Paul Osam’s U16 Republic of Ireland side have been narrowly beaten by Hungary on a 3-2 scoreline in Budapest.
They fell behind in the first half after a penalty from Akos Zuigeber, and were then two behind early in the second half courtesy of a Gyorgy Komaromi goal.
Osam will be very encouraged by his sides second half fightback and goals from Matt Everitt and Brandon Holt had the Boys in Green level and heading for a deserved draw.
However, Hungarian substitute Andras Nemeth had other ideas and scored in the dying moments of added time to record a 3-2 victory for the home side.
Despite losing the game head coach Osam was satisfied with what he saw in the second half and feels the game will stand to his young side in the long run.
"It was disappointing to concede the winner in injury-time having been two goals down, said Osam after the loss.
"In the second half we played far better despite conceding again. We did very well to get back into the game.
"It's a tough lesson for the players losing so late. A lot of times you learn more in defeat than in victory, I think this will be one of those days."
The teams will face each other again on Thursday morning with kick off at 10am Irish time.