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20.03.2019 at 12:00 Kuban Stadium, Krasnodar, Attendance:
Romania 0 - 5 Rep of Ireland Under 19
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN) European Qualifier Elite Stage-match

None Claudio Petrila 57 (o.g.)
Jonathan Afolabi
Will Smallbone
Jonathan Afolabi (7)
Will Smallbone (11)
Opening squads
Cristea (GK)
Brian Maher
Andy Lyons
Kameron Ledwidge
Oisin Mc Entee
Jack James
Will Ferry
Aaron Bolger
Jason Knight
Will Smallbone
Ali Reghba
Jonathan Afolabi
George Mc Mahon
Tom Gaston
Mark Mc Guiness
Conor Grant
Niall Morahan
Luca Connell
Tyreik Wilson
Festy Ebosele
Richard O Farrell
Alex (in) - Andrei-Marius Rus (out) 12 mins,
Antonio Sefer (in) - Antonio Manolache (out)32 mins,
Andrei Banyoi (in) - Leonardo Mitruscsak (out) 58 mins,
Rareş Ispas (in) - Sorin Serban (out) 58 mins,
Ovidiu Horsia (in) - Raoul Baicu (out) 79 mins,
Richard O Farrell -> Ali Reghba (71)
Luca Connell -> Will Smallbone (71)
Tyreik Wilson -> Will Ferry (80)
Mark Mc Guiness -> Jack James (80)
Tom Gaston -> Andy Lyons (84)
Yellow cards
Vladimir Screciu 51 mins,
Marco Ehmann 82 mins
Aaron Bolger (40)
Andy Lyons (61)
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 Under-19s began their UEFA Under-19 European Championship Elite Round campaign with an outstanding 5-0 win over Romania in Krasnodar, Russia.
20th Mar 2019

Two goals each from Jonathan Afolabi and Will Smallbone, along with a Romanian own-goal gave Tom Mohan’s side a valuable three points and a healthy goal difference, in a group where only one team qualifies for this summer’s Finals in Armenia.

Mohan’s side started the game fantastically, with both Afolabi and Smallbone finding the back of the new inside the opening 11-minutes.

From there it was all one-way traffic with the duo scoring again early in the second-half either side of an own-goal from Romanian winger Claudiu Petrila.

With 20-minutes left to go, Brian Maher saved a penalty from Romania’s Vladimir Screciu after Raoul Baicu was fouled in the box, to ensure Ireland finished the game with a clean sheet.

Speaking after the game, Mohan was delighted to get the win, and start the Elite Round in an emphatic manner.

"The team did very well today. We were clinical with our chances early on. It was a very mature performance from the team in both halves", Mohan revealed.

"Romania weren't as easy opponents as the 5-0 scoreline suggests. They were very difficult to play against"

The Under-19s return to action on Saturday, with a match against Azerbaijan at 9am, and Mohan is expecting a tough clash.

"We have to park our own game now and focus on Azerbaijan. It's a big game for us. We can build on today's performance, but there are areas to improve in."

Republic of Ireland: Brian Maher; Andy Lyons (Tom Gaston 84), Oisin McEntee, Jack James (Mark McGuinness 80), Kameron Ledwidge; Jason Knight, Will Smallbone (Richard O’Farrell 71), Aaron Bolger (capt); Ali Reghba (Luca Connell 71), Jonathan Afolabi, Will Ferry (Tyreik Wright 80)

Romania: Andrei Cristea; Andrei-Marius Rus (Antonio Sefer 32), Vladimir Screciu, Marco Ehmann, Sorin Serban (Rares Ispas 58); Raoul Baicu (Ovidiu Horsia 79), Radu Chiriac, Antonio Manolache (capt) (Alexandru Tirlea 32), Claudiu Petrila; Valentin Mihăilă, Leonardo Mitruscsak (Andrei Banyoi 58)

Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)

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