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17.08.2003 at 19:00 Attendance:
Czech Rep 0 - 2 Rep of Ireland
Referee: Tournament-match

None Anthony Stokes
Anthony Stokes
Opening squads
Shane Supple
Darron Gibson
Darren O'Dea
Sean Kelly
Martin Reilly
John Paul Kelly
William Clarke
Michael Synott
Anthony Stokes
Ross Gaynor
Johnathan Hayes
Mark Keane
None Mark Keane -> Ross Gaynor
Yellow cards
None Mark Keane
Mark Keane
Red cards
None Mark Keane
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 2-0 Czech Rep
Shelbourne youngster Anthony Stokes was again the hero for the Irish under-17s on the Sunday afternoon, taking his tally for the week to five goals from three games with a goal either side of the break to give the boys in green outright victory in the eight-team Hungary tournament.

Stokes also netted a double in the draw against Slovakia in the opening game, and scored one of Irelandís four ion the defeat of Israel before sitting out the 4-0 victory over Hungary on Saturday.

However, he was restored to the starting line-up for Sundayís final against the Czechs, paired in attack with Ross Gaynor of Millwall and Maymount Celticís Billy Clarke, who both grabbed a brace in the victory over the Hungarians on Saturday.

And while Stokesís goalscoring exploits marked him out as the Irish star man, Noel OíConnorís men also had Ipswich Town goalkeeper Shane Supple to thank for an excellent penalty save early in the second half, when the game was poised at 1-0 to the Irish.

Stokes put Ireland ahead in the 23rd minute, getting on the end of a fluid passing movement to find the net for his fourth goal of the tournament.

And, after Supple had kept the Irish in front, the Shelbourne youngster made it two to give his side some breathing space for the remainder of the game.

Substitute Mark Keane, introduced in place of Gaynor, was dismissed for two yellow cards near the end, but the Irish side still finished strongly, and could well have added a third in the dying moments.

Brian Kerrís deputy OíConnor must now prepare his side for the European Championship qualification mini-tournament in Switzerland at the end of October, when they will meet Austria, Belarus and Switzerland with qualification for next summerís Euro finals the aim.

Republic of Ireland under-17s: Supple (Ipswich Town), Synott (Ipswich Town), Reilly (Shelbourne), OíDea (Celtic), Gibson (Manchester United), J.P. Kelly (Liverpool), S. Kelly (Kingdom Boys), Hayes (Reading), Gaynor (Millwall), Clark (Maymount), Stokes (Shelbourne).

Sub: Keane (Belvedere) for Gaynor.
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