06.11.2007 at 15:00 Varzim - Povoa do Varzim
2 - 1
Rep of Ireland Under 19
Referee: Fredy Fautrel (France)
Andrien Silva (c),
Donal Mc Dermott
Under-19 UEFA First Phase Qualifier
Back (left): Redmond, Breen, Bermingham, Moloney, Lowry, M Daly
Front: Hutton, Mc Dermott, Fitzgerald, Arter, Earls
Pictures from the match
Municipal Stadium, Povoa Varzim.
Portugal 2 – 1 Republic of Ireland
Donal McDermott 28
The Republic of Ireland U19s were eliminated from the 2008 European Championship qualifying series today after they losing to Portugal at the Municipal Stadium in Povoa Varzim.
Ireland faced an uphill battle to progress into the Elite phase since last Thursday when they lost their opening match of the campaign to Belarus. A 3-0 win over Andorra on Thursday restored hopes they might qualify and feature among the 28 nations competing in next Spring’s Elite phase.
The only route for Ireland into the next stage today was by winning their final match to clinch one of the two slots on offer for the third-placed nations from across the 13 groups. This is based on results against the leading pair in their mini-tournament.
Portugal were out to maintain their 100 per cent record in the four-nation group and they cemented their place as pool winners with an enthralling first-half display which saw them score twice within seven minutes midway through the half.
Donal McDermott pulled a goal back for the Irish before the interval but they lacked the cutting edge in the second half to threaten the home team’s goal.
Ireland’s misery was compounded when they were reduced to 10 men after Harry Arter was issued with a straight red card nine minutes from time after a challenge on Andre Carvalhas.
The Irish were rocked in the early stages. Danny Earls had to be substituted after 13 minutes with a knee injury and Portugal went ahead a minute later with a shot from outside of the penalty area which took a cruel deflection to arrow past goalkeeper Shane Redmond.
The lead was doubled on 21 minutes when a delivery from the left-wing was converted from close-range past the helpless Redmond.
Ireland had a task on their hands to salvage something from the tie but Donal McDermott gave them hope by firing home from the edge of the box after 28 minutes following good work by David Hutton.
The Spurs striker almost set up a second goal for Ireland 10 minutes before the break when he swung an inviting corner into the penalty area but both Garry Breen and Shane Lowry were unable to apply a connection.
Ireland’s pressed forward in numbers in the second half chasing an equaliser and were always susceptible to a counter-attack from Portugal. Redmond had to be alert and he watched a stinging shot fly past his post on 66 minutes.
Both Harry Arter and Paul Cahillane saw shots blocked away moments apart with 20 minutes left but substitute Noel Haverty had to scramble back to clear a shot off the line after 80 minutes.
Belarus beat Andorra 5-1 in the other game played today to seal second spot in the pool and they join Portugal in the next phase.
Republic of Ireland:
Shane Redmond (Nottingham Forest)
Brendan Moloney (Nottingham Forrest)
Shane Lowry (Aston Villa)
Garry Breen (Manchester City)
Danny Earls (Aston Villa)
Lorcan Fitzgerald (West Ham United)
Ian Bermingham (UCD)
Harry Arter (Charlton Athletic)
Michael Daly (Manchester City)
Donal McDermott (Manchester City)
David Hutton (Tottenham Hotspur)
Paul Cahillane (Celtic) for Earls – 13 mins.
Noel Haverty (St. Patrick’s Athletic) for Breen – 76 mins.
Ian Daly (Manchester City) for Cahillane – 86 mins.
Substitutes not used:
Emeka Onwubiko (Bray Wanderers)
Christy Fagan (Manchester United)
James McKeown (Peterborough United)
UEFA first phase Group 1 Results:
Thursday, November 1st
Portugal 1-0 Andorra - CD Trofense, Trofa
Republic of Ireland 0-2 Belarus - Varzim SC, Povoa Varzim
Saturday, November 3rd
Belarus 1-2 Portugal - Dr. Jose Vieira Carvahlo, Maia
Republic of Ireland 3-0 Andorra - Rio Ave FC, Vila do Conde
Andorra 1-5 Belarus - Padroense FC, Padroa Legua
Republic of Ireland 1- 2 Portugal-Municipal Stadium, Povoa Varzim.