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13.09.2011 at 19:30 Ferrycarrig Park Attendance:
Rep of Ireland 0 - 2 Serbia
Referee: Sean Grant Friendly-match

None. Nikola Sakic 7 mins,
Veljko Simic 15 mins,
Opening squads
Eric Grimes
Shaun Coyne
Conor Whittle
Kyle Mc Fadden
Dylan Mc Glade
Daniel O Reilly
Dylan Hayes
Jack Grealish
Kevin O Connor
Gary O Neill
Sam Byrne
Predarag Rajkovic;
Nemanja Jaksic,
Nikola Sakic, (c)
Branko Jovanovic,
Sasa Zdjelar;
Veljko Simic,
Milan Jokic,
Bogdan Tepic,
Filip Jankovic;
Milan Spremo,
Stefan Milosevic.
Shane Fagan
Ryan O Reilly
Thomas Mulroney
Ryan Mc Connell
Conor Wilkinson
Johnathan Leddy
Evan Finnegan
Sean Long
Adam Wixted
Uros Matic (gk)
Nemanja Antanov,
Andrija Mijailovic,
Dario Krivokuca,
Nikola Lekovic,
Nikola Karaaklajic,
Aleksa Bajic
Thomas Mulroney -> Gary O Neill (41)
Adam Wixted -> Jack Grealish (41)
Conor Wilkinson -> Dylan Mc Glade (41)
Johnathan Leddy -> Kevin O Connor (66)
Sean Long -> Sam Byrne (72)
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
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Republic of Ireland 0-2 Serbia
Nikola Sakic 7, Veljko Simic 15

The Republic of Ireland Under-17s lost their opening match of the campaign tonight at Ferrycarrig Park in Wexford when Serbia netted two early goals without reply.

In the first game of this weeks friendly double-header, John Morlings Irish side started brightly but fell behind on seven minutes.

Nikola Sakic was given too much time and space inside the box to shoot from ten yards and, though Ireland goalkeeper Eric Grimes blocked the effort, the Serbia captain was on hand to convert the rebound himself.

Serbian goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic was busy for the next five minutes with the pick of his stops coming from a Gary O Neill drive from ten yards which he brilliantly pushed away.

Just as Ireland began to settle, they were hit with a second goal on 15 minutes. Veljko Simic profited from a fortunate deflection inside
the box to beat Grimes with a rising volley into the top corner.

Ireland remained lively in attack with Jack Grealish, Sam Byrne and Dylan McGlade getting more change out of the Serbia defence approaching the break.

O Neill nearly halved the arrears before the interval only for Nemanja Jaksic to clear the close-range effort.

The second half saw Ireland enjoy plenty more possession and produced a number of chances.

Dylan Hayes dipped a volley just wide midway through the second half while debutant Conor Wilkinson was fractionally off-target with a
header from Kevin O Connors right-wing cross.

The nations meet again on Thursday at 12 noon.

Republic of Ireland: Grimes (Leeds United); Whittle (De la Salle), D. O Reilly (Fulham), McFadden (Norwich City), Coyne (Cherry Orchard); O Connor (St. Patrick s Athletic), O Neill (Wolves), Hayes (Derby County); McGlade (Middlesbrough), Byrne (Manchester United), Grealish (Aston Villa).

Subs: Mulroney (Crumlin United) for O Neill, Wixted (Derby County) for Grealish, Wilkinson (Millwall) for McGlade (all h/t), Leddy (Ipswich Town) for O Connor (66 mins), Long (Cherry Orchard) for Byrne (72 mins)

Serbia: Serbia: Rajkovic; Jaksic, Sakic, Jovanovic, Zdjelar; Simic, Jokic, Tepic, Jankovic; Spremo, Milosevic.

Referee: Sean Grant.
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