Dolnośląski signal their strength in Ireland

The Republic of Ireland got a preview of what to expect at the UEFA Regions' Cup finals when Eastern Region took on Dolnośląski in a pair of friendlies this week.

Gerry Smith's Eastern Region IRL side played two friendlies against their Polish guests
Gerry Smith's Eastern Region IRL side played two friendlies against their Polish guests ©Sportsfile

Eastern Region IRL drew 1-1 and lost 1-0 in a pair of friendly games against fellow UEFA Regions' Cup contenders Dolnośląski in the run-up to the amateur finals draw on 30 March.

On Tuesday, Thomas Dunne's late header earned the home side a share of the spoils at Eamonn Deacy Park in Galway. Kamil Kukla had crossed for substitute Daniel Wałęga to nod the Polish side in front on 57 minutes. However, there was no way back at Turner's Cross, Cork, when the teams met again on Thursday, Paweł Boczarski's header from a Łukasz Maciejewski free-kick settling the match.

The ninth edition of the UEFA Regions' Cup – the world's top tournament for amateur players – will conclude in Dublin on 4 July. The finals feature two four-team groups, the top side in each section progressing to the decider. Eastern Region IRL and Dolnośląski – winners in 2007 – both qualified for the finals as winners of one of the eight intermediary round groups.