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10.10.2021 at 19:00 Turners Cross Attendance:
Rep of Ireland 2 - 0 Macedonia
Referee: Adam Ladeback (Sweden) EC Qualifying Round-match

Rocco Vata (31)
Mark O Mahony (73)
Opening squads
Conor Walsh
Sam Curtis
Cathal Heffernan
Luke Browne
Luke O Brien
James Mc Manus
Justin Ferizaj
Rocco Vata
Mark O Mahony
Trent Kone Doherty
Kevin Zefi
Gjorgievski (Sulejman 88), Tairi;
Fintan Doherty
Daniel Kelly
Ruadhan Kane
Darius Lipsiuc
Gavin Hodgins
Alex Nolan
Liam Murray
Franco Umeh
Caden Mc Loughlin
Franco Umeh -> Trent Kone Doherty (71)
Caden Mc Loughlin -> Rocco Vata (80)
Alex Nolan -> Kevin Zefi (89)
Sulejamn for Gjorgievski 88 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 have secured their progression to the UEFA Under-17 European Championship qualifying Elite Round with a game to spare as they deservedly defeated a tough North Macedonia side 2-0 at Turner’s Cross on Sunday.
12th Oct 2021

In front of 925 local fans, a thunderbolt from Rocco Vata in the first half following by a supremely confident finish from Mark O’Mahony in the second period ensured the young Boys in Green made it two wins out of two to ease through to the next stage of the qualifiers ahead of their top of the group decider with Poland on Wednesday afternoon.

Head Coach Colin O’Brien made two changes to his starting eleven that impressively defeated Andorra 5-0 at this venue on Thursday night with O’Mahony and Trent Kone Doherty coming into the attack in place of Franco Umeh and Caden McLoughlin.

North Macedonia showed in their hard-fought 0-0 with a talented Poland side that same afternoon that they weren’t going to be an easy side to break down.

Ireland dominated proceedings but they found clear-cut goalscoring opportunities difficult to come by with the brilliant Kevin Zefi, Kone Doherty, and Justin Ferizaj all trying their luck from distance but neither of the three caused the visiting goalkeeper a real problem.

The hosts needed a moment of inspiration and in the 32nd minute, Rocco Vata provided it as from close to 25 yards, the Celtic playmaker unleashed a stunning strike that flew across the keeper and into the far top left corner to finally give his country the lead.

The visitors grew into the contest as the game progressed but it was the Irish that went closest to scoring the crucial second goal at the beginning of the second 45 but Cork City’s Cathal Heffernan sent a header crashing against the far post.

His clubmates would combine to seal the win in the 73rd minute when the recently introduced Franco Umeh teed up O’Mahony and after his first touch took the ball away from goal, the number nine smartly backheeled it past the keeper from close range.

Republic of Ireland: Walsh; Curtis, Heffernan, Browne, O’Brien; McManus, Vata (McLoughlin 80), Ferizaj; Kone Doherty (Umeh 72), O’Mahony, Zefi (Nolan 89).

North Macedonia: Stojanovikj; Janevski, Stojilevski, Markovski, Arizankoski; Zendelovski, Gjorgievski (Sulejman 88), Tairi; Stojanov, Nazifi, Elmas.

Referee: Adam Ladeback (Sweden).
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