Republic of Ireland 0 - 2 Belgium | 2018 - U17 Championship | 2024293

UEFA Under-17 Championship | Loughborough University Stadium, Loughborough
5 May 2018 - 17:45 (local time)

Republic of Ireland 0 - 2 Belgium

Full-time Sidibe(34) Vertessen(68)
Republic of Ireland Belgium

Defeat for Ireland in U17 EURO opener

Republic of Ireland 0-2 Belgium
U17
5th May 2018

The Republic of Ireland Under 17’s got their European Under 17 Championship campaign off to a disappointing start as they went down 2-0 to Belgium at Loughborough University Stadium.

Goals in either half from Sekou Sidibe and Yorbe Vertessen ensured a clinical Belgian side claimed the three points.

Ireland opened the brighter but fell behind in the 34th minute when Sidibe slotted home the rebound after Nicolas Raskin’s initial effort came back off the crossbar.

Adam Idah called Nick Shinton into action in the Belgian goal on a number of occasions in the second period. The Ireland forward was denied in the 52nd minute when he got on the end of a long ball from Max Murphy.

Idah was frustrated again by Shinton eight minutes later as the Belgian keeper tipped the Corkman’s effort around the post. From the resulting corner Nathan Collins headed inches wide as Ireland continued to push for an opening.

Disaster was to strike though for Colin O’Brien’s side with 12 minutes remaining when Yorbe Vertessen was quickest to a rebound to put the Belgians into a lead they would not relinquish.

Next up for Ireland is a crucial clash with Denmark on Tuesday in St George’s Park.

Republic of Ireland: Corcoran; Murphy, Ledwidge, McEntee, Collins ©; Knight, Coffey, Brennan (Thompson 61); Idah, Parrott, Wright.

Belgium: Shinton; Persyn, Lissens, Vandermeulen, Dendoncker; Raskin ©, Mvom Onana, Suray (Timassi 66); Vertessen, Yayi Mpie (Doku 66), Sidibe.

Referee: Vilhjalmur Thorarinsson (ISL)

Ireland U-17 primed for European Championship Finals

The Republic of Ireland Under-17’s are all set for their UEFA European Championship group opener against Belgium at Loughborough University Stadium on Saturday with kick-off at 17:45.
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4th May 2018

Colin O’Brien’s side go into the tournament as top seeds following an impressive qualification campaign that saw them win six games from six - all away from home. 
 
This is the second year in succession the Under-17’s have played at the Finals, with last year’s quarter-final appearance the best yet since the tournament was regraded in 2000. 
 
O’Brien can call on five players from last year’s edition in Croatia with team captain Nathan Collins, top scorer Adam Idah, Southampton defender Kameron Ledwidge, Wolves midfielder Callum Thompson and Aston Villa’s Tyreik Wright back for a second appearance at the Finals. 
 
The Under-17 World Champions, England, host the tournament ahead of the 2019 competition being held in Ireland. Interest in the Republic of Ireland games has been unprecedented, with the second group game against Denmark and the third game against Bosnia & Herzegovina, both of which take place in St George’s Park, already selling out. 
 
With 18 goals in six qualification matches, Ireland, Spain and Norway were the most profilic scorers on the road to England, all averaging three goals per game. Ireland forward Idah comes into the tournament as the top scorer in Europe, with his tally of eight goals putting the Corkman top of the charts. 
 
Speaking ahead of the opening game, Ireland Head Coach Colin O’Brien was pleased with how preparations have gone to date. “Everything has gone really well so far. We are ready to embrace the challenge of the first game,” he said.  

“Belgium will be a formidable outfit, they have had a very strong youth development structure and system within their country for the last number of years – you can see that in some of the players they have produced. They’ll be a very possession based team, will have a lot of pace throughout and will have a little bit about them on the counter attack as well. I think it will be a very good game between two really good teams.”

With the close proximity of the tournament to Ireland and the large Irish community based in the UK, demand for tickets has been high, with Irish fans expected to turn out in big numbers. 

“We know how good the Irish support can be. It will be great to get that this week as we will need it. These tournaments are all about the three games in the group to start. They’ll all pose different challenges and any extra support we can get that will help us will be very much appreciated,” O’Brien added. 

Republic of Ireland Under 17 Squad 

1. Kian Clarke 
Position: Goalkeeper
Club: Shamrock Rovers
2018 Qualifying Appearances: 6
Clean Sheets: 5
Emerging Talent Programme Centre of Excellence: Dublin South
From: Tallaght, Dublin 

2. Max Murphy 
Position: Defender
Club: Stoke City
2018 Qualifying Appearances: 6
Goals: 1
Emerging Talent Programme Centre of Excellence: Arklow
From: Ballybrack, Dublin

3. Kameron Ledwidge 
Position: Defender
Club: Southampton
2018 Qualifying Appearances: 6
Goals: 0
Emerging Talent Programme Centre of Excellence: Dublin North
From: Finglas, Dublin 

4. Oisin McEntee 
Position: Defender
Club: Newcastle United
2018 Qualifying Appearances: 5
Goals: 0
Emerging Talent Programme Centre of Excellence: Dundalk
From: Shercock, Cavan

5. Nathan Collins (Captain)
Position: Defender
Club: Stoke City
2018 Qualifying Appearances: 6
Goals: 0
Emerging Talent Programme Centre of Excellence: Dublin South
From: Leixlip, Kildare

6. Jason Knight 
Position: Midfielder
Club: Derby County
2018 Qualifying Appearances: 6
Goals: 0
Emerging Talent Programme Centre of Excellence: Arklow 
From: Loughlinstown, Dublin 

7. Callum Thompson
Position: Midfielder
Club: Wolves
2018 Qualifying Appearances: 6
Goals: 0
Emerging Talent Programme Centre of Excellence: Arklow
From: Greystones, Wicklow

8. Barry Coffey 
Position: Midfielder
Club: Celtic
2018 Qualifying Appearances: 6
Goals: 1
Emerging Talent Programme Centre of Excellence: Limerick
From: Nenagh, Tipperary

9. Adam Idah 
Position: Forward
Club: Norwich City
2018 Qualifying Appearances: 6
Goals: 8
Emerging Talent Programme Centre of Excellence: Cork
From: Douglas, Cork

10. Troy Parrott 
Position: Forward
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
2018 Qualifying Appearances: 5
Goals: 1
Emerging Talent Programme Centre of Excellence: Dublin North
From: Summerhill, Dublin

11. Sean Brennan 
Position: Midfielder
Club: Southampton
2018 Qualifying Appearances: 6
Goals: 3
Emerging Talent Programme Centre of Excellence: Dublin North
From: Hartstown, Dublin

12. Marc Walsh 
Position: Midfielder
Club: Swansea City
2018 Qualifying Appearances: 1
Goals: 0
Emerging Talent Programme Centre of Excellence: Letterkenny
From: Gweedore, Donegal 

13. Ray O’Sullivan 
Position: Defender
Club: Wolves
2018 Qualifying Appearances: -
Goals: -
Emerging Talent Programme Centre of Excellence: Dublin North
From: Rush, Dublin

14. Adam O’Reilly 
Position: Midfielder
Club: Preston North End
2018 Qualifying Appearances: 4
Goals: 1
Emerging Talent Programme Centre of Excellence: Cork
From: Mahon, Cork

15. Jordan McEneff 
Position: Forward
Club: Arsenal
2018 Qualifying Appearances: 2
Goals: 0
From: Derry 

16. Jimmy Corcoran 
Position: Goalkeeper
Club: Cherry Orchard
2018 Qualifying Appearances: -
Clean Sheets: -
Emerging Talent Programme Centre of Excellence: Dundalk
From: Kells, Meath

17. Tyriek Wright 
Position: Forward
Club: Aston Villa
2018 Qualifying Appearances: 6
Goals: 2
Emerging Talent Programme Centre of Excellence: Cork
From: Ovens, Cork

18. Luca Connell
Position: Defender
2018 Qualifying Appearances: 2
Goals: 0
Club: Bolton Wanderers
From: Liverpool, England
 
19. Ryan Cassidy
Position: Forward
Club: Watford
2018 Qualifying Appearances: -
Goals: -
Emerging Talent Programme Centre of Excellence: Dublin North
From: Castleknock, Dublin

20. Conor Grant 
Position: Midfielder
Club: Sheffield Wednesday 
2018 Qualifying Appearances: -
Goals: -
Emerging Talent Programme Centre of Excellence: Dublin North
From: Donabate, Dublin

23. Sean Bohan
Position: Goalkeeper
Club: Bohemians
2018 Qualifying Appearances: - 
Clean Sheets: -
Emerging Talent Programme Centre of Excellence: Dublin North
From: Santry, Dublin

Group C Fixtures
Denmark v Bosnia & Herzegovina, 12.30pm Saturday 5 May, Loughborough University Stadium
Republic of Ireland v Belgium, 5.45pm Saturday 5 May, Loughborough University Stadium. Tickets available HERE
Republic of Ireland v Denmark, 1pm Tuesday 8 May, St. George's Park. SOLD OUT  
Bosnia & Herzegovina v Belgium, 7pm Tuesday 8 May, Rotherham United
Belgium v Denmark, 1pm Friday 11 May, Chesterfield FC
Bosnia & Herzegovina v Republic of Ireland, 1pm Friday 11 May, St. George's Park. SOLD OUT  

Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

16 Corcoran (G) 2 Murphy 3 Ledwidge 4 McEntee 5 Collins (C) 6 Knight 8 Coffey 9 Idah 10 Parrott 11 Brennan 17 Wright

Belgium

1 Shinton (G) 2 Lissens 3 Vandermeulen 4 Dendoncker 6 Raskin (C) 7 Vertessen 10 Suray 11 Sidibe 17 Onana 18 Persyn 19 Yayi Mpie

Substitutes

  • 12 Maarten Vandevoordt (G)
  • 5 Loic Masscho
  • 8 Yari Verschaeren
  • 9 Gabriel Lemoine
  • 13 Elias Sierra
  • 14 Killian Sardella
  • 15 Halim Timassi
  • 20 Jeremy Doku

Officials

  • Referee Vilhjalmur Thorarinsson
  • Assistant Referee Douglas Potter
  • Assistant Referee Robert Steinacher
  • 4th Referee Dennis Higler
  • Uefa Delegate Ludovico Micallef
  • Referee Observer Vlado Svilokos
  • David Balmer

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 2" Jamie Yayi Mpie (Belgium) is penalised for a foul on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 4" Nicolas Raskin (Belgium) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Tyreik Wright (Republic of Ireland).
  • 5" Tyreik Wright (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 6" Siebe Vandermeulen (Belgium) is penalised for a foul on Tyreik Wright (Republic of Ireland).
  • 10" Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Sekou Sidibe (Belgium).
  • 11" Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 13" Nicolas Raskin (Belgium) is penalised for a foul on Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland).
  • 14" Tyreik Wright (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 14" Tyreik Wright (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 17" Mathis Suray (Belgium) misses the target.
  • 19" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 21" Tibo Persyn (Belgium) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland).
  • 23" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 23" Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 24" Yorbe Vertessen (Belgium) misses the target.
  • 27" Tibo Persyn (Belgium) is penalised for a foul on Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland).
  • 28" Mathis Suray (Belgium) has an effort on goal.
  • 28" James Corcoran (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 30" Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 32" Siebe Vandermeulen (Belgium) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland).
  • 32" Yorbe Vertessen (Belgium) has a shot blocked.
  • 34" Siebe Vandermeulen (Belgium) misses the target.
  • 34" Sekou Sidibe (Belgium) scores!
  • 36" Yorbe Vertessen (Belgium) fouls.
  • 37" Tibo Persyn (Belgium) is penalised for a foul on Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland).
  • 40" Siebe Vandermeulen (Belgium) has a shot blocked.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 42" Mathis Suray (Belgium) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Barry Coffey (Republic of Ireland).
  • 43" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 44" Mathis Suray (Belgium) takes the corner.
  • 45" Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 47" Yorbe Vertessen (Belgium) is penalised for a foul on Barry Coffey (Republic of Ireland).
  • 49" Siebe Vandermeulen (Belgium) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Max Murphy (Republic of Ireland).
  • 50" Nicolas Raskin (Belgium) fouls.
  • 51" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 52" Yorbe Vertessen (Belgium) is penalised for a foul on Oisin McEntee (Republic of Ireland).
  • 54" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 54" Nick Shinton (Belgium) blocks a shot.
  • 56" Mathis Suray (Belgium) delivers the corner.
  • 59" Nicolas Raskin (Belgium) has an effort on goal.
  • 59" James Corcoran (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 60" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 60" Nick Shinton (Belgium) blocks a shot.
  • 61" Tyreik Wright (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 61" Nathan Collins (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 61" Callum Thompson (in) - Sean Brennan (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 62" Nicolas Raskin (Belgium) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland).
  • 66" Halim Timassi (in) - Mathis Suray (out) (Belgium)
  • 66" Jeremy Doku (in) - Jamie Yayi Mpie (out) (Belgium)
  • 68" Yorbe Vertessen (Belgium) scores!
  • 69" Halim Timassi (Belgium) fouls.
  • 70" Jeremy Doku (Belgium) is flagged for offside.
  • 71" Halim Timassi (Belgium) is penalised for a foul on Callum Thompson (Republic of Ireland).
  • 72" Nathan Collins (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Amadou Onana (Belgium).
  • 72" Nathan Collins (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 73" Troy Parrott (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 74" Tyreik Wright (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 75" Kameron Ledwidge (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Sekou Sidibe (Belgium).
  • 76" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Nicolas Raskin (Belgium).
  • 76" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 76" Nicolas Raskin (Belgium) is booked.
  • 78" Siebe Vandermeulen (Belgium) fouls.
  • 80" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Nicolas Raskin (Belgium).
  • 80+2" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 80+3" Sekou Sidibe (Belgium) fouls.
  • 80+3" Sekou Sidibe (Belgium) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 80+3" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 80+3" Max Murphy (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 80+3" Nick Shinton (Belgium) blocks a shot.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Belgium

Corners Won

4 2

Shots on Target

3 4

Shots off Target

1 3

Fouls Committed

11 19
  • Republic of Ireland

    Belgium

  • 0Goals2
  • 2Yellow Card(s)2
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 3Shots on Goal4
  • 1Shots Wide3
  • 2Shot(s) Blocked2
  • 2Save(s)3
  • 6Total Shots9
  • 11Fouls Committed19
  • 4Corner(s)2
  • 4Offside(s)1