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29.03.2022 at 15:00 Municipal, Santa Comba Dao Attendance:
Bulgaria 2 - 2 Rep of Ireland
Referee: Ion Orlic (Moldova) EC Elite Round-match

Lliev Raychev 13 mins;
Lliev Raychev 41 mins
Rocco Vata (61)
Sam Curtis (75)
Opening squads
Aleks Anastasov Bozhev,
Zahari Atanasov,
Martin Georgiev,
Rosen Marinov,
Mihail Tsonev,
Trung Nguyen Do,
Antoan Stoyanov,
Asen Mitkov,
Roberto Raychev,
Petar Kirev
Borislav Marinov
Fintan Doherty
Sean Mc Hale
Cathal Heffernan
Ivan Savshak
Sam Curtis
Justin Ferizaj
James Mc Manus
Gideon Tetteh
Mark O Mahony
Thomas Bloxham
Kevin Zefi
Velizar-Ilia Svetozarov Iliev (G)
Slavi Dimitrov Chakarov
Simeon Sergeev Vasilev
Konstantin Yavorov Pavlov
Petar Sergeev Gospodinov
Viktor Sergeev Vasilev
Stefan Stefanov Traykov
Nedzhib Samet Hadzha
Alexander Dobromirov Petrov
Ryan Delaney
Dan Mc Hale
Luke O Brien
Adam Murphy
Darius Lipsiuc
Senan Mullen
Rocco Vata
Caden Mc Loughlin
Franco Umeh
Pavlov for Marinov 70 mins,
Hadzha for Mitkov 80 mins;
Vasilev for Raychev 87 mins;
Chakarov for Nguyen Do 87 mins,
Rocco Vata -> Ivan Savshak (46)
Caden Mc Loughlin -> Mark O Mahony (46)
Luke O Brien -> Sean Mc Hale (59)
Franco Umeh -> Gideon Tetteh (59)
Yellow cards
Stoyanov 38 mins,
Marinov 56 mins,
Georgiev 60 mins,
Justin Ferizaj (37)
Luke O Brien (64)
Rocco Vata (66)
Franco Umeh (88)
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 Men’s Under-17s hopes of reaching the UEFA European Under-17 Championships in Israel are officially over as they failed to progress from the Elite Phase following their 2-2 draw with Bulgaria at the Municipal, Santa Comba Dao in Portugal on Tuesday afternoon.
29th Mar 2022

Following defeats to Portugal and Finland in their opening two games in Group 8, Ireland knew that they needed a comprehensive win here and results elsewhere to go their way if they were to qualify for the tournament next month.

But goals from substitute Rocco Vata and Sam Curtis were only enough to earn them a point as they had trailed by two goals at half-time thanks to a brace from Bulgaria’s Roberto Iliev Raychev.

The Irish team dominated for large spells of the first half but they paid the price for a lapse in concentration in the 13th minute when Raychev raced onto a loose back pass before the attacker expertly slotted the ball into the bottom left corner.

And things got even worse for the Boys in Green shortly before the break when Raychev notched his and his side’s second of the game when his perfectly timed run from the right allowed him to hammer home a cross pulled back from the left.

Head Coach Colin O’Brien made a couple of alterations to his side during the interval and it paid dividends just past the hour mark when the recently introduced Rocco Vata powered his header past goalkeeper Aleks Anastasov Bozhev from close-range.

Ireland continued to pile players forward in their numbers and they deservedly grabbed an equaliser in the 75th minute when Sam Curtis drilled his shot past the keeper at his back post.

Ireland battled until the very end as they went in search of a winner but ultimately it just wasn’t to be their day or their tournament.

Republic of Ireland: Doherty; Savshak (Vata 46), Heffernan, Curtis, Martin Sean McHale (O’Brien 59); Tetteh (Umeh 59), Ferizaj, McManus, Zefi; Bloxham, O’Mahony (McLoughlin 46).

Bulgaria: Bozhev; Atanasov, Georgiev, Marinov (Pavlov 70), Tsonev; Do (Chakarov 87), Stoyanov, Mitkov (Hadzha 80); Raychev (Vasilev 87), Kirev, Marinov.

Referee: Ion Orlic (Moldova).
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