Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Azerbaijan | 2017 - UEFA Under 21 | 2022407

UEFA Under-21 Championship | Tallaght Stadium, Dublin
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Ireland U21: Crucial 96th minute winner for King's men

Late, late drama in Tallaght Stadium.
27th Mar 2018

A 96th minute goal from Shaun Donnellan gave Ireland a crucial win in their European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Round match in Tallaght Stadium.

Shaun Donnellan got on the end of Ryan Manning’s inviting free kick to scramble home a priceless winner for Noel King’s side.

Up until that point Ireland had been frustrated by the visitors, with Kamran Ibrahimov in fine form in the Azerbaijan goal.

In the opening half, Derry City attacker Ronan Curtis looked lively throughout and his strike on goal could only be parried by Kamran Ibrahimov in the Azeri goal. The onrushing Reece Grego-Cox was first to the breaking ball but Ibrahimov smoothered his close range effort.

Ireland came flying out of the blocks in the second period. Jake Mulraney was unlucky to see his appeals for a penalty waved away while Ryan Manning’s 25 yard free kick was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Ibrahimov.

Noel King’s side continued to press with Shaun Donnellan and Ronan Hale seeing their shots on goal block by last ditch defending.

However, following a free kick won after Olamide Shodipo was upended out wide, Manning delivered for Donnellan to send the Tallaght Stadium crowd wild.

Republic of Ireland: O’Hara; Whelan, Donnellan, Sweeney, Kane (Hale 82); Rice, Cullen, Manning; Mulraney (Shodipo 56), Grego-Cox, Curtis (Quigley 89).
Substitutes: Bossin (GK), Dimaio, Kinsella, Hale, Quigley, Delaney.

Azerbaijan: Ibrahimov; Krivotsyuk, Sarkarov, Mustafazade, Tashgin; Koekcue (Shahverdiyev 57), Nasirov (Muradov 64), Hajiyev, Aliyev, Madatov; Sheydaev.
Substitutes: Seyidakhmedov (GK), Shavverdiyev, Muradov, Azizov, Maharramli, Buludov.

Ireland U21: Rice and O'Hara return for Azerbaijan

Trio of Rice, Cullen and O'Hara set to feature on Tuesday night
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27th Mar 2018

Republic of Ireland Under 21s Head Coach Noel King is delighted to have Declan Rice available for when his side face Azerbaijan at Tallaght Stadium on Tuesday evening (KO 19.30).

Rice has returned to the U21 squad following his Man of the Match performance for the senior team against Turkey last Friday, along with goalkeeper Kieran O'Hara.

Striker Reece Grego-Cox, who scored a hat-trick against Israel last October, and winger Jake Mulraney, who scored against Norway in November, have also joined up with the squad following club commitments.

King said: "It’s a game we’re all looking forward to. We had a fantastic win over Iceland last week and that has really built the confidence ahead of this game. 

“We’ve had a great campaign so far and we need to keep it up. The squad is looking good. It’s great to have Declan Rice back for the game as he has already proven during the campaign what a crucial member of the squad he is. 

“We’ve also had the likes of Reece (Grego-Cox) and Jake (Mulraney) join the squad later in the week so we’re really confident going into the match." 

The U21s will be looking to continue their impressive qualifying performance so far when they take on Azerbaijan at Tallaght Stadium in a crucial UEFA U21 European Championship qualifier.

Ireland go into the game third in the Group 5, level on points with second-placed Kosovo but with two games in hand. A win at Tallaght Stadium will put them within two points of leaders Germany, ahead of games against Kosovo and Germany in September.

King continued: "If I was a football person in Dublin tomorrow night, it is only a fiver and it is free for children, I’d be coming straight up. 

"A chance to go and watch the next generation, the likes of Josh Cullen, Kieran O’Hara and Declan Rice, in a crucial qualifying match, I’d be straight up to Tallaght Stadium tomorrow. 

"The team have had a great campaign so far and deserve the support. We’re right in the mix for qualification and need to make sure we get a crucial three points."

Tickets for the Azerbaijan game are priced at just €5 for adults. It is FREE for U16s, OAPs and FAI and Shamrock Rovers Season Ticket Holders and tickets are available via Ticketmaster and on the gate at Tallaght Stadium.

TEAM NEWS: Midfielder Jake Doyle Hayes has left the squad due to injury and goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher has returned to his club following Kieran O'Hara's return from the senior squad.

Republic of Ireland U21 squad

Goalkeepers: Kieran O'Hara (Manchester United), Liam Bossin (Nottingham Forest)

Defenders: Danny Kane (Cork City), Ryan Sweeney (Stoke City - on loan at Bristol Rovers), Shaun Donnellan (Yeovil Town), Corey Whelan (Liverpool - on loan at Yeovil Town), Liam Kinsella (Walsall), Ryan Delaney (Rochdale AFC)

Midfielders: Josh Cullen (West Ham United), Rory Hale (Derry City), Declan Rice (West Ham United), Connor Dimaio (Unattached)

Forwards: Reece Grego-Cox (Woking FC), Ryan Manning (QPR), Ronan Curtis (Derry City), Joe Quigley (AFC Bournemouth - on loan at Boreham Wood), Jake Mulraney (Inverness CT), Olamide Shodipo (QPR - on loan at Colchester United), Ronan Hale (Birmingham City - on loan at Derry City)

Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

1 O'Hara (G) 2 Whelan 3 Kane 4 Sweeney 5 Donnellan 6 Rice 7 Cullen (C) 9 Grego-Cox 10 Manning 11 Curtis 13 Mulraney

Azerbaijan

12 Ibrahimov (G) 2 Tashgin 3 Krivotsyuk 4 Mustafazade (C) 5 Sarkarov 6 Aliyev 8 Nasirov 9 Sheydaev 10 Madatov 17 Koekcue 23 Hajiyev

Substitutes

  • 1 Adbulla Seyidakhmedov (G)
  • 7 Ehtiram Shahverdiyev
  • 11 Rovlan Muradov
  • 14 Zija Azizov
  • 16 Rafael Maharramli
  • 20 Omar Buludov
  • 21 Ilkin Muradov

Officials

  • Referee Filip Glova
  • Assistant Referee Peter Kováč
  • Assistant Referee Jan Pozor
  • 4th Referee Pavol Chmura
  • Uefa Delegate Léon Schelings
  • Referee Observer Robert Sedlacek
  • Patrick Whelan

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 2" Budag Nasirov (Azerbaijan) is penalised for a foul on Declan Rice (Republic of Ireland).
  • 3" Budag Nasirov (Azerbaijan) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ryan Sweeney (Republic of Ireland).
  • 4" Jake Mulraney (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 6" Mahir Madatov (Azerbaijan) is penalised for a foul on Danny Kane (Republic of Ireland).
  • 6" Reece Grego-Cox (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 9" Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 11" Ramil Sheydaev (Azerbaijan) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland).
  • 13" Budag Nasirov (Azerbaijan) misses the target.
  • 14" Shaun Donnellan (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 14" Gismat Aliyev (Azerbaijan) takes the free-kick.
  • 14" Gismat Aliyev (Azerbaijan) has an attempt on goal.
  • 14" Kieran O'Hara (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 15" Gismat Aliyev (Azerbaijan) takes the corner.
  • 17" Ozan Can Koekcue (Azerbaijan) is penalised for a foul on Joshua Cullen (Republic of Ireland).
  • 19" Sertan Tashgin (Azerbaijan) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland).
  • 20" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 21" Hajiaga Hajiyev (Azerbaijan) is penalised for a foul on Joshua Cullen (Republic of Ireland).
  • 21" Hajiaga Hajiyev (Azerbaijan) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 22" Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 23" Anton Krivotsyuk (Azerbaijan) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Reece Grego-Cox (Republic of Ireland).
  • 29" Ryan Sweeney (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 31" Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Sertan Tashgin (Azerbaijan).
  • 32" Reece Grego-Cox (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Elvin Sarkarov (Azerbaijan).
  • 32" Jake Mulraney (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 38" Hajiaga Hajiyev (Azerbaijan) is penalised for a foul on Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland).
  • 39" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 39" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 44" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 44" Kamran Ibrahimov (Azerbaijan) blocks a shot.
  • 44" Reece Grego-Cox (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 44" Kamran Ibrahimov (Azerbaijan) blocks a shot.
  • 45+3" Corey Whelan (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ozan Can Koekcue (Azerbaijan).
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 48" Reece Grego-Cox (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 51" Reece Grego-Cox (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Anton Krivotsyuk (Azerbaijan).
  • 52" Budag Nasirov (Azerbaijan) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jake Mulraney (Republic of Ireland).
  • 53" Joshua Cullen (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 56" Mahir Madatov (Azerbaijan) misses the target.
  • 56" Olamide Shodipo (in) - Jake Mulraney (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 57" Anton Krivotsyuk (Azerbaijan) is penalised for a foul on Olamide Shodipo (Republic of Ireland).
  • 57" Ehtiram Shahverdiyev (in) - Ozan Can Koekcue (out) (Azerbaijan)
  • 58" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 58" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 58" Kamran Ibrahimov (Azerbaijan) blocks a shot.
  • 58" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 59" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 60" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 60" Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 65" Ilkin Muradov (in) - Budag Nasirov (out) (Azerbaijan)
  • 68" Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Hajiaga Hajiyev (Azerbaijan).
  • 69" Olamide Shodipo (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 70" Ramil Sheydaev (Azerbaijan) is penalised for a foul on Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland).
  • 71" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 71" Ryan Sweeney (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 71" Gismat Aliyev (Azerbaijan) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland).
  • 72" Olamide Shodipo (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 73" Reece Grego-Cox (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 74" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Ilkin Muradov (Azerbaijan).
  • 74" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 75" Gismat Aliyev (Azerbaijan) is booked.
  • 76" Anton Krivotsyuk (Azerbaijan) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland).
  • 76" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 77" Hajiaga Hajiyev (Azerbaijan) fouls.
  • 78" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 78" Joshua Cullen (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 79" Declan Rice (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 81" Gismat Aliyev (Azerbaijan) delivers the corner.
  • 82" Ronan Hale (in) - Danny Kane (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 83" Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Hajiaga Hajiyev (Azerbaijan).
  • 84" Gismat Aliyev (Azerbaijan) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Joshua Cullen (Republic of Ireland).
  • 85" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 85" Kamran Ibrahimov (Azerbaijan) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 86" Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 86" Omar Buludov (in) - Ramil Sheydaev (out) (Azerbaijan)
  • 87" Gismat Aliyev (Azerbaijan) is penalised for a foul on Reece Grego-Cox (Republic of Ireland).
  • 87" Ilkin Muradov (Azerbaijan) misses the target.
  • 89" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 89" Joseph Quigley (in) - Ronan Curtis (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 90+2" Shaun Donnellan (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 90+3" Ehtiram Shahverdiyev (Azerbaijan) has a shot blocked.
  • 90+4" Ronan Hale (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 90+5" Gismat Aliyev (Azerbaijan) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ronan Hale (Republic of Ireland).
  • 90+5" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 90+8" Ilkin Muradov (Azerbaijan) fouls.
  • 90+8" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 90+9" Shaun Donnellan (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 90+9" Shaun Donnellan (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • The final whistle is blown.