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21.03.2018 at 17:30 Chrobry Glogów, Glogów Attendance:
Macedonia 0 - 3 Rep of Ireland
Referee: Boris Marhefka (SVK) EC Elite Round-match

None Adam Idah (57)
Sean Brennan (62)
Tyriek Wright (69)
Opening squads
Matej Andov;
Bozhidar Mitrevski,
Vane Tasevski,
Suad Jonuzi ,
Georgije Jankulov;
Dimitar Todorovski,
Emil Skoko;
Kire Trpchevski (capt),
Jeton Dauti,
Ersan Hajdari;
Suhejlj Muharem
Kian Clarke
Max Murphy
Nathan Collins
Kameron Ledwidge
Callum Thompson
Tyriek Wright
Jason Knight
Sean Brennan
Barry Coffey
Luca Connell
Adam Idah
Vildan Uka (G)
Marko Alchevski (G)
Kristijan Trpchevski
Gorast Stojmenov
Vlada Novevski
Kushtrim Tairi
Arbi Vosha
Jimmy Corcoran
Conor Grant
Oisin Mc Entee
Ray O Sullivan
James Furlong
Adam O Reilly
Marc Walsh
Troy Parrott
Jordan Mc Eneff
Kushtrim Tairi (in) - Suhejlj Muharem (out) 41 mins,
Arbi Vosha (in) - Dimitar Todorovski (out) 60 mins,
Kristijan Trpchevski (in) - Suad Jonuzi (out) 73 mins,
Troy Parrott -> Callum Thompson (52)
Adam O Reilly -> Barry Coffey (70)
Jordan Mc Eneff -> Troy Parrott (74)
Yellow cards
None Luca Connell (10)
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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Scoreless at the break, Ireland took the lead through an Adam Idah penalty in the 57th-minute. The goal was the striker's eighth of the campaign so far.

After finding it difficult to break down a resolute Macedonian defence for almost an hour, Ireland scored two more goals in quick succession through Sean Brennan and Tyriek Wright.

Speaking after the match, Head Coach Colin O'Brien was pleased with the team's second-half performance.

"Macedonia didn't concede any goals in the Qualifying Round, and have a very good defence. We were second best for a lot of the first half.

"We improved in the second half and moved the ball quicker. The players responded at half time. Adam's penalty was well taken, while Sean and Tyriek's goals were very good goals too.

"Despite the win, the group is still wide open. The focus is now on the Georgian game."

O'Brien's side are now two points clear at the top of Group 3 after hosts Poland and Georgia drew 2-2. The team return to action on Saturday against Georgia. That game kicks off at 4.30pm Irish time.

Republic of Ireland: Kian Clarke; Max Murphy, Nathan Collins (capt), Kameron Ledwidge, Luca Connell; Callum Thompson (Troy Parrott 52 (Jordan McEneff 74)), Barry Coffey (Adam O'Reilly 70), Jason Knight, Tyreik Wright; Adam Idah, Sean Brennan

Macedonia: Matej Andov; Bozhidar Mitrevski, Vane Tasevski, Suad Jonuzi (Kristijan Trpchevski 73), Georgije Jankulov; Dimitar Todorovski (Arbi Vosha 60), Emil Skoko; Kire Trpchevski (capt), Jeton Dauti, Ersan Hajdari; Suhejlj Muharem (Kushtrim Tairi 41)

Referee: Boris Marhefka (SVK)
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