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The Irish under 18s suffered their second friendly defeat to Switzerland in three days, losing 1-0 but manager Paul Doolin was pleased with the display

Paul Doolin's Republic of Ireland under 18 side fell to a single goal loss to Switzerland on Thursday evening, November 15.

The only goal of the game came on 54 minutes when Miguel Castroman calmly slotted a shot past Ireland goalkeeper Eric Grimes.

Despite the defeat, manager Paul Doolin was pleased with the two friendlies played this week and singled out a number of players for praise.

Speaking after the game, he said: “Eric [Grimes] made some good saves but we played quite well. We started a lot of players who hadn’t started the last day. The players know what I’m looking for now.

“We could have had a penalty in the first half. Alan O’Sullivan looked like he was taken down after being sandwiched between two players.

“We’ve lost games in friendlies before it’s about looking at players for the qualifiers this year and next year. We learned a lot about the players. The Swiss are a good team and you could see they know each other well.

“There were a lot of good performances from players like Evan Finnegan, Sean Long, Ben McLaughlin and Lyndon Gooch. It was a good exercise,” concluded the former Drogheda United manager.

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