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Barrett through to Toulon Tournament semis with Bahrain win

Winger starts as Republic of Ireland U21s book place in last four

10 June 2019

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Josh Barrett started for the Republic of Ireland's Under-21s at the weekend, as they booked their place in the Semi-Finals of the Toulon Tournament.

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Barrett put in a lively performance for the Irish, as he played his first minutes of the tournament over in France. Needing a win to qualify for the last four, Ireland put themselves ahead against Bahrain's Under-21s after the half-hour mark when Connor Ronan's free kick was deflected in.

The lead could have been doubled three minutes later, when Barrett charged into the box, getting brought down and winning a penalty for his side. Jayson Molumby's spot kick was saved, before the Reading man's follow-up went wide of the post.

Barrett was substituted midway through the second half for the Boys in Green, who held on to clinch a 1-0 win that saw them top Group C in Toulon.

Next up for Barrett and Ireland will be a tough task: a Semi-Final against Brazil's U22s, who got three wins out of three in their group, without conceding a goal.

One of the teams on the receiving end of a Brazilian defeat was France U18s, represented by teenage Reading star, Michael Olise.

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The 17-year-old was back in the starting line-up for Les Bleuets on Sunday, as they overcame the 10 men of Guatemala 2-1 in their final group match on Saturday.

Olise played 89 minutes for the French, as their opponents became a man light on the half-hour mark after Esteban Garcia saw a straight red card.

The first goal for France came when Olise cut inside, cleverly switching play out to the left, before the ball was arrowed in low for Darell Tokpa to tap in from close range.

Guatemala equalised from the penalty spot in the second half, before a high ball into the box from Koba Lein Koindredi was headed over his own goalkeeper by Carlos Estrada, handing France U18s the win. 

Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to take Olise and France through to the last four, but they will contest a fifth-place play-off against Portugal on Thursday 13th June (4pm kick-off).

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For Danny Loader and England's Under-20s, it hasn't been a tournament to remember from a results perspective. They finish their group campaign without a point, with Loader watching on from the bench as a last-minute own goal gave Chile a 2-1 win over the Young Lions.

But it's not quite over yet for Paul Simpson's side, as they have the chance to round off with a victory in the tournament's ninth-place play-off on Tuesday 11th June (4pm kick-off) against Guatemala.


Senior Royals are also on the international scene at the moment, with Jón Daði Böðvarsson and Chris Gunter both appearing among the subsitutes for Iceland and Wales over the weekend respectively.

Both will be hoping to get minutes in their final matches of the season, with Iceland taking on Turkey and Wales facing Hungary on Tuesday.


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