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19.10.2011 at 11:00 Tsentralniy - Almaty Attendance:
Liechtenstein 0 - 8 Rep of Ireland
Referee: Sergejus Slyva (LTU) European Qualifier-match

None Ryan O Reilly (11)
Gary O Neill (21)
Sam Byrne (28)
Johnathan Leddy (32)
Kyle Mc Fadden (37)
Jack Grealish (50)
Sam Byrne (pen.) (60)
Sam Byrne (82)
Opening squads
Claudio Majer (GK)
Simon Maag
Jonas Wolf
Max Fehr
Aron Sele
Fabio Wolfinger
Dario Kaiser (C)
Peter Nipp
Dennis Salanović
Simon Zahn
Dominik Schedler
Shane Fagan
Kyle Mc Fadden
Dylan Mc Glade
Conor Whittle
Shaun Coyne
Ryan O Reilly
Dylan Hayes
Jack Grealish
Johnathan Leddy
Gary O Neill
Sam Byrne
Martin Pospelt (GK)
Marco Oehri
Stefan Banzer
Max Gópel
Mirco Heeb
Nicolas Tschutscher
Luca Ritter
Stephen Morris
Daniel O Reilly
Thomas Mulroney
Kevin O Connor
Conor Wilkinson
Ryan Mc Connell
Sean Long
Marco Oehri for Simon Maag 41 mins,
Stefan Banzer for Fabio Wolfinger 63 mins,
Max Gópel for Peter Nipp 75 mins,
Daniel O Reilly -> Shaun Coyne (41)
Conor Wilkinson -> Jack Grealish (58)
Kevin O Connor -> Johnathan Leddy (69)
Yellow cards
Jonas Wolf 50 mins,
Aron Sele 70 mins,
Conor Whittle (67)
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 | Preview
UEFA U-17 Championship first phase qualifier


The Republic of Ireland Under-17s got the start they wanted to their European Championship qualifying campaign today by hitting eight goals without reply against Liechtenstein.

Once Ireland got the breakthrough on eleven minutes through defender Ryan O Reilly, they remained totally in command and striker Sam Byrne ended the tie with a hat-trick.

The result puts a vital three points on the board in Irelands pursuit to claim one of the two available places from the group into the UEFA elite qualification stage. Mini-group hosts Kazakhstan pushed top seeds Czech Republic all the way in the other group match played only to suffer a two-nil reverse.

Liechtenstein s goalkeeper Claudio Majer was kept busy from the 4th minute when he stopped a free-kick effort from Gary O Neill.

Sean Coyne worked the keeper again six minutes later but within a minute of that chance Ireland steamed ahead.

A corner from O Neill was read by to perfection by centre-back Ryan O Reilly who smashed his header off the underside of the crossbar and over the goal-line.

Ireland s first half dominance yielded four more goals in the lead-up to the break. Wolves attacker O Neill made no mistake on 21 minutes when put clear on goal while striker Byrne, of Manchester United, headed home a Jack Grealish cross another seven minutes.

Jonathan Leddy was clinical from the penalty spot on 32 minutes when Grealish won the spot-kick and Kyle McFadden headed in the firth four minutes after.

Four minutes after the break, Aston Villa winger Grealish grabbed a deserved goal by nodding home O Neills delivery.

Ireland continued to produced openings and Byrne rattled the net with a penalty on the hour following a trip on O Neill inside the area.

Seven became eight in stoppage time as Byrne notched his third from close-range to complete the scoring.

"It was a professional performance from the lads and the bright opening was crucial," said Ireland Head Coach John Morling afterwards.

"We were comfortable throughout because the lads kept the ball well and took their chances when they came."

Up next for Ireland is a meeting on Friday with host nation Kazakhstan, an assignment expected to provide an altogether sterner challenge. Ireland face Czech Republic in their final game of the first phase qualifiers on Tuesday.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: S. Fagan (Coventry City); C. Whittle (De La Salle), K. McFadden (Norwich City), R. O Reilly (Stoke City), S. Coyne (Cherry Orchard); D. Hayes (Derby County), J. Leddy (Ipswich Town), G. O Neill (Wolves); D. McGlade (Middlesbrough), S. Byrne (Manchester United), J. Grealish (Aston Villa),

Subs: D. O Reilly (Fulham) for Coyne (h/t), Conor Wilkinson (Millwall) for Grealish (58 mins), Kevin O Connor (St. Patrick s Athletic) for Leddy (69 mins)
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