Slovakia 1 - 1 Republic of Ireland | 2018 - UEFA Under-19 Championship | 2023662

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21 March 2018 - 15:00 (local time)

Slovakia 1 - 1 Republic of Ireland

Tomič(60) Full-time Connolly(76pen)
Slovakia Republic of Ireland

Ireland U19: Connolly penalty earns Slovakia draw

An Aaron Connolly goal from the penalty spot in the 76th minute, earned the Republic of Ireland Under-19s a 1-1 draw against Slovakia, in the UEFA Under-19 Championship Elite Round.
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21st Mar 2018

Tom Mohan's side went behind on the hour mark as Michal Tomič headed home from a corner to give Slovakia the lead.

After conceding, Ireland went on the attack and were awarded the penalty after Jonathan Afolabi was fouled by defender Vladimír Majdan. Connolly cooly slotted past Frederik Valach for a well-deserved equaliser.

Despite late chances for Connolly, Afolabi and Daniel McKenna, Ireland were unable to find a winner.

Speaking after the game, Head Coach Tom Mohan said he was happy to earn a valuable point.

"The boys showed great character in coming back into the game after we conceded. We got our rewards with the penalty and could have won. It's a big point though.

"It was very windy conditions today, and the pitch wasn't the best. The venue was changed at short notice which didn't help preparations.

"The boys showed a lot of composure after conceding. It spurred them on, and we look forward now to the second game."

The team return to action on Saturday afternoon, with a game against Kosovo. That game kicks off at 3pm.

Slovakia: Frederik Valach; Vladimír Majdan, Dominik Špiriak (capt), Denis Petro, Samuel Kozlovský; Martin Bednár, Jozef Špyrka (Branislav Sluka 43); Michal Tomič, Adam Brenkus (Adam Kopas 90+1), Matej Grešák (Marián Chobot 86); Róbert Boženík.

Republic of Ireland: Mark Travers; Daniel McKenna, Canice Carroll, Dara O’Shea (capt), Tyreke Wilson; Conor Coventry (Rowan Roache 67), Thomas O’Connor, Kian Flanagan; Lee O’Connor, Jonathan Afolabi, Aaron Connolly

Referee: Kristo Tohver (EST)

Ireland U19: McKenna expects team to perform in Portugal

The Republic of Ireland Under-19s are finalising their preparations in Portugal ahead of the 2018 UEFA Under-19 Championship Elite Round.
Daniel McKenna
20th Mar 2018

Tom Mohan’s side will feature in Group 5 against Slovakia, Kosovo and Portugal over the coming week.

Only the group winners will qualify for the 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Finland, this July.

Defender Daniel McKenna started in all three games in the Qualifying Round and is expected to feature in the upcoming games.

Speaking to FAI TV as part of the Club & Country Series, the Bray Wanderers defender said it’s “everyone’s dream” to represent their country.

McKenna has previously played at Under-17 level. He knows the upcoming games will be tougher with only one team qualifying, compared to two at the younger age grade.

“People might say that Portugal are probably favourites to qualify, but we know we can perform against the big teams. No matter how tough, we will give it our all”.

The side begin their Elite Round phase against Slovakia on Wednesday afternoon. The game will now take place in Fão’s Complexo Desportivo Clube de Futebol de Fão after being originally scheduled to be played in Braga.

2018 UEFA Under-17 Championship Elite Round
Slovakia v Republic of Ireland, Complexo Desportivo Clube de Futebol de Fão, Fão, 3pm (3pm Irish time)

 

Tactical Lineups

Slovakia

1 Valach (G) 2 Majdan 3 Špiriak (C) 5 Kozlovský 6 Bednár 7 Brenkus 8 Grešák 9 Boženík 10 Špyrka 14 Petro 16 Tomič

Substitutes

  • 12 Adrián Slančík (G)
  • 4 Dávid Filinský
  • 11 Martin Vician
  • 13 Matej Moško
  • 15 Marián Chobot
  • 17 Martin Koval’
  • 18 Adam Kopas
  • 19 Branislav Sluka
  • 20 Michal Král’ovič

Republic of Ireland

1 Travers (G) 2 McKenna 3 Wilson 4 O'Shea (C) 5 Carroll 6 T. O'Connor 7 L. O'Connor 8 Coventry 9 Afolabi 10 Flanagan 11 Connolly

Officials

  • Referee Kristo Tohver
  • Assistant Referee Aron Härsing
  • Assistant Referee Alvaro Mesquita
  • 4th Referee Rui Filipe Oliveira
  • Uefa Delegate Manuel Mejuto González
  • Referee Observer Manuel Mejuto González

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 2" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 3" Daniel McKenna (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 5" Jonathan Afolabi (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Dominik Špiriak (Slovakia).
  • 7" Jonathan Afolabi (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Denis Petro (Slovakia).
  • 10" Dominik Špiriak (Slovakia) fouls.
  • 11" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 11" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 12" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Samuel Kozlovský (Slovakia).
  • 12" Adam Brenkus (Slovakia) misses the target.
  • 13" Daniel McKenna (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 14" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 15" Róbert Boženík (Slovakia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Canice Carroll (Republic of Ireland).
  • 17" Conor Coventry (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 17" Conor Coventry (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 18" Martin Bednár (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 19" Adam Brenkus (Slovakia) delivers the corner.
  • 22" Daniel McKenna (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 22" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 23" Vladimír Majdan (Slovakia) is penalised for a foul on Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland).
  • 24" Daniel McKenna (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 28" Jonathan Afolabi (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Frederik Valach (Slovakia).
  • 30" Canice Carroll (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 30" Canice Carroll (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 32" Adam Brenkus (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 32" Dominik Špiriak (Slovakia) is flagged for offside.
  • 33" Samuel Kozlovský (Slovakia) is penalised for a foul on Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland).
  • 35" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Róbert Boženík (Slovakia).
  • 36" Adam Brenkus (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 36" Adam Brenkus (Slovakia) has an attempt on goal.
  • 36" Mark Travers (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 36" Matej Grešák (Slovakia) fouls.
  • 37" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 38" Dominik Špiriak (Slovakia) is penalised for a foul on Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland).
  • 39" Daniel McKenna (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 39" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Samuel Kozlovský (Slovakia).
  • 41" Michal Tomič (Slovakia) fouls.
  • 43" Branislav Sluka (in) - Jozef Špyrka (out) (Slovakia)
  • 45+1" Canice Carroll (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Róbert Boženík (Slovakia).
  • 45+2" Adam Brenkus (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 45+2" Adam Brenkus (Slovakia) has an effort on goal.
  • 45+2" Mark Travers (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 46" Michal Tomič (Slovakia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Tyreke Wilson (Republic of Ireland).
  • 47" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 47" Frederik Valach (Slovakia) blocks a shot.
  • 50" Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 51" Adam Brenkus (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 54" Samuel Kozlovský (Slovakia) misses the target.
  • 55" Branislav Sluka (Slovakia) is penalised for a foul on Canice Carroll (Republic of Ireland).
  • 56" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Róbert Boženík (Slovakia).
  • 56" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) is booked.
  • 56" Michal Tomič (Slovakia) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 58" Adam Brenkus (Slovakia) delivers the corner.
  • 59" Adam Brenkus (Slovakia) takes the corner.
  • 60" Michal Tomič (Slovakia) scores!
  • 64" Adam Brenkus (Slovakia) delivers the corner.
  • 66" Róbert Boženík (Slovakia) is flagged for offside.
  • 67" Rowan Roache (in) - Conor Coventry (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 68" Róbert Boženík (Slovakia) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 69" Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 72" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 72" Samuel Kozlovský (Slovakia) fouls.
  • 73" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 73" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Frederik Valach (Slovakia).
  • 73" Branislav Sluka (Slovakia) is flagged for offside.
  • 75" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 75" Jonathan Afolabi (Republic of Ireland) was fouled in the penalty area by Vladimír Majdan (Slovakia)
  • 75" Dominik Špiriak (Slovakia) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 76" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) scores from the penalty spot.
  • 77" Branislav Sluka (Slovakia) misses the target.
  • 78" Branislav Sluka (Slovakia) fouls.
  • 79" Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Matej Grešák (Slovakia).
  • 79" Kian Flanagan (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 82" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 82" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 84" Daniel McKenna (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Matej Grešák (Slovakia).
  • 84" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 84" Frederik Valach (Slovakia) blocks a shot.
  • 85" Jonathan Afolabi (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 85" Frederik Valach (Slovakia) blocks a shot.
  • 86" Michal Tomič (Slovakia) fouls.
  • 86" Marián Chobot (in) - Matej Grešák (out) (Slovakia)
  • 87" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 88" Jonathan Afolabi (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Denis Petro (Slovakia).
  • 88" Jonathan Afolabi (Republic of Ireland) is booked.
  • 89" Daniel McKenna (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 89" Frederik Valach (Slovakia) blocks a shot.
  • 90" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 90+1" Adam Kopas (in) - Adam Brenkus (out) (Slovakia)
  • 90+3" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 90+3" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Michal Tomič (Slovakia).
  • 90+3" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 90+4" Branislav Sluka (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 90+4" Branislav Sluka (Slovakia) misses the target.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Slovakia
  • Republic of Ireland

Corners Won

4 7

Shots on Target

3 5

Shots off Target

4 5

Fouls Committed

13 16
  • Slovakia

    Republic of Ireland

  • 1Goals1
  • 1Yellow Card(s)7
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 3Shots on Goal5
  • 4Shots Wide5
  • 0Shot(s) Blocked2
  • 4Save(s)2
  • 7Total Shots12
  • 13Fouls Committed16
  • 4Corner(s)7
  • 5Offside(s)0