In the 22th minute Ireland went 2-0 up when Idah lead a counter attack to run through and beat advancing keeper Adam Benada.The third Irish goal was a real crowd pleaser as Sean Brennan scored with a fantastic flick from Callum Thompson’s 37th minute corner.Ireland’s fourth goal in the 53rd minute was a brilliant combination that saw Idah lay the ball back for Sean Brennan to curl over the keeper with real confidence.The Czechs pulled one back in the 60th minute when a shot by Matyáš Kozák deflected off an Irish defender to finally beat the impressive Kian Clarke in the Irish goal.Mahon came off the bench to add Ireland’s fifth goal with a brilliant counter-attack in the 76th minutes as outpaced the Czech defence before slotting past the keeper.Kozák scored the Czechs second goal two minutes into injury-time when he finished from close range.The sides will meet again at Cahir Park AFC on Wednesday (12.00 noon).**Match report with thanks to the FAI** Colin O’Brien’s team, which includes Nenagh AFC’s Barry Coffey, were a threat right from the off and led 3-0 at the break and went on to comfortably win the first of two friendly games against the Czechs in Co Tipperary this week.Doubles from Adam Idah and Sean Brennan plus a late finish from Seanie Mahon sealed an emphatic victory for the home side, who had former international Keith Andrews with the team as an advisor.Idah opened the scoring in the 17th minute when he peeled to the back post and got in an excellent header from Max Murphy’s top class cross from the right.
Rory McIlroy is still flirting with the cutline on 1 under after 16 on day 2 of the Irish Open in Portstewart.Daniel Im leads by 2 on 13 under after a 67 with Jon Rahm second on 11 under after 15.Paul Dunne is 7 under after 17 while Gavin Moynihan is 5 under through 11. Photo © – Tipp FM Graeme Mc Dowell starts from 5 under later while Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington both start from 4 under.
League champions Ashantigold are set to be one of the richest clubs in the country after sealing a deal with Don Simon Multifrutas.This deal will be the second for the Obuasi side after sealing a deal with adhesive tiles manufacturing firm Permafix.The one year deal will see Ashantigold receiving Don Simon products as well as an undisclosed amount of cash.In return, the Obuasi side will give the Spanish company exposure during their home matches on their pitch panels during matches shown by continental broadcasters SuperSport.At a brief press conference to seal the deal, finance director of Permafix, Marco Polo, who brokered the deal explained what paved the way for the sponsorship”We were all ordering some water, juice and Eric Opoku brought a Don Simon Multifrutas as his main lunch.” “I asked him whether he didn’t like Fufu and he told me he likes Fufu but most of the times he takes his energy and vitamins from Don Simon.””When I heard that, it sounded to me like an advert for Don Simon so I took a picture of Eric holding the Don Simon juice and sent it straight to the owner of the company.”The moment the picture went, J.Garcia Carrion, the owner loved the idea that we are involved to help AshantiGold.”This deal will come in handy for Ashantigold as they prepare to participate in next year’s CAF Champions League. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports