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09.06.2000 at 16:00 Attendance:
Norway 0 - 1 Rep of Ireland
Referee: Lisbon Invitational Tournament-match

None Robert Doyle (74)
Opening squads
Billy Mc Mahon
Danny Murphy
Alan Mc Dermott
David Van Zantean
Michael Welch
Joe Gamble
John Lester
JJ Melligan
Declan Field
Ger Robinson
Robert Doyle
Saul Deeny
Ken Coleman
Michael Keane
Tanen for Miktsain 46 mins; Isaksen for Fredriksen 46 mins;
Evjen for Hoyen 53 mins; Mikaelveen for Eriksen 63 mins.
Ken Coleman -> Alan Mc Dermott (43)
Saul Deeny -> Billy Mc Mahon (46)
Michael Keane -> Ger Robinson (63)
Yellow cards
None None.
Red cards
None None.
Other statistics
0 Shots 0
0 Shots on goal 0
0 Offsides 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Free kicks 0
0 Penalties 0
Match report
Ireland 1 Norway 0
Brian Kerr's Ireland Under 17 team continued their good form at the Lisbon Invitational Tournament with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Norway - Robert Doyle grabbing the winner just six minutes before full-time.

It was Blackburn striker Doyle's second goal in as many games. The Wicklow-born front-man raced onto a long ball from substitute goalkeeper Saul Deeny, which was missed by defender Erik Evjen, to fire over keeper Hakan Otval to grab the winner.

"The great thing is that we have had a look at all 18 players in our squad now and we are still in with a shout of winning the competition," said Kerr, whose side face hosts Portugal on Sunday (6.00pm) in their final fixture.

"Both teams were tired but I felt we deserved the victory in the end."
Deeny had an excellent game after his introduction at half-time, just two minutes after the restart he produced the save of the game to tip a Talberg shot against his crossbar.

Declan Field - recently released by Arsenal - looked lively in the first half, testing Otval with three efforts while Cork City's Joe Gamble almost grabbed an opener with a brilliant dribble past three Norwegian players only to see Otval save with his feet.

Ireland: Billy McMahon (West Ham); David Van Zantan (Celtic); Danny Murphy (QPR); Michael Welch (Barnsley); Alan McDermott (Manchester Utd); Declan Field (Arsenal); John Lester (Everton); Joe Gamble (Cork City); Ger Robinson (Middlesbrough); JJ Melligan (Wolves); Robert Doyle (Blackburn).

Subs:Ken Coleman (Wolves) for McDermott 43 mins; Saul Deeny (Notts County) for McMahon 46; Michael Keane (Preston) for Robinson 63.

Norway:Otval; Kleiberg, Fagerheim, Raum, Stromstad, Talberg, Eriksen, Hoyen, Miktsain, Fredriksen, Yftaas.

Subs:Tanen for Miktsain 46 mins; Isaksen for Fredriksen 46; Evjen for Hoyen 53; Mikaelveen for Eriksen 63.
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