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31.05.2012 at 19:00 Estádio da Nora, Ferreira (POR) Attendance:
Israel 1 - 1 Rep of Ireland Under 19
Referee: Danilo Grujic (SRB) European Qualifier Elite Stage / T/S-match

Shahar Hirsh 89 mins, Aidan O' Brien (50)
Opening squads
Sean Mc Dermott
Michael Barker
Derrick Williams
Neil Byrne
Bradley Garmston
George Smith
Anthony Forde
John O Sullivan
Frankie Sutherland
Aidan O' Brien
Tommie Hoban
Luke Byrne
Conor Morrissey
Hirsh for Kochav,54 Mins
Raiyan for Lax 54 Mins,
Azubel for Atar 73 Mins
Luke Byrne -> Derrick Williams (59)
Conor Morrissey -> George Smith (87)
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 U-19 1-1 Israel U-19

The Republic of Ireland Under-19s were denied their first win of the UEFA elite stage qualifiers in Portugal last night when Israel nicked a point with a late equaliser.

Conceding of a last-gasp Portugal winner in Saturdays opener - after being the better team throughout - put a massive dent in Irelands qualification hopes and they went out of contention two days later when Ukraine struck three goals without reply.

This concluding tie in Ferreira began well for Paul Doolins side, with their dominance eventually earning a breakthrough five minutes into the second half.

Millwall striker Aidan O Brien was on hand to supply Irelands first goal of the series with a well-taken finish.

George Smith and John O Sullivan spurned chances to extend the advantage and that profligacy caught up with them a minute from full-time when Shahar Hirsh equalised following a corner from fellow Israel substitute Ismail Raiyan.

Mini-group hosts Portugal defeated Ukraine 3-0 in the other game to finish top of the four-nation group and book a place in next months European Championships in Estonia.

Republic of Ireland: S. McDermott (Arsenal); M. Barker (Bohemians), N. Byrne (Rochdale), T. Hoban (Watford), D. Williams (Aston Villa); J. O Sullivan (Blackburn Rovers), F. Sutherland (QPR), B. Garmston (West Brom); G Smith(Southend), A. O Brien (Millwall), A. Forde (Wolves).

Subs: L. Byrne (Bohemians) for Williams (59), C. Morrissey (Trieste) for Smith (87)

Israel: Shushan; Akafi, Hayek, Abu, Tchalisher; Kochav, Perel, Kanuk, Atar; Lax, Elo.

Subs: Hirsh for Kochav, Raiyan for Lax (both 54), Azubel for Atar (73).

Referee: Danilo Grujić (Serbia).
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