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04.05.2017 at 15:30 Stadion Žuknica, Kostrena Attendance:
Serbia 1 - 0 Rep of Ireland
Referee: Anastasios Papapetrou (Greece) European Finals-match

Željko Gavrić 72 mins; None.
Opening squads
Gordić (GK)
Aleksandar Kostić
Ivan Ilić
Jovan Pavlović
Marko Janković
Željko Gavrić
Filip Stuparević
Armin Djerlek
Mihajlo Nešković
Dimitrije Kamenović
Milutin Vidosavljević
Brian Maher
Luke Nolan
Nathan Collins
Kameron Ledwidge
Richard O Farrell
Aaron Bolger
Callum Thompson
Rowan Roache
Gavin Kilkenny
Jordan Doherty
Adam Idah
Aleksa Milojević (G)
Zlatan Šehović
Svetozar Marković
Vanja Zvekanov
Jovan Kokir
Slobodan Tedić
Mateja Zuvić
Kian Clarke
Lee O Connor
Joe Redmond
Brandon Kavanagh
Daryl Walsh
Tyriek Wright
Aaron Connolly
Slobodan Tedić (in) - Milutin Vidosavljević (out)37 mins;
Jovan Kokir (in) - Mihajlo Nešković (out) 60 mins;
Mateja Zuvić (in) - Armin Djerlek (out) 70 mins;
Aaron Connolly -> Gavin Kilkenny (41)
Tyriek Wright -> Callum Thompson (64)
Brandon Kavanagh -> Adam Idah (78)
Yellow cards
Ivan Ilić 40+1 mins
Mateja Zuvić 73 mins
Jordan Doherty (31)
Kameron Ledwidge (46)
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
Disappointment for Ireland Under 17’s in their UEFA European Under 17 Championship opener in Croatia as a late goal saw them beaten 1-0 by Serbia.
Ireland U17
4th May 2017

Colin O’Brien’s side went down to the Serbs in Kostrena as Zeljko Gavrić’s header eight minutes from time gave Serbia a vital three points.

Serbia had the lions share of possession in the opening period, with Ireland looking dangerous on the counter attack. Rowan Roache had Ireland’s best effort of the first half forcing Milos Gordic into a flying save from his 30 yard free kick.

Aaron Connolly was introduced by O’Brien at the interval and had an immediate impact. Connolly turned Aleksander Kostic inside out before a lunge by the Serbian defender took Ireland’s top scorer down. Referee Anastasios Papapetrou, however, waved away the furious appeals for a penalty from the Ireland players and supporters.

Connolly again went close to breaking the deadlock after 65 minutes. Serbia could only half clear a long ball over the top. Connolly found space 20 yards from goal and his right footed effort came back off the post.

Disaster struck for Ireland late in the game when Zeljko Gavrić met Mateja Zuvic’s corner to head the ball clinically into the far corner.

Ireland continued to press but ultimately couldn’t restore parity with Sunday’s game against Bosnia & Herzegovina now more important than ever.

Speaking after the game, Ireland Head Coach Colin O’Brien said, “Overall I think a draw would have been a fair result. In the first half we were probably second best, but we were still in the game. We were a bit too tentaive in the early stages until we settled a bit towards the end of the half.

“Second half, for the first 20 minutes, I thought we were very, very good. We got into some positive positions and I think we should have had a penalty. Then we got done by a set play late in the game.

“It’s this group’s first defeat since the beginning of the qualifying campaign. It’s important we stay together and work out a plan for Sunday’s game. That game has become really important because if we are going to try and progress in the tournament we are going to have to win.”

Serbia: 1. Gordić (GK); 2. Kostić, 4. Ilić, 6. Pavlović, 7 Janković, 8. Gavrić, 9. Stuparević , 10. Djerlek (C) (Zuvic 69’), 11. Nešković (Kokir 60), 16. Kamenović, 17. Vidosavljević (Tedic 36’)

Republic of Ireland: 1. Maher (GK); 3. Ledwidge, 4. Doherty (C), 5. Collins, 7. Nolan; 6. Bolger, 8. Thompson (Wright 64’), 9. Roache; 14. O'Farrell 10. Idah (Kavanagh 78’), 17. Kilkenny (Connolly 46’)

Referee: Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE)

Assistant referees: Jevgenijs Morozovs (LVA), Idan Yarkoni (ISR)

Fourth official: Tihomir Pejin (CRO)

Attendance – 482

Republic of Ireland Under 17 Squad - UEFA European Under 17 Championship

Goalkeepers: Brian Maher (St Patrick’s Athletic), Kian Clarke (Bohemians)

Defenders: Lee O’Connor (Manchester United), Kameron Ledwidge (St Kevin’s Boys), Nathan Collins (Cherry Orchard), Jordan Doherty (Sheffield United), Daryl Walsh (Waterford FC), Joe Redmond (Birmingham City)

Midfielders: Aaron Bolger (Shamrock Rovers), Luke Nolan (St Patrick’s Athletic), Brandon Kavanagh (Bohemians), Richard O’Farrell (St Patrick’s Athletic), Gavin Kilkenny (Bournemouth), Callum Thompson (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Forwards: Rowan Roache (Blackpool), Adam Idah (College Corinthians), Aaron Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Tyreik Wright (Lakewood AFC)


Thursday, 4 May: Republic of Ireland 0-1 Serbia. Stadium Kostrena

Sunday 7 May: Republic of Ireland v Bosnia & Herzegovina, Stadium Kostrena, Kostrena, KO 15:30 Irish Time

Wednesday, 10 May: Republic of Ireland v Germany, Stadium Rujevica, Rijeka, KO 11:00 Irish Time, LIVE on Eurosport 1
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