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09.11.2001 at 19:30 Saint Colmans Park, Cobh Attendance:
Rep of Ireland Under 19 3 - 1 Croatia
Referee: Ihor Ischenko (UKR) European Qualifier / PROG-match

Johnathan Daly (1)
Johnathan Daly (47)
Reinier Moore (86)
Goran Ljubojević 49 mins;
Opening squads
Brian Murphy
Stephen Brennan
Sean Dillon
Stephen Paisley
Patrick Mc Carthy
Graham Ward
Michael Foley- Sheridan
Sean Thornton
Liam Kearney
Adrian Deane
Johnathan Daly
Tomislav Vranjić
Marko Radas
Dario Bodrušić
Mladen Pelaić
Ivan Cosic
Stipe Lapic
Mario Marinovic
Danijel Cesarec
Goran Ljubojević
Ante Tomić
Niko Kranjčar
Wayne Henderson
Glenn Lacey
Mark Rossiter
Glenn Whelan
Reinier Moore
Ian Simemba
Conor Gethins
Andrija Vukovic
Ivan Habus
Ivan Brobovic
Igor Kirin
Mario Grgurović
Alen Lancelar
Ivan Grivicic
Reinier Moore -> Adrian Deane (83)
Danijel Cesarec (out)
Mario Grgurović (in)58 mins;
Goran Ljubojević (out)
Ivan Grivicic (in)72 mins;
Ivan Cosic (out)
Ivan Habus (in)94 mins;
Yellow cards
Brian Murphy (46)
Ivan Cosic 8 Mins;
Ante Tomić 31 mins;
Dario Bodrušić 94 mins;
Red cards
None. Mladen Pelaić 86 mins;
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
Brian Kerr's Republic of Ireland Under-19 team have won the UEFA Qualifying tournament after beating Croatia 3-1 in a cracker of a game at St Coleman's Park this evening. This final tie between the two top teams in the group would decide who would go through to a play-off clash with possibly France or Holland. Both Ireland and Croatia had won their opening two matches but Ireland had a superior goal difference so a draw would have been enough to see the Irish through.

However, Kerr's boys ensured their qualification with an emphatic victory. The Irish went ahead in the first minute, thanks to a goal from Stockport centre-forward Jonathan Daly who slotted home from the edge of the box. He increased Ireland's advantage to two goals immediately after half-time when firing home from ten yards out. Two minutes later, the Croatians pulled a goal back thanks to a header from Luboevic but their fightback proved short-lived. They were reduced to ten men when Plaic was sent off for dissent before the Irish regained their two-goal cushion thanks to a strike from subsititute Raineer Moor.

Earlier this afternoon Austria finished third in the group after a 2-0 win over Latvia at the Mardyke.
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