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Ireland Begin Toulon Tournament In Style With Comfortable Win Over China

A winning start for Stephen’s Kenny’s team.

The Republic of Ireland under-21 side begun their Toulon Tournament campaign with a 4-1 victory over China. On Monday afternoon in the south of France, Kenny’s team beat the Chinese side – who were coached by Guus Hiddink.

Zach Elbouzedi, Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah (2) got the goals for the Irish selection, which contained Champions League winner Caoimhin Kelleher.

Ireland opened the scoring after just 33 seconds.

After some good work by Connolly on the left, Elbouzedi struck a tidy finish beyond the Chinese goalkeeper. The Waterford winger took his goal extremely well to give Ireland the perfect start.

Ireland then doubled their lead a few minutes later, scoring another well-worked goal.

Connor Ronan scooped a pass into Conor Masterson who headed the ball into the path of Connolly. The Brighton and Hove Albion striker then slammed it home.

China pulled a goal back after 17-minutes

And forced a crucial save from Liverpool’s Kelleher.

But Ireland restored their two-goal lead 10-minutes after half-time, with Idah scoring the first of his two penalty kicks on the day.

Next up for Ireland in the tournament are Mexico on Thursday before Kenny’s team finish the group with a tie against Bahrain on Sunday.

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