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31.03.2015 at 11:00 Carl Benz Stadium, Mannheim Attendance:
Slovakia 2 - 2 Rep of Ireland Under 19
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (Azerbaijan European Qualifier Elite Stage-match

Vavro 12 mins,
Cmelik 44 mins
Ryan Manning (77)
Joel Coulstrain (91)
Opening squads
Harry Doherty
Fiacra Kelleher
Bobby Moseley
Kevin Toner
Noe Baba
Ryan Goldsmith
Jamie Mc Grath
Ryan Manning
Conor Dimaio
Josh Cullen
Jack Hallahan
Junas (GK)
Liam Bossin
Jamie Mulhall
Sean Heaney
Joel Coulstrain
Harry Charsley
Eoghan Stokes
Reece Grego-Cox
Berežný for Kružliak 30 mins
Polievka for Špalek 55 mins,
Haraslín for Lesniak 69 mins,
Harry Charsley -> Conor Dimaio (58)
Joel Coulstrain -> Ryan Goldsmith (61)
Reece Grego-Cox -> Jack Hallahan (76)
Yellow cards
Kacer 40 mins,
Benes 45 mins,
Kadlec 64 mins,
Vavro 76 mins,
Cmelik 79 mins
Benes 83 mins,
Kadlec 85 mins,
Roadak 87 mins,
Conor Dimaio (54)
Kevin Toner (79)
Kevin Toner (90)
Red cards
Benes 83 mins
Kadlec 85 mins
Siplak 86 mins
Kevin Toner (90)
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
Paul Doolin's side came back from 2-0 down at the break to clinch a point thanks to second half goals from a Ryan Manning penalty and Joel Coustrain. The Slovaks ended the game with three players dismissed while the Irish also had Kevin Toner ordered off for two bookable offences.

Slovakia needed a win to secure their place in the finals in Greece this summer while Ireland's chances of progressing ended in an unfortunate loss to Germany on Saturday.

The Slovaks pushed around to get early control and Irish keeper Harry Doherty was forced into an eighth minute save to deny Juraj Chvátal before Denis Vavro opened the scoring four minutes later after finishing at the back post from a corner.

Doherty made another save to deny Andrej Kadlec in the 23rd minute and ten minutes later Ireland had their first effort on target when Cobh Ramblers winger Ryan Goldsmith drew a save from keeper Marek Rodák.

Unfortunately for Ireland they conceded a second goal one minute before half-time when Lukas Čmelík turned the ball home after a quick counter-attack.

After the break Ireland raised their tempo and two minutes in Josh Cullen drew a save from Rodák.

Doherty was tested by Robert Polievka in the 62nd minute then Rodák was stretched by Manning in the 73rd minute then made a double-save to deny Jack Hallahan 60 seconds later.

Ireland kept up the pressure and Rodák denied Cullen again in the 75th minute before the Irish won a penalty in the 77th minute as Noe Baba was fouled in the penalty area by Polievka. Manning converted from the spot.

Doherty kept out an effort from Lukas Haraslín in the 82nd minute and less than a minute later Slovakia were down to ten men after Laszlo Bénes picked up a second booking.

Vavro was denied by Doherty once more before Kadlec became the second man dismissed for two bookings then Jakub Hromada was also shown the red card to leave the Slovaks with just eight players.

Ireland pushed hard for the equaliser and Rodák kept out a Manning effort in the 89th minute before Toner was shown a second yellow card and was dismissed after a challenge on Haraslín.

Just when it looked like Slovakia would hang on for the three points Joel Coustrain popped up to turn the ball home from a Reece Grego-Cox cross one minute into injury-time to clinch a share of the spoils in a remarkable game.

"We were hoping to get something from it. We looked to finish off on a decent performance. They were a very good side and scored a couple of goals in first half but we deserved something from the game," said Doolin.

"We were outstanding in the second half. Our attacking after the break was excellent. Slovakia had a couple of chances too. It was probably it was just as well it ended what it did as the discipline seemed to have gone from the game.

"Overall I felt we played really well and deserved something from it. It wasn't just character. It was great play. These players have been great over the season and improved a lot collectively and individually."

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Doherty, Baba, Moseley, Kelleher, Toner, Dimaio (Charsley 58), Manning, McGrath, Cullen, Hallahan (Grego-Cox 76), Goldsmith (Coustrain 61).

SLOVAKIA: Rodák, Kadlec, Vavro, Kružliak (Berežný 30), Káčer, Bénes, Vestenický, Lesniak (Haraslín 69), Čmelík, Špalek (Polievka 55), Chvátal.


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