Hammer Coventry's Toulon Tournament hopes ended by Brazil
Conor Coventry's 2019 Maurice Ravello Toulon Tournament is over after Republic of Ireland U21s were beaten 2-0 by Brazil U22s in the semi-finals on Wednesday.
The West Ham United youngster was integral to Ireland’s run to the last four, where they were beaten by goals from Paulinho and Matheus Cunha either side of half-time in the French town of Aubagne.
Central midfielder Coventry had started Ireland’s group-stage win over China and draw with Mexico, before being introduced as a half-time substitute to help the Boys in Green clinch their last-four place with a victory over Bahrain.
And the 19-year-old, who was in the starting XI again against the South Americans, is hoping his form has not gone unnoticed by manager Manuel Pellegrini
Hopefully I can bring this form into pre-season and really kick on from there and get in and around the first team more
“Personally, I’ve really enjoyed the tournament,” the 19-year-old told whufc.com. “I think my performances have been really good. I’ve been really pleased with how I played, so hopefully I can bring this form into pre-season and really kick on from there and get in and around the first team more.”
Ireland will face Mexico again in the third-place play-off, which will be played at the Stade d'Honneur Marcel Roustan in Salon-de-Provence on Saturday 15 June at 12.30pm UK time.
The game will be broadcast live in the UK by Free Sports on Freeview channel 64, Sky Sports channel 422, Virgin Media channel 553, Freesat channel 252, BT TV channel 64, TalkTalk TV channel 64.