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15.08.2013 at 13:00 UCD Bowl Attendance:
Rep of Ireland Under 19 1 - 2 Norway
Referee: Friendly-match

Sam Byrne (70)
Alexander Sorloth 18 mins,
Vergard Bergan 84 mins.
Opening squads
Aaron Myles
Kyle Mc Fadden
Sean Long
Ryan Mc Connell
Alan Browne
Conor Dimaio
Sean Coyne
Dean O Halloran
Adam Wixted
Jack Byrne
Conor Wilkinson
Ole Hermann Opheim,
Vergard Bergan,
Marius Hoibraten,
Kent-Are Antonsen,
Kasper Skaanes,
Frederik Aursnes ,
Iver Fossum,
Bard Finne,
Alexander Sorloth,
Jon Hodnemyr,
Kamer Qaka
Evan Finnegan
Noe Baba
Sam Byrne
Sam Byrne -> Conor Wilkinson (41)
Noe Baba -> Conor Dimaio (60)
Evan Finnegan -> Adam Wixted (76)
Mariin Troen for Bard Finne 53 mins,
Bjorn Inge Uivik for Kent-Are Antonsen 54 mins,
Zymer Bytyqi for Kamer Qaka 66 mins,
Morien Strand for Frederik Aursnes 66 mins,
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 Norway 2

THE Republic of Ireland U19 side suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat by Norway in a friendly international at UCD Bowl this afternoon.

Paul Doolins side began well and visiting keeper Ole Hermann Opheim made an impressive stop to keep out a powerful strike from midfielder Connor Dimaio in the 13th minute.

Two minutes later Opheim made another impressive stop to parry a similar effort from Conor Wilkinson from the edge of the box.

Unfortunately Norway opened the scoring in the 18th minute when the impressive Bard Finne produced a stunning strike from distance that smashed off the Irish crossbar and Alexander Sorloth reacted first to head home the rebound.

After the break the Irish looked lively and two minutes in Sam Byrne showed great trickery in the penalty area to carve out a chance for himself but the Norwegian keeper saved bravely at his feet.

Byrne was then gifted the equaliser in the 70th minute when Opheim passed the ball straight to Byrne after dealing with a routine back-pass and the Manchester United striker was happy to shoot to the unguarded net.

Norway reacted well to that blow and Jama Omar smashed another strike from the edge of the box off Aaron Myles crossbar in the 77th minute. From the resulting corner Irish defender Evan Finnegan saw his defensive header strike his own crossbar before rebounding to safety.

Ireland had threatened to produce a winner but instead it was the visitors who clinched the victory in the 84th minute. Towering defender Vergard Bergan burst through to head home following a corner.

The Irish will meet Slovenia in two U19 friendlies in Waterford on Tuesday, September 3 and Thursday, September 5.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Aaron Myles, Seán Long, Kyle McFadden (C), Ryan McConnell, Seán Coyne, Alan Browne, Adam Wixted (Evan Finnegan 76), Connor Dimaio (Noe Baba 60), Jack Byrne, Conor Wilkinson (Sam Byrne 41), Dean O Halloran.

NORWAY: Ole Hermann Opheim, Vergard Bergan, Marius Hoibraten, Kent-Are Antonsen (Bjorn Inge Uivik 54), , Kasper Skaanes, Frederik Aursnes (Morien Strand 66), , Iver Fossum, Bard Finne 9Mariin Troen 53), Alexander Sorloth, Jon Hodnemyr, Kamer Qaka (Zymer Bytyqi 66
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