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11.11.2018 at 15:00 Tallaght Stadium Attendance:
Rep of Ireland 2 - 3 Czech Rep
Referee: Ivar Orri Kristjansson (Iceland). Tournament-match

Sean Kennedy (45)
Pech 29 ins;
Silhart 63 mins
Pech 80+10 mins
Opening squads
Harry Halwax
Cian Kelly
Alex Dunne
Kyle Martin-Conway
Thomas Considine
Anselmo Garcia Mc Nulty
Sean Kennedy
Matthew Healy
Seamus Keogh
Matt Everitt
Joshua Giurgi
Luke Turner
Festy Ebosele
Conor Carty
Ronan Mc Kinley
Conor Carty -> Alex Dunne
Ronan Mc Kinley -> Kyle Martin-Conway (46)
Festy Ebosele -> Joshua Giurgi (46)
Conor Carty -> Matt Everitt (46)
Luke Turner -> Cian Kelly (63)
Sejk for Toula 82 mins;
Kozeluh for Silhart 82 mins;
Hronik for Hajek 90 mins
Yellow cards
None. None
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
The Republic of Ireland Under-17s went down 3-2 to the Czech Republic at a rain-sodden Tallaght Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
11th Nov 2018

After a bright opening, the visitors took the lead just before the half hour mark. David Pech glided past two would be tacklers to fire across goalkeeper Harry Halwax into the bottom corner.

Head Coach Colin O’Brien made three changes at the break and within five minutes of the restart his side were in front.

First Real Betis centre-half Anselmo Garcia MacNulty volleyed home a Festy Ebosele corner. That was followed up two minutes later with a fantastic finish from Sean Kennedy after impressive build up play from Ebosele once again.

Czech Republic levelled matters once again in the 63rd minute when Filip Silhart sent Halwax the wrong way from the penalty spot.

With 10 minutes added on at the end of the second half due to a lengthy stoppage, there was still plenty of time for both sides to try find a winner. That chance duly came for the visitors on the break with David Pech finishing from close range to give the Czechs the win.

\"It’s a little bit of a different approach for this tournament. One of the key objectives this week is to make sure everyone gets game-time – and that’s what we’ve done in the first two games,\" Ireland Head Coach O’Brien said after the game.

“We were a bit tentative and nervy at times in the first half. Second half was much improved, better quality, we created better opportunities and scored two good goals. The result was very disappointing but there is a bigger picture to this tournament for us.”

Ireland are back in action on Wednesday afternoon when they take on Germany at Tallaght Stadium.

Republic of Ireland: Halwax; Dunne, Kelly (Turner 63), Garcia-MacNulty, Considine; Keogh (C), Martin-Conway (McKinley 46), Giurgi (Ebosele 46), Healy, Kennedy; Everitt (Carty 46).

Czech Republic: Tuma; Porc, Hellebrand, Sklenar, Stary; Pech, Kopacek, Lukavsky, Hajek (Hronik 90), Silhart(Kozeluh 82); Toula (Sejk 82).

Referee: Ivar Orri Kristjansson (Iceland).
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