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01.03.2003 at 19:00 Attendance:
Russia 0 - 3 Rep of Ireland
Referee: Tournament-match

None Aidan Mc Geady
Leon Best
Leon Best
Opening squads
Terry Masterson
Joe O Brien
Patrick Flynn
Gerard Nash
Damien Kelly
Shane Mc Faul
Aidan Mc Geady
Stephen Foley- Sheridan
Ciaran Lyng
Andrew Keogh
Leon Best
Noel Byrne
Darren O'Brien
Niall Flynn
Gerry Gill
None Darren O'Brien -> Damien Kelly
Noel Byrne -> Stephen Foley- Sheridan
Gerry Gill -> Leon Best
Niall Flynn -> Andrew Keogh
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
Rep of Ireland 3-0 Russia
Notts County striker Leon Best helped down Russia with a goal in either half of this tournament game in the Algarve to give the Irish under-17s a perfect start to life after Brian Kerr.

Best was the second Irish Notts County man to complete a match-winning brace on Saturday – his Irish under-21 club colleague Paul Heffernan scored twice as the County senior side defeated Luton Town 2-1 in the Nationwide League.

Noel O’Reilly’s charges – Kerr’s erstwhile assistant has taken over the reins of the nation’s under-17 side – went ahead with a first half Best header, and he extended the kids in green’s lead with a second halfway through the second half.

A late third from Celtic youngster Aidan McGeady completed the rout for the Irish, who face Norway in the second match of the quadrangular tournament.

Rep of Ireland: Masterson (Millwall), Kelly (Cherry Orchard), Lyng (Preston North End), Nash (Ipswich Town), McFaul (Notts County), Flynn (Wolves), O’Brien (Bolton Wanderers), Foley-Sheridan (Aston Villa), Keogh (Leeds United), McGeady (Celtic), Best (Notts County).

Substitutes:: O’Brien (Belvedere) for Kelly, Byrne (Cherry Orchard) for Foley-Sheridan, Gill (Derry City) for Best, Flynn (Sunderland) for Keogh.
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