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26.02.2013 at 19:00 Attendance:
Croatia 2 - 1 Rep of Ireland
Referee: Friendly-match

Ante Roguljic 48 Mins
Ante Roguljic 58 Mins,
Reece Grego-Cox (63)
Opening squads
Ivo Crbic ,
Marko Stolnik,
Petar Mamic,
Ivan Sunjic,
Lukas Culjak,
Franjo Prce,
David Zabec,
Karlo Lulic,
Fran Brodic,
Ante Roguljic,
Ivan Fiolic
Peter Burke
Robin Dempsey
Dylan Barnett
Ryan Rainey
Stehen Confrey
Cody Mulhall
Jack Byrne
Conor Shaughnessy
Danny Crowley
Corey Galvin
Harry Charsley
Cian Kavanagh
Val Feeney
Dylan Kavanagh
Reece Grego-Cox
None Reece Grego-Cox -> Stehen Confrey (55)
Dylan Kavanagh -> Corey Galvin (60)
Cian Kavanagh -> Harry Charsley (65)
Val Feeney -> Danny Crowley (70)
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
Match report | Preview
The Republic of Ireland U17 team were defeated 2-1 by hosts Croatia in the first of two international friendlies today bringing their five match unbeaten record to an end.

Despite Tom Mohans side producing a solid performance where plenty of goal chances were created, it was not enough to overcome the home side in Novigrad this afternoon.

Ireland started well with the score remaining at 0-0 at half-time. The energised Croatians then started the second half with vigour scoring two goals within 15 minutes of resuming play after the interval. The first coming from a volley, while the second was the result of a penalty, both from Ante Roguljic in the 48th and 58th minutes respectively.

Debutant Reece Cox produced a convincing performance after scoring within minutes of coming off the bench in the second half from 10 yards.

The Irish missed a number of chances with Jack Byrne, Cody Mulhall, and Conor Shaughnessy all narrowly missing out in an attempt to equalise with the Croatians.

"This has proven to be a very useful exercise. We had a lot of new players, and despite the result, they really worked hard and produced a convincing performance" said Mohan.

"The team created a lot of chances, especially towards the end of the second half. Conor Shaughnessy was unlucky, while Jack Byrne had a shot deflected.’

"Croatia are a strong, composed side, but overall I felt it was a good team performance.”

"We have another fixture on Thursday so we have to look to that. I intend to freshen things up and use the game as another opportunity to experiment before next month’s qualifiers. "

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Peter Burke, Ryan Rainey, Robin Dempsey, Corey Galvin, Cody Mulhall, Danny Crowley, Jack Byrne, Harry Charsley, Stephen Confrey, Dylan Barnett, Conor Shaughnessy Subs: Reece Cox for Confrey (55 Mins), Dylan Kavanagh for Galvin (60 mins) Cian Kavanagh for Charsley (65 mins) Val Feeney for Crowley (70 mins)

CROATIA: Ivo Crbic , Marko Stolnik, Petar Mamic, Ivan Sunjic, Lukas Culjak, Franjo Prce, David Zabec, Karlo Lulic, Fran Brodic, Ante Roguljic, Ivan Fiolic
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