US beat Ireland in Marbella
Republic of Ireland Under-21s suffered a 1-0 defeat to the United States in Marbella on Saturday.
Dembakwi Yomba, an 18-year-old striker on the books of Atletico Madrid, fired the Americans in front after 13 minutes and New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Santiago Castano frustrated the Irish with a string of saves.
Yomba capitalised on a weak back pass to lash the ball beyond the reach of Danny Rogers.
The Republic responded well to create some decent chances, but Castano denied Liam Kelly twice before the break.
In the second half, Conor Wilkinson volleyed over, while Tommy Hoban headed into the side-netting in the 82nd minute.
With two minutes left, Hoban's volley struck the outside of the post, and the United States hung on.
"We did very well. We created lots of good chances. We conceded a soft goal which turned out to be the winner but I felt we played some decent football against a good side," said Irish coach Noel King.
"Of course, we would have preferred to win but the performance was very good so I can't be disappointed with that."