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28.03.2017 at 18:00 Freethiel, Beveren (Bel) Attendance:
Belgium 0 - 1 Rep of Ireland Under 19
Referee: Cătălin Găman (Romania) European Qualifier Elite Stage-match

None None.
Opening squads
Teunckens (GK)
De Smet
Caoimhin Kelleher
Canice Carroll
Declan Rice
Conor Masterson
Trevor Clarke
Corey O Keeffe
Conor Levingston
Tyreke Wilson
Ronan Hale
Zach Elbouzedi
Jayson Molumby
Svilar (GK)
Van Vaerenbergh
Mark Travers
Conor Kane
Daragh Leahy
Dan Mc Kenna
Dan Mandroiu
Stephen Mallon
Michael O Connor
Van Vaerenbergh for Verstraete 46 mins,
Jansens for Lemoine 46 mins,
Seogers for Mangala 75 mins.
Dan Mc Kenna -> Conor Levingston (51)
Yellow cards
Teunckens 19 mins,
Daneels 64 mins,
De Smet 81 mins,
Jansens 88 mins,
Corey O Keeffe (71)
Tyreke Wilson (83)
Zach Elbouzedi (90)
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
THE Republic of Ireland U19 side were denied a place in the UEFA U19 Championships Finals tonight on goal difference despite beating mini-tournament hosts Belgium 1-0 in their final group game.

28th Mar 2017

Tom Mohan’s side needed to beat the Belgians and hope that rivals Sweden would be held by Italy in the other game in the group.

A 21st minute own goal by Belgium skipper Wout Faes gave Ireland the three points in Beveren but substitute Viktor Gyökeres grabbed the only game in Hamme to seal top spot for the Swedes.

The Irish goal was the main talking point of the first half. Trevor Clarke got to the endline and whipped in a cross that the defender turned into his own net.

Irish keeper Caoimhin Kelleher made a save to deny Jorn Vancamp in the dying moments of the first half.

Zachary Elbouzedi had a shot blocked in the 59th minute after the Belgians failed to clear a Corey O'Keeffe corner and less than a minute later Ronan Hale fired off target as Ireland pressed for a second goal.

Kelleher made another save to keep out an Orel Mangala effort in the 61st minute and five minutes later he kept out an attempt by Vancamp .

Vancamp was denied again by Kelleher in the 84th minute then Jayson Molumby brought out a save from home keeper Jens Teunckens 60 seconds later.

Elbouzedi also had an effort off target in injury-time but the bigger disappointment for Ireland was the result from the other game in the group which saw the Swedes reach the finals at Ireland’s expense.

“We were outstanding to a man. The lads did Irish football proud tonight. To perform so well against a top nation like Belgium who were very good says everything about them," said Mohan.

“It’s very disappointing but we have to live with it and move on. These boys are ambitious and know they did enough to reach the finals. To beat Italy and Belgium was so good but maybe we were a bit tired in the second game and paid the price.

“I couldn’t have asked more of the players and the staff. The lads showed character and hard work.

“We had to defend so well after going ahead. Our back four with Conor Masterson and Declan Rice excelling and Caoimhin Kelleher making impressive saves were very good. Ronan Hale put in a great shift. Trevor Clarke was outstanding.

“We could only carry out our side of the bargain and hope that Italy did us a favour against Sweden. If you look at Connor Ronan, Steven Kinsella and Jake Doyle-Hayes also missing it's been an incredible effort from our lads.

“A lot of these players have big futures in the game. Three of our back four plus Jayson Molumby in midfield are eligible again next season. I don’t think anybody could argue but that the future is bright.”

BELGIUM: Teunckens, Lemoine (Janssens 46), Faes, Verstraete (Van Vaerenbergh 46), Vancamp, Rigo, Verreth, De Smet, Mangala (Seigers 75), Daneels, Vanheusden.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Kelleher, Carroll, Masterson, Rice, Wilson., O'Keeffe, Levingston (McKenna 51), Elbouzedi, Molumby, Hale, Clarke.


UEFA U19 Championships Elite Qualifying Round Group 7

THURSDAY, MARCH 23: Republic of Ireland 2-0 Italy, Hamme (Bel)

SATURDAY, MARCH 25: Sweden 3-0 Republic of Ireland, Freethiel, Beveren (Bel)

TUESDAY, MARCH 28: Belgium 0-1 Republic of Ireland, Freethiel, Beveren (Bel)
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