaek.

Brady was hero-turned-villain when he conceded a penalty in the 74th minute which Albaek converted to clinch a 2-1 victory for the Danish visitors. Conor Clifford went close to squaring the contest while Denmark almost extended their lead with a late miss from Mark Gundelach.

King's team play Italy in a crucial Uefa Under-21 qualifying game at Sligo's Showgrounds on Monday June 4 with the game kicking off at 15:00.