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11.10.2011 at 16:00 Lauta - Plovdiv Attendance:
Russia 1 - 3 Rep of Ireland Under 19
Referee: Antti Munukka (FIN) European Qualifier-match

Dzhalilov 22 mins, Paul George (63)
George Smith (66)
Anthony Forde (79)
Opening squads
Egor Generalov (GK)
Aleksandr Manyukov
Denis Kutin
Ravil Netfullin
Mikhail Gorelishvili
Alisher Dzhalilov
Sergei Sipatov
Vladimir Smirnov
Sergei Zuykov
Nikolai Kalinski
Ilya Kutepov (C)
Sean Mc Dermott
Neil Byrne
Michael Barker
Carl Mc Hugh
Sean Murray
Anthony Forde
John O Sullivan
George Smith
Bradley Garmston
Graham Burke
Tommie Hoban
Ivan Khomukha
Dmitri Otstavnov
Maksim Zhestkov
Alan Smith
Conor Morrissey
Chris Lyons
Samir Carruthers
Paul George
Dmitri Otstavnov for Mikhail Gorelishvili 69 mins,
Ivan Khomukha for Ravil Netfullin 81 mins.
Paul George -> Graham Burke (50)
Conor Morrissey -> Michael Barker (88)
Yellow cards
Nikolai Kalinski 41 mins
Aleksandr Manyukov 60 mins,
Aleksandr Manyukov 66 mins,
Sergei Zuykov 90+2
Red cards
Aleksandr Manyukov 66 mins,
Denis Kutin 77 mins,
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
UEFA U-19 Championship first phase qualifier

Republic of Ireland 3-1 Russia

It was mission accomplished for the Republic of Ireland Under-19s after they sealed progression into the elite phase of UEFA qualifiers by defeating nine-man Russia in Plovdiv on Tuesday.

A raft of permutations were possible going into the last series of fixtures but an Ireland victory would be enough to claim a top-two finish.

Bulgaria needed to better Ireland s result in their game to edge a place while Russias continuation in the tournament depended on a landslide victory to boost their goal difference.

Though Paul Doolin s side did it the hard way, they got the required result. John O Sullivan smashed an early shot off the crossbar for Ireland but Alisher Dzhalilov s 22nd minute strike had Russia ahead at the break.

A livelier Ireland side emerged for the second half, with George Smith going close to equalising on two occasions.

Paul George, on as a substitute, added guile for the Irish and a minute after seeing a strike being disallowed, the Celtic winger connected with a George Smith lay-off to level on 62 minutes.

The same pair combined two minutes later to make it 2-1. This time it was George Smith who slotted home.

Russia then lost their defender Aleksandr Manyukov to a red card and after Anthony Forde settled it with Ireland s third twelve minutes from time, another Russian player - Denis Kutin - was dismissed before the end.

Republic of Ireland U-19: McDermott (Arsenal); Barker (Bohemians), Byrne (Notts Forest), Hoban (Watford), McHugh (Dundalk); G. Smith (Southend United), O Sullivan (Blackburn Rovers), Garmston (West Brom); Murray (Watford), Burke (Aston Villa), Forde (Wolves).
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