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26.03.2014 at 14:00 Stara Pazova (SRB) Attendance:
Serbia 2 - 1 Rep of Ireland
Referee: Alexandru Tean (Moldova) EC Elite Round-match

Ivan Šaponjić 7 mins
Luka Jović 80+3 mins (p)
Robbie Duggan (67)
Opening squads
Evan Moran
Robbie Mc Court
Conor Masterson
Corey Whelan
Anthony Breslin
Shane Elworthy
Danny Kane
Anthony Dolan
Tom Holland
Adam Mc Donnell
George Poynton
Nikolić (GK)
Stefan Janković
Mile Šarenac
Filip Stanković
Igor Savić
Bogdan Rangelov
Strahinja Karišić
Matt Connor
Robin Walsh
Robbie Duggan
Stephen Best
Nathan Corkery
Steven Kinsella
Jessie Devers
Strahinja Karišić (in) - Lazar Tufegdžić (out)41 mins
Mile Šarenac (in) - Miloš Zlatković (out) 59 mins
Stefan Janković (in) - Nikola Mitrović (out) 78 mins
Steven Kinsella -> Anthony Dolan (49)
Robbie Duggan -> Adam Mc Donnell (57)
Yellow cards
Matija Špoljarić 32 mins,
Marko Mijailović 33 mins,
Ivan Šaponjić 55 mins,
Miloš Stojanović 67 mins
Danny Kane (24)
Robbie Mc Court (35)
Anthony Dolan (47)
Tom Holland (53)
Steven Kinsella (66)
Robbie Duggan (68)
Danny Kane (75)
Red cards
None Danny Kane (75)
Corey Whelan (84)
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
Serbia 2 Republic of Ireland 1

THE Republic of Ireland U17 suffered a disappointing 2-1 loss to host nation Serbia in their opening fixture of the UEFA U17 Championship Elite qualifying round in Stara Pazova this afternoon.

A contentious penalty three minutes injury-time gave the Serbs the three points with Luka Jović scoring from the spot after Anto Breslin was judged to have fouled Ivan Šaponjić.

Ireland had finished the game with ten men after Danny Kane was shown a second yellow card with five minutes left. To add to Ireland's disappointment Corey Whelan was issued a red card at the final whistle following the controversy over the match-winning penalty.

Šaponjić had put the Serbs in front in the seventh minute after Whelan had been adjudged to have fouled Matija Špoljarić for a dangerous free-kick.

Ireland keeper Evan Moran denied Špoljarić in the 23rd minute and then made another save from Jović five minutes later.

The Irish youngsters grew into the game with Shane Elworthy unlucky to have an effort blocked in the 37th minute while Anto Dolan missed the target just before the break.

In first half injury time home keeper Vanja Milinković-Savić made a save from Conor Masterson to keep his side in front.

Anto Breslin had a shot blocked one minutes into the second half and Milinković-Savić denied Masterson once more in the 54th minute.

Shelbourne midfielder Adam McDonnell drew another save from the home keeper two minutes later as the Irish pressed for the equaliser.

The Irish did eventually level when substitute Robbie Duggan found the net after a quick counterattack. It seemed that it was game on at that point.

The game flowed from end to end with both defences tested before Kane's 75th minute dismissal handed the home side the initiative. Despite stout defending from the Irish ten men the last gasp winner handed the Serbs the three points.

Ireland meet Germany in their second game on Friday afternoon. The Germans beat Georgia 4-0 today.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Moran, Breslin, Kane, McCourt, McDonnell (Duggan 57), Elworthy, Poynton, Masterson, Holland, Whelan, Dolan (Kinsella 49).

SERBIA: Milinković-Savić, Mijailović, Zlatković (Šarenac 59), Zličić, Stojanović, Tufegdžić (Karišić 41), Špoljarić, Jović, Glavčić, Šaponjić, Mitrović (Janković 78).


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Serbia 2 Republic of Ireland 1, Stara Pazova (SRB)

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