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21.03.2015 at 11:00 Amica, Wronki Attendance:
Greece 2 - 2 Rep of Ireland
Referee: Orkhan Mammadov (Azerbaijan) EC Elite Round-match

Kirtzialidis 50'
Limnios 51'
Trevor Clarke (60)
Josh Barrett (pen.) (73)
Opening squads
Caoimhin Kelleher
Conor Masterson
Trevor Clarke
Darragh Leahy
JJ Lunney
Corey O Keeffe
Conor Ronan
Zachary Elbouzedi
Conor Levingston
Shane Hanney
Josh Barrett
Iakovidis (GK)
Stergios Dodontsakis
Retzino Kaptelli
Giannis Bouzoukis
Nikos Karamitos
Thomas Tsimpoukas
Ioannis Tsingos
Tom Mc Dermott
Luke Wade-Slater
Oisin Connolly
Jamie Ahearne
Avis Ganyliu
Eoghan Stokes
Tsimpoukas for Mingos 64 mins,
Kaptelli for Kirtzialidis 68 mins,
Dodontsakis for Lamprou 80+2 mins
Luke Wade-Slater -> Zachary Elbouzedi (58)
Jamie Ahearne -> Shane Hanney (66)
Yellow cards
None Conor Ronan (78)
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
Republic of Ireland 2-2 Greece

Tom Mohan's side had to show real character after falling two down in the early part of the second half before Josh Barrett eventually levelled with a penalty seven minutes from time.

After a close first half which saw neither goalkeeper overly extended the Irish were caught on the break after a poor pass in midfield was intercepted and Kostas Kirtzialidis burst through to slot the ball past the advancing Caoimhin Kelleher in the 50th minute.

Just a minute later the Greeks were 2-0 up when winger Dimitris Limnios produced a brilliant finish. It looked set for a very disappointing start for the Irish.

However Mohan's charges showed great character to work their way back into the game. Trevor Clarke pulled Ireland back into the tie when he connected with a Josh Barrett cross to steer the ball home.

Barrett then proved his mettle when he fired home from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute after Jamie Aherne had been taken down in the area by goalkeeper Marios Siampanis.

Mohan's side will face Belarus in their second fixture in the group on Monday. The group winners and seven runners-up with the best record against the sides first and third in their section progress to the finals to join the hosts Bulgaria in the 16-team UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals from 6 to 22 May 2015.

“It was an excellent battling display by our sides when they were up against it at 2-0 down,” said Mohan.

“Greece were as we expected – quick and strong. They were on top early on but after ten minutes we settled well and got a grip of the game. There were few real chances for either side in the first half.

“We started ok in the second half but lost a ball from our own free-kick and they went on a punished us. Their second goal was a great strike from Trevor Clarke.

“The boys never gave up and kept forcing Greece back. We created a few chances with Josh Barrett doing very well to create a chance for Trevor Clarke and he finished brilliantly.

“Jamie Aherne won us a penalty and Josh Barrett finished well. To come back from 2-0 down you are always very happy to have shown that character.

“We’ve got to build on our first point and get ready for Belarus on Monday.”

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Kelleher, O'Keeffe, Lunney, Masterson, Leahy, Hanney (Aherne 66), Elbouzedi (Wade-Slater 58), Levingston, Barrett, Ronan, Clarke.

GREECE: Siampanis, Katranis, Evangelou, Nikolaou, Limnios, Lamprou (Dodontsakis 80+2), Mingos (Tsimpoukas 64), Kirtzialidis (Kaptelli 68), Pavlidis, Retsos, Natsos.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

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Monday, March 23, 2015

UEFA U17 Championships Elite Qualifying Round Group 4

Belarus v Republic of Ireland, Amica, Wronki (POL)(11.00am Irish)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Republic of Ireland v Poland, Groclin Dyskobolia, Grodzisk Wielkopolski (POL) (5.00pm Irish)
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