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27.03.2012 at 19:00 sV Venray, Venray (NED) Attendance:
Albania 2 - 1 Rep of Ireland
Referee: Andranik Arsenyan (ARM) EC Elite Round / T/S-match

Kristi Marku 35 Mins Pen,
Franc Ymeralilaj 49 Mins,
Jack Grealish (43)
Opening squads
Aldo Teqja (GK)
Amri Jonuzi
Tom Syku
Kristi Marku (C)
Paulo Sokoli
Endri Cekici
Dorian Hakrama
Franc Ymeralilaj
Maldin Ymeraj
Mikelanxho Bardhi
Berat Beqiri
Eric Grimes
Ryan O Reilly
Shaun Coyne
Sean Long
Alan O Sullivan
Kevin O Connor
Gary O Neill
Dylan Hayes
Ryan Mc Connell
Jack Grealish
Sam Byrne
Thoma Strakosha (GK)
Besar Vorpsi
Ergi Borshi
Jurgen Vatnikaj
Almedin Murati
Fabian Lokaj
Peter Burke
Dylan Mc Glade
Thomas Mulroney
Kyle Mc Fadden
Bradley Lewis
Johnathan Leddy
Conor Wilkinson
Almedin Murati for Bequiri 44 Mins,
Fabian Lokaj for Murati 52 mins,
Jurgen Vatnikaj for Hakrama 72 mins,
Johnathan Leddy -> Kevin O Connor (57)
Dylan Mc Glade -> Sam Byrne (63)
Yellow cards
None Ryan O Reilly (41)
Ryan O Reilly (75)
Red cards
None Ryan O Reilly (75)
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
Last match for John Morling as manager of Unde 17 team

UEFA Under-17 elite stage qualifier

Republic of Ireland 1 Albania 2

The Republic of Ireland completed their UEFA Under-17 elite stage qualification campaign on a disappointing note today when they lost to Albania in SV Venray, Holland.

A point for John Morlings side would have secured third spot but Albanias counter-attacking style caught the Boys in Green out at two crucial stages of the game.

The contest began promisingly for Ireland when the two centre-backs, Ryan O Reilly and Ryan McConnell, went close with headers from set-pieces. Sam Byrne saw his shot angle wide while Aldo Teqja denied a Jack Grealish effort.

Albania won a penalty 5 minutes before the break when Ireland defender Sean Long was adjudged to have fouled inside the area. Albania skipper Kristi Marku made no mistake from twelve yards.

Ireland reacted well to that set-back by equalising three minutes into the second half. Byrne and interval substitute Conor Wilkinson were involved in the build-up but Grealish still had plenty to do with a shot from 25 yards which flew beyond Teqja.

It was not long before the Albanians regained the lead as they broke at pace and Franc Ymeralilaj applied a cool finish past Eric Grimes in the Irish goal.

The Irish continued to create chances and Wilkinson was unlucky to have a shot rifle back off the crossbar. Defender Ryan O Reilly was sent off late on for a second booking following a mis-timed tackle.

European Champions Holland got the point they needed against joint-leaders Serbia in the other Group 5 game played to consolidate top spot on goal difference and progress to the Slovenia-hosted finals in May.

REP OF IRELAND: E. Grimes (Leeds United); S. Long (Cherry Orchard), R. McConnell (Letterkenny Rovers), R. O Reilly (Stoke City), S. Coyne (Cherry Orchard); D. Hayes (Derby County), K. O Connor (St. Patricks Athletic), G. O Neill (Wolves); S. Byrne (Manchester United), A. O Sullivan (Home Farm), J. Grealish (Aston Villa).

Subs used: C. Wilkinson (Millwall) for O Neill (h/t), J. Leddy (Ipswich Town) for O Connor (57), D. McGlade (Middlesbrough) for Byrne (63).

ALBANIA: Teqja; Jonuzi, Syku, Marku, Sokoli; Cekici, Hakrama, Beqiri, Bardhi; Ymeralilaj, Ymeraj.

Subs used: Murati for Beqiri (44), Lokaj for Murati (52), Vatnikaj for Hakrama (72).

REFEREE: A. Arsenyan (Armenia).
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