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12.10.2010 at 15:00 Lokomotiv, Bulgaria. Attendance:
Serbia 1 - 0 Rep of Ireland Under 19
Referee: European Qualifier-match

Luka Milunović 71 mins, None.
Opening squads
Marko Dmitrović (GK)
Jovan Krneta
Marko Petković
Filip Malbašić
Luka Milunović
Andrej Mrkela (C)
Darko Brašanac
Goran Čaušić
Uroš Vitas
Ivan Rogač
Danilo Kuzmanović
Aaron Mc Carey
Anthony O'Connor
Shane Duffy
Declan Walker
Sean Mc Ginty
Robert Brady
Craig Walsh
Jeff Hendrick
Carl Mc Hugh
Daryl Horgan
Gary Shaw
Nikola Perić (GK)
Djordje Despotović
Nenad Lukić
Nikola Stoiljković
Nikola Trujić
Filip Kostić
Ciaran Gallagher
Liam Irwin
John Egan
Mark O' Brien
Stephen Mc Donnell
Anton Rodgers
Michael Rafter
Djordje Despotović for Filip Malbašić 56 mins,
Nenad Lukić for Ivan Rogač 56 mins,
Nikola Stoiljković for Andrej Mrkela (C) 86 mins,
Stephen Mc Donnell -> Gary Shaw (24)
Mark O' Brien -> Craig Walsh (59)
Liam Irwin -> Carl Mc Hugh (74)
Yellow cards
Danilo Kuzmanović 78 mins,
Marko Petković 85 mins,
Darko Brašanac 91 mins,
Anthony O'Connor (52)
Declan Walker (83)
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
Serbia 1 Republic of Ireland 0

The Republic of Ireland Under-19s were narrowly beaten by fellow qualifiers Serbia in the concluding UEFA Under-19 first phase qualifying match played today (Tuesday) in Lokomotiv, Bulgaria.

Both teams were assured of their passage into the elite phase on the back of victories against Luxembourg and Bulgaria, prompting each manager to make changes to the starting line-ups.

Irish Head Coach Paul Doolin gave first starts of the campaign to Carl McHugh (Reading), Anthony O Connor (Blackburn Rovers) and Craig Walsh (Longford Town).

Ten minutes had elapsed when Ireland fashioned their first opening as Declan Walkers cross drifted into the box where the unmarked Gary Shaw could not apply a proper connection with his head.

Robert Brady was next to go close for Doolins side, cutting inside and forcing a save from goalkeeper Marko Dmitrović.

Ireland lost Shaw midway through the half when his ankle injury caused him to be substituted for Stephen McDonnell.

The Boys in Green should have gone ahead three minutes before the break when Shane Duffy rose above his marker inside the box yet nodded over the crossbar.

Serbia came more into the game after the break but Ireland continued to probe with both Brady and Jeff Hendrick getting on the end of chances without troubling Dmitrović.

While the Irish struggled to take their opportunities, Serbia capitalised upon one of their few when Luka Milunović popped up at the back post to head a right-wing cross past goalkeeper Aaron McCarey.

Irish captain winger Brady was inches wide with a shot in the dying minutes for the last chance of the game.

Republic of Ireland: McCarey (Wolves); Walker (Wrexham), McGinty (Man United), Duffy (Everton), O Connor (Blackburn Rovers); Walsh (Longford Town), Hendrick (Derby County), McHugh (Reading); Horgan (Salthill Devon), Shaw (Bray Wanderers), Brady (Man United).
Substitutions: McDonnell (Dundalk) for Shaw (24 mins), O Brien (Derby County) for Walsh (59 mins), Irwin (Bolton Wanderers) for McHugh (74 mins).
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