Ireland U17 development squad beat Wales 1-0 with two Corinthian lads playing leading roles
Letterkenny Rovers midfielder Gareth Doherty scored the decisive goal with a well-taken penalty in the 73rd minute after substitute Adam Horgan was taken down just inside the area following a darting run in from th left flank.
Ireland started very well with Mervue United's Yousef Mahdy firing narrowly across goal in the second minute and the same player got behind the Welsh defence 60 seconds later but after trying to round home keeper Mitchell Jones his shot was just off target.
A well-worked Welsh free kick in the 22nd minute threaten the Irish goal but College Corinthians keeper David Coffey pressurised the opposition striker to shoot into the side-netting.
Mahdy had another opportunity off target early in the second half before Coffey produced a top class stop to keep out Bala Town's Daniel Dascalu in the 62nd minute with a full-length stop.
After Doherty's penalty opened the scoring, Irish substitute Shane Hulgraine came very close to extending that lead in the 82nd minute with a powerful strike that smashed off the underside of the home crossbar.
Both sides meet again on Tuesday afternoon at Port Talbot Town FC (3.00pm).
"It was a very pleasing performance. A lot of players were representing their country for the first time and were naturally nervous but they soon settled and were very good overall," said Osam.
WALES: Mitchell Jones, Edward Speed, Cai Parry, James Jones, Benjamin Nash, Daniel Dascalu, Lloyd Hughes, Thomas Bibby, Christopher Whittaker, Nyasha Mwamuka, Jack Chambers. Subs: Jamie Roberts for Mwamuka 55 mins; Liam Jaques for Hughes 61, Joshua Webber for Chambers 70; George Rathbone for Whittaker 70; Emlyn Jones for Dascalu 80.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: David Coffey, Josh McMahon, Alan Murphy, Jason McGee, Brian Foley (c), Adrian Delap, Gareth Doherty, Jason Hunt, Darren Kavanagh, Paul McMahon, Yousef Mahdy.Subs: Daire O'Baoill for P McMahon 46; Adam Horgan for Kavanagh 60; Shane Hulgraine for Mahdy 70.