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02.10.2009 at 16:00 Albena 1 - Albena - Bulgaria Attendance:
Sweden 0 - 0 Rep of Ireland
Referee: Georgios Daloukas (GRE) EC Qualifying Round / PROG T/S-match

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Opening squads
1 Davor Blazevic
2 Mattias Pavic
3 Jonathan Åkerman Berndtsson
4 Erik Berthagen
6 Måns Söderqvist
7 Amin Nazari
8 Carlos Garcia Ambrosiani
9 Anton Sandberg Magnusson
10 Lucas Ohlander
16 Mathias Jung
17 Tobias Lewicki
Jack Bonham
Ben Glasgow
Sean Mc Ginty
Neil Yadolahi
Richard Bryan
Frankie Sutherland
Carl Mc Hugh
Shane Byrne
Anton Rodgers
Aidan O'Brien
Daniel Purdy
12 Kevin Angleborn
11 Simon Hedlund
13 Karl Holmberg
14 Luca Sciacca
15 Jonathan Azulay
18 Kristoffer Thydell
Alan Smith
Kevin Knight
Michael Barker
Brian Mc Groary
Callum Webb
George Smith
Lucas Ohlander (out)
Luca Sciacca (in)57 mins;
Tobias Lewicki (out)
Simon Hedlund (in)59 mins;
Kevin Knight -> Frankie Sutherland (34)
Brian Mc Groary -> Ben Glasgow (41)
George Smith -> Daniel Purdy (66)
Yellow cards
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Red cards
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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 0-0 Sweden

The Republic of Ireland Under-17 team got the point they needed today against Sweden to confirm their position as group winners of UEFA Championship first phase group six.

Wins over Bulgaria and Latvia in their first two matches of the group guaranteed that Ireland advanced into the next phase, the Elite section, as one of the top two teams in the four-nation group.

Sweden, however, could have overtaken Ireland at the summit had they beaten Sean McCaffrey's side today in the concluding group game but they were denied in achieving their mission.

A quickly taken corner after only three minutes resulted in Ireland's first chance. Anton Rodgers, Ben Glasgow and Aiden O'Brien were involved and the shot by Chelsea youngster Rodgers forced a good save from Blazevic.

Rodgers was again to the fore three minutes later in supplying the ammunition for O'Brien to blast but he was foiled by another top-class stop.

Sweden showed signs of threatening through Karl Holmberg and Lucas Ohlander only for each of them to miss the target with their respective first-half efforts but Ireland went in at the break satisfied with their work.

Half-time substitute, Brian McGorary, worked an opening four minutes after the turnaround for Ireland but didn't test the goalkeeper before Shane Byrne whistled a shot wide three minutes later.

The best opportunity of the game fell to Aiden O'Brien with a minute remaining but their would be no repeat of his heroics from Tuesday when he netted a last-gasp winner against Latvia.

Put straight through on goal, O'Brien looked rounded the ‘keeper only for the Swedish netminder to recover and get a slight touch on his goalbound shot to deflect wide.

The final standings in the table reads - Ireland: 7 points, Sweden: 5 points, Bulgaria: 4 points, Latvia 0 points.

IRELAND: Bonham (Watford); Glasgow (Arsenal), Bryan (Aston Villa), McGinty (Manchester United), Neil Yadolahi (St. Kevin's Boys); Rodgers (Chelsea), Byrne (Leicester City), McHugh (Reading), Sutherland (QPR); O'Brien (Millwall), Purdy (West Ham United).

Substitutes: Knight (Leicester City) for Sutherland (34 mins), McGroary (Wolves) for Glasgow (h/t), Smith (Southend United) for Purdy (66 mins)


Under-17 UEFA Championship first phase qualifiers (hosted by Bulgaria):

Sunday, September 27
Republic of Ireland 2-1 Bulgaria
Sweden 2-0 Latvia

Tuesday, September 29
Republic of Ireland 1-0 Latvia
Sweden 0-0 Bulgaria

Friday, October 2
Republic of Ireland 0-0 Sweden
Bulgaria 4-0 Latvia.
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