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03.02.2004 at 19:00 Attendance:
Italy 1 - 1 Rep of Ireland
Referee: Tournament-match

None John Paul Kelly
Opening squads
Shane Supple
James Fitzgerald
Darron Gibson
Ryan O'Leary
Sean Kelly
Michael Synott
John Paul Kelly
William Clarke
James Chambers
Martin Reilly
Ross Gaynor
Cathal Naughton
Cathal Lordan
Johnathan Hayes
None Johnathan Hayes -> Michael Synott (20)
Cathal Naughton -> James Fitzgerald (65)
Cathal Lordan -> John Paul Kelly (88)
Yellow cards
None None.
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
Republic of Ireland 1-1 Italy
A second half equaliser from highly-rated Liverpool youngster John Paul Kelly, combined with a late penalty save from Ipswich Town goalkeeper Shane Supple, salvaged a point for Ireland from the first game of the quadrangular tournament in the Canary Islands on Tuesday afternoon.

Kelly slid in to finish off a good cross from Reading’s Jonathan Hayes after 65 minutes, cancelling out an early opener from Italy’s Michele Rinaldi.

And Supple kept out a late spot kick to keep Ireland level - although Sean McCaffrey’s youngsters could well have grabbed all three points but for a lack of composure in front of goal late in the game.

Ireland face Spain today (Wednesday) before a meeting with the Canary Islands hosts on Friday.

Republic of Ireland under-17s: Supple (Ipswich Town); Synnott (Ipswich Town), Reilly (Shelbourne), O’Leary (Aberdeen), Fitzgerald (Lourdes Celtic); JP Kelly (Liverpool), Clarke (Ipswich Town), Gaynor (Millwall); Gibson (Manchester United), S Kelly (Kingdom Boys), Chambers (Shelbourne).

Subs: Hayes (Reading) for Synott (20 mins), Naughton (Nottingham Forest) for Fitzgerald (65), Lordan (Ipswich Town) for JP Kelly (88).
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