Kosovo 1 - 1 Republic of Ireland | 2019 - UEFA Under-21 Championship | 2022396

UEFA Under-21 ChampionshipQualifying Round | Stadiumi Olimpik Adem Jashari, Mitrovica
7 September 2018 - 19:00 (local time)

Kosovo 1 - 1 Republic of Ireland

Hasani(64) Full-time Curtis(82)
Kosovo Republic of Ireland

Ireland U21: Ronan Curtis stunner secures Kosovo point

Republic of Ireland Under-21s were held to a draw in Mitrovica as Ronan Curtis' 81st-minute strike secured a 1-1 draw against Kosovo.
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7th Sep 2018

The Portsmouth striker scored a fantastic solo effort to level the tie in the final 10 minutes after Florent Hasani opened the scoring for the visitors at the Stadiumi Olimpik Adem Jashari.

In a first-half of few chances for either side, Curtis almost handed Ireland the lead in the ninth minute after he turned inside off the right but his shot went narrowly past the left-hand post.

Dren Feka hit the bar with a powerful header in the 27th minute before Ryan Manning almost gave Noel King's side the lead. The Galway-native charged down goalkeeper Florjan Smakiqi's clearance, but the keeper collected the ball at the second attempt.

The home side should have took the lead five minutes into the second-half. Lirim Kastrasti was a constant threat as he burst down the right to cut inside but dragged his shot wide of the left-hand post. 

Kastrati played a huge part in the goal when the home side took the lead in the 64th minute. The No.9 burst down the wing to play a neat cross to Hasani who turned the ball home.

The goal sparked Ireland into life and almost found an immediate response. With 20 minutes remaining, Manning's left-sided set-piece found Ryan Sweeney but his header was deflected into the keeper's arms. 

It was a true moment of class which brought Ireland level. Former Derry City forward Curtis took the ball down under pressure and drove past two defenders before he unleashed a powerful finish into the bottom right-hand corner. 

Noel King was left frustrated at the final whistle as the away side should have secured all three points. Another set-piece saw Sweeney dominate the air once again to knock down for Harry Charsley but the keeper somehow saved his effort from six-yards out. 

In the final seconds of the game, substitute Jake Mulraney flashed the ball past the six-yard area with Ronan Hale at the back-post. The Derry City man was inches away from turning the ball home as both sides were forced to settle for a draw.

It's a point which sees Ireland maintain second spot in UEFA U21 European Championship qualifying Group Five ahead of Tuesday's game against Germany at Tallaght Stadium. 

"We can be frustrated after the game. I thought the work-rate and the spirit of the players was fantastic, and deserved to get something out of the game. But, if you're looking at the chances at the end, we should have secured all three points," U21 Head Coach Noel King said. 

"It was a fantastic goal from Ronan, he was brilliant through-out the game and I'm delighted for him to get his goal. Kosovo are a really good team and they've taken points off Germany here so it's a positive result. We go into Tuesday's game against Germany with qualification still in our hands."

Striker Ronan Curtis and defender Ryan Sweeney will be suspended for Tuesday's game against Germany due to suspension, having received three yellow cards during the campaign. 

Tickets for Tuesday's qualifier against Germany are available via Ticketmaster. Tickets are just €5 for adults and FREE for U18s and FAI Season Ticket Holders.

Teams

Kosovo: Florjan Smakiqi (GK), Arian Kabashi, Besfort Kolgeci, Ardian Ismajli (C), Dren Feka, Valmir Sulejmani (Kushtrim Shabani 72), Florent Hasani (Mirlind Daku 89), Lirim Kastrati, Ron Broja, Kamer Krasniqi (Merirton Korenica 59), Lirim Mema.

Subs not used: Ardit Nika (GK), Leard Sadriu, Medjon Hoxha, Dilan Qela. 

Republic of Ireland: Kieran O'Hara (GK), Danny Kane (Ronan Hale 75), Corey Whelan, Conor Shaughnessy, Ryan Sweeney, Harry Charsley, Josh Cullen (C), Reece Grego-Cox, Ronan Curtis, Ryan Manning (Jake Mulraney 75), Liam Kinsella.

Subs not used: Liam Bossin (GK), Joe Quigley, Jamie McGrath, Rory Hale, Ryan Delaney. 

Referee: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)

Yellow card(s): Kabashi; Sweeney, Cullen, Curtis.

Tactical Lineups

Kosovo

1 Smakiqi (G) 3 Kabashi 4 Kolgeci 5 Ismajli (C) 6 Feka 7 Sulejmani 8 Hasani 9 Kastrati 10 Broja 20 Krasniqi 22 Mema

Substitutes

  • 12 Ardit Nika (G)
  • 11 Meriton Korenica
  • 13 Leard Sadriu
  • 16 Kushtrim Shabani
  • 18 Medjon Hoxha
  • 19 Mirlind Daku
  • 21 Dilan Qela

Republic of Ireland

1 O'Hara (G) 2 Kane 3 Whelan 4 Shaughnessy 5 Sweeney 6 Charsley 7 Cullen (C) 8 Grego-Cox 9 Curtis 10 Manning 15 Kinsella

Officials

  • Referee Petr Ardeleanu
  • Assistant Referee Tomáš Mokrusch
  • Assistant Referee Jiří Moláček
  • 4th Referee Jiří Houdek
  • Uefa Delegate Markku Lehtola
  • Referee Observer Bernardino González Vázquez
  • Visar Kastrati

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 2" Dren Feka (Kosovo) is penalised for a foul on Henry Charsley (Republic of Ireland).
  • 2" Conor Shaughnessy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 4" Henry Charsley (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Dren Feka (Kosovo).
  • 6" Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 7" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 7" Florjan Smakiqi (Kosovo) takes the free-kick.
  • 8" Florent Hasani (Kosovo) is penalised for a foul on Corey Whelan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 9" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 10" Henry Charsley (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Lirim Mema (Kosovo).
  • 11" Besfort Kolgeci (Kosovo) fouls.
  • 12" Corey Whelan (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Lirim Kastrati (Kosovo).
  • 12" Dren Feka (Kosovo) takes the free-kick.
  • 13" Arian Kabashi (Kosovo) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Reece Grego-Cox (Republic of Ireland).
  • 13" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 13" Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 13" Florjan Smakiqi (Kosovo) takes the free-kick.
  • 15" Joshua Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 15" Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 18" Lirim Kastrati (Kosovo) misses the target.
  • 19" Joshua Cullen (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Lirim Mema (Kosovo).
  • 19" Ardian Ismajli (Kosovo) takes the free-kick.
  • 21" Reece Grego-Cox (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Besfort Kolgeci (Kosovo).
  • 21" Besfort Kolgeci (Kosovo) takes the free-kick.
  • 23" Reece Grego-Cox (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 24" Valmir Sulejmani (Kosovo) is flagged for offside.
  • 24" Conor Shaughnessy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 25" Lirim Mema (Kosovo) fouls.
  • 25" Joshua Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 27" Reece Grego-Cox (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 27" Besfort Kolgeci (Kosovo) takes the free-kick.
  • 27" Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Lirim Mema (Kosovo).
  • 27" Ardian Ismajli (Kosovo) takes the free-kick.
  • 28" Lirim Kastrati (Kosovo) delivers the corner.
  • 28" Ardian Ismajli (Kosovo) misses the target.
  • 28" Ron Broja (Kosovo) misses the target.
  • 29" Ron Broja (Kosovo) misses the target.
  • 30" Danny Kane (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 30" Ryan Sweeney (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ron Broja (Kosovo).
  • 30" Ryan Sweeney (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 31" Florent Hasani (Kosovo) takes the free-kick.
  • 33" Conor Shaughnessy (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 34" Kamer Krasniqi (Kosovo) is penalised for a foul on Henry Charsley (Republic of Ireland).
  • 34" Arian Kabashi (Kosovo) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland).
  • 34" Arian Kabashi (Kosovo) is shown a yellow card.
  • 34" Corey Whelan (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 35" Joshua Cullen (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 35" Ardian Ismajli (Kosovo) takes the free-kick.
  • 36" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 36" Florjan Smakiqi (Kosovo) blocks a shot.
  • 38" Joshua Cullen (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Florent Hasani (Kosovo).
  • 38" Joshua Cullen (Republic of Ireland) is booked.
  • 39" Dren Feka (Kosovo) takes the free-kick.
  • 39" Reece Grego-Cox (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ardian Ismajli (Kosovo).
  • 39" Ardian Ismajli (Kosovo) takes the free-kick.
  • 40" Florent Hasani (Kosovo) fouls.
  • 40" Joshua Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 41" Arian Kabashi (Kosovo) is penalised for a foul on Henry Charsley (Republic of Ireland).
  • 41" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 41" Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 45+2" Florent Hasani (Kosovo) fouls.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 46" Valmir Sulejmani (Kosovo) is penalised for a foul on Ryan Sweeney (Republic of Ireland).
  • 46" Ryan Sweeney (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 47" Lirim Kastrati (Kosovo) has an attempt on goal.
  • 47" Kieran O'Hara (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 47" Lirim Kastrati (Kosovo) takes the corner.
  • 50" Liam Kinsella (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ron Broja (Kosovo).
  • 50" Besfort Kolgeci (Kosovo) takes the free-kick.
  • 51" Lirim Kastrati (Kosovo) misses the target.
  • 52" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 52" Ardian Ismajli (Kosovo) takes the free-kick.
  • 53" Ron Broja (Kosovo) fouls.
  • 53" Joshua Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 57" Joshua Cullen (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Florent Hasani (Kosovo).
  • 57" Dren Feka (Kosovo) takes the free-kick.
  • 58" Liam Kinsella (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ron Broja (Kosovo).
  • 58" Lirim Mema (Kosovo) takes the free-kick.
  • 60" Valmir Sulejmani (Kosovo) has a shot blocked.
  • 60" Ron Broja (Kosovo) fouls.
  • 61" Meriton Korenica (in) - Kamer Krasniqi (out) (Kosovo)
  • 61" Conor Shaughnessy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 61" Florent Hasani (Kosovo) has a shot blocked.
  • 64" Florent Hasani (Kosovo) scores!
  • 69" Dren Feka (Kosovo) is penalised for a foul on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 69" Kieran O'Hara (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 70" Meriton Korenica (Kosovo) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Reece Grego-Cox (Republic of Ireland).
  • 71" Ryan Manning (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 71" Ryan Sweeney (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 71" Florjan Smakiqi (Kosovo) blocks a shot.
  • 72" Joshua Cullen (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 73" Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 74" Kushtrim Shabani (in) - Valmir Sulejmani (out) (Kosovo)
  • 77" Jake Mulraney (in) - Ryan Manning (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 78" Ronan Hale (in) - Danny Kane (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 78" Joshua Cullen (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 80" Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 81" Liam Kinsella (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Dren Feka (Kosovo).
  • 82" Florent Hasani (Kosovo) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Joshua Cullen (Republic of Ireland).
  • 82" Conor Shaughnessy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 82" Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 84" Kushtrim Shabani (Kosovo) fouls.
  • 84" Kushtrim Shabani (Kosovo) is shown a yellow card.
  • 84" Joshua Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 84" Henry Charsley (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 84" Florjan Smakiqi (Kosovo) blocks a shot.
  • 84" Ronan Hale (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 84" Joshua Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 85" Ronan Hale (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 85" Mirlind Daku (in) - Florent Hasani (out) (Kosovo)
  • 87" Mirlind Daku (Kosovo) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ryan Sweeney (Republic of Ireland).
  • 88" Mirlind Daku (Kosovo) is booked.
  • 88" Joshua Cullen (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 89" Ronan Hale (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 89" Kushtrim Shabani (Kosovo) takes the free-kick.
  • 90" Ronan Hale (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 90" Ardian Ismajli (Kosovo) takes the free-kick.
  • 90" Liam Kinsella (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Dren Feka (Kosovo).
  • 90+3" Jake Mulraney (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 90+3" Florjan Smakiqi (Kosovo) blocks a shot.
  • 90+3" Ron Broja (Kosovo) is flagged for offside.
  • 90+3" Kieran O'Hara (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • 2608699
  • Republic of Ireland

Corners Won

2 3

Shots on Target

2 5

Shots off Target

5 5

Fouls Committed

18 22
  • 2608699

    Republic of Ireland

  • 1Goals1
  • 3Yellow Card(s)3
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 2Shots on Goal5
  • 5Shots Wide5
  • 2Shot(s) Blocked1
  • 4Save(s)1
  • 9Total Shots11
  • 18Fouls Committed22
  • 2Corner(s)3
  • 2Offside(s)3