03.11.2007 at 15:00 Rio Ave - Vila do Conde
0 - 3
Rep of Ireland Under 19
Referee: Ante Simunovic (Croatia)
European Qualifier / T/S-match
Donal Mc Dermott
Emili Garcia 78 mins
UEFA first phase qualifier
Republic of Ireland 3-0 Andorra
Graham Carey 23 (pen)
David Hutton 73
Michael Daly 81
The Republic of Ireland U19’s are back in contention to advance from their UEFA qualification first phase group after recording a convincing victory over Andorra today at the Rio Ave FC Stadium in Vila do Conde.
Celtic midfielder Graham Carey fired the Irish ahead midway through the first half by slotting away a penalty kick.
Substitute David Hutton made an impact after coming on by adding a second goal on 73 minutes before Michael Daly made it 3-0 nine minutes from full-time.
Ireland lost 2-0 to Belarus in their first game on Friday but provided the ideal response today.
The Irish will conclude the first phase series with a match against mini-group hosts Portugal this Tuesday, November 6th. The Portuguese defeated Belarus 2-1 in the other group game contested today.
Portugal lead the group with six points after two matches played, with Ireland and Belarus sharing second spot on three points apiece. Andorra are bottom of the table with no points from their pair of matches.
Ireland require a top-two finish in group to be certain of automatically progressing from the pool into the next Elite round which will be contested next Spring. There are two extra places available for the third-placed teams with the best record against the top two in the 12 groups.
Sean McCaffrey’s side need to defeat Portugal to stand a chance of qualifying for the next stage. A four-goal victory will be necessary to gain automatic qualification but any win will suffice to claim one of the the best third-placed route into the second phase.
The Irish went ahead from the penalty spot after Michael Daly was shoved in the area following a corner. Carey stepped up to drill the spot-kick home into the bottom right corner past the ‘keeper.
Chances to extend the lead before the break fell to Ian Bermingham, Harry Arter and Chris Fagan but they were denied by the Andorra net-minder on each occasion.
Ireland kept up the pressure after the interval and finally got a deserved second goal through David Hutton. The Tottenham Hotspur striker came on for Chris Fagan after 62 minutes and took just 11 minutes to make his mark when he turned brilliantly inside the penalty area to blast into the net.
Andorra were reduced to ten men after 78 minutes when Emili Garcia picked up a second yellow card for a deliberate hand-ball in the Irish box.
The Irish made it 3-0 after 81 minutes when Donal McDermott delivered an inviting free-kick into the box where his Manchester City team-mate Michael Daly powered home a header from 8 yards.
Carey almost grabbed his second goal with four minutes left when his textbook free-kick rebounded back off the crossbar.
Republic of Ireland Under-19:
Shane Redmond (Nottingham Forest)
Brendan Moloney (Nottingham Forrest)
Shane Lowry (Aston Villa)
Garry Breen (Manchester City)
Ian Bermingham (UCD)
Graham Carey (Celtic)
Noel Haverty (St. Patrick’s Athletic)
Michael Daly (Manchester City)
Harry Arter (Charlton Athletic)
Donal McDermott (Manchester City)
Christy Fagan (Manchester United)
Lorcan Fitzgerald (West Ham United) for Arter (59 mins)
David Hutton (Tottenham Hotspur) for Fagan (62 mins)
Paul Cahillane (Celtic) for Lowry (80 mins).
UEFA first phase Group 1 results and fixtures (all KO 3pm):
Friday, November 1st
Portugal 1-0 Andorra - CD Trofense, Trofa
Republic of Ireland 0-2 Belarus - Varzim SC, Povoa Varzim
Belarus 1-2 Portugal - Dr. Jose Vieira Carvahlo, Maia
Republic of Ireland 3-0 Andorra - Rio Ave FC, Vila do Conde
Tuesday, November 6th
Andorra v Belarus - Padroense FC, Padroa Legua
Republic of Ireland v Portugal-Municipal Stadium, Povoa Varzim.