Paul Doolin's Republic of Ireland under-18 side fell to 1-0 loss to Switzerland in a second friendly game in Monthey on Thursday.
Ireland were unlucky not to open the scoring on 44 minutes when Aberdeen’s Alan O'Sullivan had a header from a corner blocked and when Reading’s Sean Long pounced on the loose ball his close range effort was blocked out by the Swiss keeper.
The only goal came on 54 when Miguel Castroman converted the loose ball after Irish keeper Eric Grimes had saved at the feet of winger Marvin Graf, who had made an impressive burst down the left wing.
Manager Paul Doolin was pleased with the two friendlies played this week: “Eric 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.”
Switzerland: Kiener, Gonçalves, Roux, Ozcan (Riedweg 46), Stenz, Mazreku, Da Costa, Janko (Castroman 46), Graf, Karlen (Thali 46), Sulejmani (Fekete 73).
Republic of Ireland: Eric Grimes, Sean Long, Evan Finnegan, Mason Watkins-Clark (McConnell Ryan 46), Daniel O'Reilly, Sean Coyne, Lynden Gooch (Grealish Jack 79), Tom Mulroney, Johnny Leddy (O'Connor Kevin 73), Alan O'Sullivan, Dylan McGlade (McLaughlin Ben 61).