13.05.2015 at 19:00 Beroe, Stara Zagora
1 - 0
Rep of Ireland
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (Poland)
Jay Da Silva,
Danny Collinge (Suliman 49),
Ike Ugbo (Mavididi 72),
Layton Ndukwu (Willock 41),
Robbie Mc Court
Corey O Keeffe
Tom Mohan's side produced another disciplined display but ultimately failed to convert their chances before being undone by a stunning goal from Tottenham's Marcus Edwards in the 71st minute.
Ireland started brightly and in the fifth minute JJ Lunney's corner found Josh Barrett at the back post but he headed into the side-netting.
After missing the target with a couple of long range frees, England came close to opening the scoring in the 13th minute when Ike Ugbo had a shot deflected narrowly wide.
In the 20th minute Luke Wade-Slater fed Barrett the Reading striker fired across goal but no Irish player was in a position to get a touch.
Eight minutes later an England corner was headed towards goal by Reece Oxford but Irish keeper Caoimhin Kelleher saved well.
Less than 60 seconds later Ugbo burst through on goal but he shot wide with only Kelleher to beat.
Ireland had a half-chance in the 32nd minute when Robbie McCourt made an excellent run before setting up Barrett but keeper Paul Woolston was out quickly to save at his feet.
England had a big chance one minute later when Ugbo had a shot cleared off the line by an Irish defender.
In the 34th minute a Nathan Holland shot from the edge of the box produced a brilliant Kelleher save before Corey O'Keeffe cleared as Ugbo tries to react to the rebound.
Four minutes into the second half Ireland had an excellent chance to open the scoring. Anthony Scully had a powerful shot saved by the keeper the rebound came to JJ Lunney but Woolston was up quickly to make a save and a defender cleared the danger.
In the 50th minute England sub Chris Willock fired in a low shot which was comfortably held by Kelleher and in the 62th Zach Elbouzedi created a chance for Ireland when he fired the ball across goal but again nobody could get a touch.
The decisive moment came with the Edwards goal in the 71st minute. The playmaker showed great skill to carve out a shot from just outside the box and it flew to the roof of the Irish net.
Substitute Jamie Aherne did well to get on the ball and get in a low shot on the turn in the 77th minute but it was well gathered by keeper Woolston.
Two minutes into injury-time Stephy Mavididi burst through on goal but somehow blazed his shot wide with just Kelleher to beat.
In the dying moments Aherne fired over from outside the box after a brilliant run by Elbouzedi and the final whistle blew soon afterwards. Italy also progressed with England after drawing 1-1 with Netherlands in the other Group D fixture.
"We were beaten by a very good England side but I'm proud of how we played and the effort the players put in," said Mohan.
"The goal was a touch of class and unfortunately for us we couldn't convert the opportunities that came our way.
"It's been a great journey for everybody involved from the players to the staff and I believe we've all learned from it. We've shown people that Irish teams can play good football and with a bit of luck we might well have got out of our group."
ENGLAND: Woolston, Yates, Da Silva, Oxford, Collinge (Suliman 49), Holland, Wright, Ugbo (Mavididi 72), Edwards, Ndukwu (Willock 41), Kane.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Kelleher, O'Keeffe, McCourt, Masterson, Leahy, Agyei-Tabi, Levingston (Elbouzedi 58), Lunney, Ronan, Barrett (Aherne 75),Wade-Slater (Scully 34).
Thursday, May 7
Republic of Ireland 0-0 Netherlands, Sozopol Stadium, Sozopol (BUL)
Sunday, May 10
Republic of Ireland 0-2 Italy, Beroe, Stara Zagora (BUL)
Wednesday, May 13
England 1-0 Republic of Ireland, Beroe, Stara Zagora (BUL)