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23.10.2003 at 18:30 Sport Freizeitzentrum Grien - Lyss - Switzerland Attendance:
Belarus 0 - 1 Rep of Ireland
Referee: Tsvetan Georgiev (BUL) European Qualifier-match

None (o.g.) (44)
Opening squads
Pavel Shisheya
Vitali Charnov
Pavel Liutsko
Yauheni Snapko
Aliasandr Pinchuk
Viachaslav Palaznik
Anton Putilo
Sergei Gigevich
Siarhei Naumavets
Sergei Kislyak
Viktar Malashka
Darren Randolph
Sean Kelly
Diarmuid O'Carroll
James Fitzgerald
Darren O'Dea
Ryan O'Leary
John Paul Kelly
William Clarke
Martin Reilly
Ian Morris
Anthony Stokes
Dzianis Hancharov
Ihar Hnatsiuk
Aleksandr Martynovich
Dzmitry Marholenka
Andrei Bombechko
Maksim Manionak
Andrei Baleiko
Shane Supple
James Fitzgerald
Ryan O'Leary
Martin Reilly
James Chambers
William Clarke
Ross Gaynor
Andrei Baleiko (out)
Andrei Bombechko (in)55 mins;
Sergei Gigevich (out)
Dzmitry Marholenka (in)77mins;
James Chambers -> Ian Morris (18)
Yellow cards
Vitali Charnov 68 mins; John Paul Kelly (66)
Anthony Stokes (73)
Red cards
None None.
Match report
Rep of Ireland 1-0 Belarus
The Republic of Ireland under-17 side did their chances of qualifying for the second phase of the Uefa Championships no harm at all with a hard-fought victory over a dogged Belarus side in appalling conditions in Lyss on Saturday.

The Irish lost the first game against Austria, but this victory gives them a chance of taking one of the top two places – and a victory against hosts Switzerland in Grenchen in Saturday would seal qualification to the second qualification phase.

In a game played in dreadful conditions, with snow and icy sleet falling throughout, the only goal came in the fourth minute of the second half from the head of Ipswich striker Billy Clarke.

Clarke, who was promoted to the starting line-up on this occasion after impressing as a substitute in the defeat to Austria, finished to the net after good work from Arsenal youngster Anthony Stokes and Celtic’s Diarmuid O’Carroll.

With Austria topping the group on six points after their victory over Switzerland on the same afternoon, Ireland need to become the third team to beat the Swiss when they meet the hosts tomorrow (Saturday).

Republic of Ireland under-17: Randolph (Charlton Athletic), S. Kelly (Kingdom Boys), O’Dea (Celtic), O’Leary (Aberdeen), Reilly (Shelbourne), J.P. Kelly (Liverpool), Morris (Leeds United), Fitzgerald (Lourdes Celtic), Stokes (Arsenal), O’Carroll (Celtic), Clarke (Ipswich Town). Sub: Chambers (Shelbourne) for Morris (9).

Belarus: Shysheya, Charnov, Liutsko, Snapko, Pinchuk, Palaznik, Putsila, Hihevich, Naumavets, Kisliak, Malashka. Sub: Bombechko for Pinchuk (55), Marholenka for Hihevich (77).
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