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08.02.2005 at 00:00 La Manga Attendance:
Norway 0 - 3 Rep of Ireland Under 19
Referee: Tournament-match

None Billy Clarke (43)
Andrew Keogh (50)
Leon Best (85)
Opening squads
Darren Randolph
Richard Keogh
Gary Dicker
Dave Elebert
James Hand
Darron Gibson
Travis Binnion
Jon P Kelly
Andrew Keogh
Billy Clarke
Ian Morris
James Simmons
Jonathan Hayes
Leon Best
None James Simmons -> Jon P Kelly
Leon Best -> Billy Clarke
Jonathan Hayes -> Andrew Keogh
Yellow cards
None None.
Red cards
None None.
Match report | Preview
The Republic of Ireland Under 19s kicked off the La Manga Tournament with a 3-0 victory over Norway on Tuesday.

After dominating the first half, Ireland finally took the lead in the 43rd minute when James Hand’s burst to the by-line caused panic in the Norway defence before he swung over a low cross for Billy Clarke to fire home.

A second goal arrived from James Simmons after a fine through ball by Andy Keogh broke the Norwegian offside trap five minutes into the second half before a third arrived five minutes from time when Leon Best flicked on a long clearance by Darren Randolph for John Hayes to finish convincingly.

Manager Sean McCaffrey said: “It was a good performance and result against a physically tough team. There was a lot of good individual performances which delighted me.”

Next up for Ireland are the Czech Republic — one of the top teams in Europe at Under 19 level — on Thursday afternoon.

Rep of Ireland: Randolph (Charlton Athletic); Binnion (Sheffield United), Elebert (Preston North End), R Keogh (Stoke City), Gibson (Manchester United), Kelly (Unattached), Morris (Leeds United), A Keogh (Leeds United), Hand (Huddersfield), Dicker (U.C.D), Clarke (Ipswich Town)

Subs used: Simmons (Chelsea) for J.P. Kelly, Best (Southampton) for Clarke, Hayes (Reading) for A Keogh.
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