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15.07.2019 at 15:45 Yerevan Football Academy Attendance:
Rep of Ireland Under 19 1 - 1 Norway
Referee: Nikola Dabanović European Finals-match

Joe Hodge (81)
Erik Botheim 8 mins
Opening squads
Brian Maher
Oisin Mc Entee
Kameron Ledwidge
Lee O Connor
Andy Lyons
Mark Mc Guiness
Jack James
Joe Hodge
Brandon Kavanagh
Ali Reghba
Jonathan Afolabi
Klaesson (GK)
George Mc Mahon
Ciaran Brennan
Conor Grant
Andrew Omobamidele
Barry Coffey
Niall Morahan
Matt Everitt
Festy Ebosele
Christiansen (GK)
Matt Everitt -> Jack James (61)
Andrew Omobamidele -> Kameron Ledwidge (90)
Noah Jean Holm (in) - Erik Botheim (out)65 mins
Mikael Ugland (in) - Markus Solbakken (out) 79 mins
Yellow cards
Joe Hodge (33)
Jonathan Afolabi (54)
Lee O Connor (90)
Stenevik 54 mins,
Holm 87 mins,
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
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The heat in Yerevan proved to be a major factor for both teams with figures soaring to 34 degrees before kick-off. While there were two cooling breaks, it was still a struggle for the players.

Yet, it was Norway who started on a more lively note and took the lead inside eight minutes when Erik Botheim finished from close range after Ireland failed to deal with a cross into the penalty area.

It took a little while for Tom Mohan's side to get going, but once they did the football that they played was swift and clever. They used the width of the pitch well, connected passes, and made threatening runs forward.

Twice, in the first half, Ali Reghba broke forward on the right side and deserved to either score or set up a goal. Both times he feel just short, as did Jonathan Afolabi when trying to pick out a teammate with a cross.

In the second period, Ireland were the more aggressive and productive of the two teams. Afolabi proved to be a real handful for the Norway defence and he almost produced a wonder goal with a left-footed strike from distance.

Hodge and captain Lee O'Connor worked hard in midfield to stifle Norway, but they also tried to push things forward as much as possible. Their reward came on 81 minutes when Hodge fed a ball out to Reghba, who beat his man and crossed into the penalty area only for it to be cleared out to the waiting Hodge, who expertly fired in a low shot.

It was a superb finish from the 16-year-old and ensured that Ireland earned a crucial point - even if Norway rattled the Irish woodwork as the clock ticked into injury-time.

Norway: K Klaesson; E Sandberg, C Rosler, J Fredriksen; H Stenevik (M Pedersen 90), J Hove, M Solbakkken (M Ugland 79), E Tagseth; J Kitolano; J Larsen, E Botheim (NJ Holm 65).

Republic of Ireland: B Maher; A Lyons, M McGuinness, O McEntee, J James (M Everitt 61); L O'Connor, J Hodge; A Reghba, B Kavanagh, K Ledwidge (Andrew Omobamidele 90); J Afolabi.

Referee: N Dabanovic (Montenegro)
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