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21.10.2003 at 19:00 Brühl - Grenchen - Switzerland Attendance:
Austria 2 - 1 Rep of Ireland
Referee: Robert Malek (POL) European Qualifier-match

Besian Idrizaj 71 mins;
Erwin Hoffer 76 mins;
Ian Morris (pen.) (81)
Opening squads
Bartolomej Kuru
Daniel Gramann
Andre Asinger
Markus Suttner
Erwin Hoffer
Markus Seelaus
Peter Hackmair
Mario Kreimer
Michael Madl
Andreas Walzer
Cemil Tosun
Darren Randolph
Mark Keane
Diarmuid O'Carroll
Darren Stapleton
Sean Kelly
Darren O'Dea
Darron Gibson
John Paul Kelly
Ian Morris
Anthony Stokes
Johnathan Hayes
Andreas Lukse
Stefan Schmircher
Niklas Lercher
Rubin Okotie
Besian Idrizaj
Franz-Jpsef Zeiler
Thomas Schäfer
Shane Supple
James Fitzgerald
Ryan O'Leary
Martin Reilly
James Chambers
William Clarke
Ross Gaynor
Mario Kreimer (out)
Besian Idrizaj (in)41 mins;
Markus Seelaus (out)
Niklas Lercher (in)60 mins;
Erwin Hoffer (out)
Rubin Okotie (in) 83 mins;
Ross Gaynor -> Johnathan Hayes (67)
William Clarke -> Anthony Stokes (75)
James Fitzgerald -> Mark Keane (77)
Yellow cards
None Diarmuid O'Carroll (80)
Red cards
None None.
Match report
Rep of Ireland U17 1-2 Austria U17
Noel O’Reilly’s Irish under-17 side suffered a setback in their hopes of making it to the second qualification phase of the Uefa European Championships when going down to their Austrian counterparts in Grenchen, Switzerland on Tuesday evening.

The Irish went into this four-team tournament – from which two sides go forward to the next phase – as one of the favourites to progress following their friendly tournament victory in Hungary in August.

The game appeared to be heading for a scoreless draw before a dramatic final ten minutes, when the Austrians scored twice before Ireland battled back to close the deficit to one before the final whistle.

Substitute Idrizaj opened the scoreline for the Austrians on 71 minutes, and they doubled the lead through striker Hoffer five minutes later.

Leeds United youngster Ian Morris converted from the penalty spot in injury time at the end of the 80 minutes after Ipswich’s Billy Clarke had been deemed to have been fouled inside the area, but the Irish teenagers were unable to find the leveller that would have given them a better chance of claiming one of the two qualification berths.

In the day’s other game, Belarus caused an upset when downing the hosts Switzerland on a 1-0 scoreline in Lyss. Ireland meet Belarus in Lyss tomorrow (Thursday).

Rep of Ireland under-17: Randolph (Charlton Athletic), Keane (Belvedere), Stapleton (Reading), Gibson (Derry City), O’Dea (Celtic), S. Kelly (Kingdom Boys), J.P. Kelly (Liverpool), Morris (Leeds United), O’Carroll (Celtic), Stokes (Arsenal), Hayes (Reading). Subs: Gaynor (Millwall) for Hayes (67 mins), Clarke (Leeds United) for Stokes (75 mins), Fitzgerald (Lourdes Celtic) for Keane (77 mins).

Austria under-17: Kuru, Gramann, Asinger, Suttner, Hackmair, Kreimer, Madl, Walzer, Tosun, Hoffer, Seelaus. Subs: Idrizak for Kreimer (41 mins), Lercher for Seelaus (60 mins), Okotie for Hoffer (80 mins).
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