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25.09.2015 at 11:00 Harju Sport Center, Lohja Attendance:
Malta 0 - 6 Rep of Ireland
Referee: Vladimir Vnuk (Slovakia) EC Qualifying Round-match

None Michael Cregan (28)
Declan Rice (33)
Declan Rice (39)
Kian Flanagan (53)
Michael Cregan (pen.) (60)
Michael Cregan (74)
Opening squads
Moore, Z.
Jer. Busuttil,
Shaw J.
Jan Busuttil.
Daniel Mc Kenna
Mark Travers
Declan Rice
Tyreke Wilson
Lee O Connor
Michael Cregan
Canice Carroll
Kian Flanagan
James Finnerty
Jayson Molumby
Luke Kiely
Craig Abdilla)
Clivert Sciberras
Miguel Mifsud
Nicholas Farrugia
Neil Frendo
Andrei Spiteri
John Cutajar Neil
Paul Martin
Dara O Shea
Lukas Browning
Callum Nicell
Stephen Mallon
Aidan Keena
Glen Mc Auley
Spiteri for Gatt 41 mins,
Frendo for Magro 56 mins,
Neil for Grech 72 mins,
Callum Nicell -> Luke Kiely (56)
Aidan Keena -> Daniel Mc Kenna (62)
Dara O Shea -> Declan Rice (67)
Yellow cards
Magro 21 mins,
Jer Busuttil 60 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
Match report
Elite Qualifying Round.
26th Sep 2015

Victory against the Maltese coupled with Finland being held to a draw by Sweden means that Mohan's side are guaranteed one of the two automatic qualifying sports to ensure their place in the next phase with a game to spare. The Irish face Sweden in their final group game on Tuesday..

A hat-trick from Stevenage FC's Michael Cregan helped secured the three points Tom Mohan's side. The former St Kevin's Boys striker opened the scoring in the 28th minute after finishing at the near post.

West Ham United's Declan Rice made it 2-0 five minutes later when he turned the ball home from a free-kick routine then found the net once more in the 39th minute after a corner kick to give the Irish a commanding lead at the break.

Crystal Palace midfielder Kian Flanagan put Ireland 4-0 up in the 53rd minute after connecting with a ball in from Rice.

Cregan scored from the penalty spot to grab Ireland's fifth goal on the hour after he had been fouled by Jeremy Busuttil. The striker completed his hat-trick in the 74th minute when he beat the keeper one on one.

"We've done our business and it's nice when sometimes other results do you a favour. You take them when they come," said Mohan.

"The win against Finland set us up. They showed against Sweden that they are a very good side and are building towards hosting the U19s in two years time. Malta were stubborn until the opening goal. We were dominant but were a bit anxious until we had the first few goals.

"I'm absolutely delighted with the players for their efforts and professionalism and the staff who all put in massive work. This was all a group effort.

"We've done so well until now and you want to finish it off on a high with a good performance against Sweden. We have to look at the preparation for the Elite Phase straight away and it'll be an opportunity for all the players to show that they can perform."

MALTA: Moore, Z. Grech, Jer. Busuttil, Camilleri, Magro (Frendo 56), Elouni, Shaw J. Grech (Neil 72), Gatt (Spiteri 41), Bugeja, Jan Busuttil.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Travers, McKenna (Keena 62), Wilson, Rice (O'Shea 67), Carroll, Molumby, O'Connor, Cregan, Finnerty, Flanagan, Kiely (Nicell 56).



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