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20.03.2002 at 19:30 Stad Rotterdam - Rotterdam Attendance:
Holland 1 - 2 Rep of Ireland Under 19
Referee: Duarte Gomes (POR) European Play off / prog-match

Klaas Jan Huntelaar 78 mins; Stephen Elliott (73)
Sean Thornton (89)
Opening squads
Erwin Friebel
Nigel de Jong
Civard Sprockel
Jos Hooiveld
Michael Jansen
Jordi Hoogstrate
Romeo Castelen
Danny Mathijssen
Jhon Van Beukiering
Nicky Hofs
Eldridge Rojer
Brian Murphy
Stephen Kelly
Stephen Paisley
Stephen Capper
Patrick Mc Carthy
Sean Thornton
Glenn Whelan
Graham Ward
Conor Gethins
Adrian Deane
Johnathan Daly
Boy Waterman
Paul Verhaegh
Dominggus Limdocan
Klaas Jan Huntelaar
Wesley Sneijder
Koen Garritsen
Ferne Snoyl
Wayne Henderson
Mark Rossiter
Fiachra Mc Ardle
Ian Simemba
Clive Ross
George Snee
Stephen Elliott
Civard Sprockel (out)
Paul Verhaegh (in)35 mins;
Eldridge Rojer (out)
Wesley Sneijder (in)55 mins;
Jos Hooiveld (out)
Klaas Jan Huntelaar (in)74 mins;
Stephen Elliott -> Conor Gethins (73)
Yellow cards
Nigel de Jong 75 mins; Stephen Kelly (64)
Adrian Deane (74)
Patrick Mc Carthy (94)
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
Sean Thornton scored a last minute winner to give the Republic of Ireland under-19 team a 2-1 victory over Holland in the first leg of the European Championship play-off in Rotterdam tonight. The Drogheda youngster capped a dominant mid-field display with a sublime goal to leave the Republic just 90 minutes away from a place in the European Finals in Norway in July.

Brian Kerr's team took the game to Holland in a tight and intriguing match. The Dutch came close to scoring in the 66th minute before the Irish broke the deadlock eight minutes later. Substitute Stephen Elliott scored with his first touch 30 seconds after coming on before Holland levelled four minutes later.

But Ireland continued to take the game to the fancied Dutch and got their reward through man-of-the-match Thornton. A draw is all Kerr's youngsters need in the return leg at Turners Cross on April 10 to book their place in the finals.
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