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10.10.2017 at 13:00 RSC Waterford Attendance:
Rep of Ireland Under 19 2 - 1 Serbia
Referee: Nikola Popov European Qualifier / PROG-match

Lee O Connor (59)
Neil Farugia (70)
L Llic 29 mins,
Opening squads
Mark Travers
Dara O Shea
Canice Carroll
Lee O Connor
Dan Mc Kenna
Thomas O Connor
Aaron Bolger
Tyreke Wilson
Jayson Molumby
Jonathan Afolabi
Neil Farugia
A. Popović (GK)
N. Petrović
L. Ilić
Brian Maher
Jordan Doherty
John Martin
Kian Flanagan
Michael Obafemi
Dekic (GK)
None. L Nikolic for Jovanovic 65 mins,
Jovanovic for Stanojev 74 mins,
Zivkovic for Kojic 82 mins,
Yellow cards
Jonathan Afolabi (45)
N Petrovic 26 mins,
Kojic 35 mins,
Vlakukin 54 mins
Veselinovic 57 mins,
Joveljic 65 mins,
L Llic 86 mins,
Red cards
Aaron Bolger (94)
A Popovic 90+4 mins
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
Republic of Ireland U19 2-1 Serbia U19
10th Oct 2017

The Republic of Ireland Under 19 side have qualified for the UEFA European Championship Elite Round following a 2-1 win over Serbia in Waterford RSC this afternoon.

Tom Mohan’s side topped the group with seven points from nine thanks to today’s come-from-behind win. Ireland now enter the Elite Round as one of the top seeds with progression to the Finals the target for the side.

A tight battle in the RSC came to life as Serbia took the lead in the 29th minute with a brilliantly taken goal. Jayson Molumby was penalised for a tackle on the edge of the area and Luka Ilic stepped up to curl the resultant free kick in off the underside of the crossbar.

Ireland came out after the restart flying and got their reward within 15 minutes as Lee O’Connor headed Tom Mohan’s side level. The pressure continued to mount on the Serbians with Jonathan Afolabi a constant threat.

The comeback was completed in the 70th minute when UCD attacker Neil Farrugia nipped in to put Lee O’Connor’s knockdown past Aleksandar Popovic in the Serbia goal.

Speaking after the game, Ireland Head Coach Tom Mohan was delighted with his team’s performance.

“Serbia are always a top side in underage European football,” he said. “For our boys to go 1-0 down and come back shows the spirit and the character in the group. We dominated the second half, our boys dug in, kept the ball well and converted our chances when we created them. We’re very pleased.

“There is great ability in the group. We are producing good players, no matter what anybody says, and there are plenty of positives to take from the campaign.

“Although we didn’t score in the first game we probably created more chances than any other game. The Cyprus game gave us a massive boost when we needed it and that set us up nicely for today. We are number 1 seeds going into the Elite Round draw and that is hugely positive.”

Ireland: Travers (GK), Carroll, Wilson, O'Shea, T. O'Connor, L. O'Connor, Molumby ©, McKenna, Bolger, Afolabi, Farrugia.

Substitutes: Maher (GK), Flanagan, Obafemi, Doherty, Martin.

Red Card: Aaron Bolger (94')

Serbia: Popovic (GK), Vlalukin, Terzic, Kojic (Zivkovic 82), Vaselinovic, Bosnjak ©, Stanojev (Jovanovic 74), Petrovic, Joveljic, Iiic, Jovanovic (Nikolic 65).

Red Card: Popovic (94')
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