Republic of Ireland 3 - 0 Luxembourg | 2021 - U21 Mens Friendlies | 2026497

UEFA Under-21 ChampionshipQualifying Round, Group One | Tallaght Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
24 March 2019 - 17:00 (local time)

Republic of Ireland 3 - 0 Luxembourg

Idah(34, 68) Farrugia(38) Full-time
Republic of Ireland Luxembourg

Ireland U21: Classy display seals Luxembourg win

Republic of Ireland Under-21s turned on the style in Stephen Kenny's first match in charge after they ran out 3-0 winners against Luxembourg.
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24th Mar 2019

Cork-born Adam Idah notched an impressive brace and UCD forward Neil Farrugia also scored as Ireland won their first game of their UEFA U-21 2021 European Championships qualifying campaign.

Ireland were always in complete control of the contest and will have been disappointed not to have scored more in front of a fantastic crowd of 4,772 at Tallaght Stadium.

Both Idah and Farrugia had chances within the first 10 minutes of the contest to open the scoring, before the Norwich City striker Idah finally did just that past the half-hour. The 18-year old rose highest to powerfully head home Farrugia's corner to put Ireland ahead.

Kenny's side continued the pressure and doubled their lead just five minutes later. Man of the Match Connor Ronan found the perfect pass to slip in the UCD man and he clipped the ball over the keeper to the delight of the home crowd. 

The pressure continued after the break and Ireland extended their lead in the 67th minute. Once again, Ronan broke away past the half-way line to slot in the on-rushing Idah and he powered the ball past the keeper from just inside the area.

That completed the scoring for the home side as they start their campaign with three points and manager Kenny was delighted with the display. 

"I thought we were excellent at times, some fantastic spells of play and I thought the quality of goals were fantastic," said manager Stephen Kenny. 

"We've got things we need to improve on of course, but to see such confidence on the ball from a young group is really encouraging at the start of the campaign. We wanted to get that three points on the board early and now we go to the Toulon Tournament in June, and look forward to it.

"There were many excellent performances across the pitch, we took our goals really well and I really thought we could have scored a few more, but we can learn from that and it's a great start." 

Republic of Ireland: Caoimhin Kelleher (GK), Lee O'Connor, Darragh Leahy, Dara O'Shea, Conor Coventry, Zach Elbouzedi (Michael O'Connor 89), Jayson Molumby (C) (Jamie Lennon 77), Adam Idah (Brandan Kavanagh 89), Connor Ronan (Dan Mandroiu 85), Neil Farrugia (Aaron Drinan 89), Conor Masterson. 

Luxembourg: Tom Ottele (GK), Eric Brandenburger, Ten Held, Pit Simon, Kevin D'Anzico, Luca Duriatti (C) (Dylan Kuete 87), Clayton Duarte, Jan Ostrowski, Mathias Olesen (Loris Tinelli 68), Lucas Prudhomme, Kenan Avdusinovic (Yannick Schaus 61). 

Referee: Timotheos Christofi (CYP)

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Ireland U21: Elbouzedi relishing Luxembourg opener

Republic of Ireland Under-21 winger Zach Elbouzedi is relishing the prospect of making his U-21 debut with the UEFA European Championship qualifying campaign set to begin against Luxembourg tomorrow.
23rd Mar 2019

Stephen Kenny's side start their campaign at Tallaght Stadium against Luxembourg, with kick-off at 5pm. Over 5,000 supporters are expected to attend the match to witness Ireland's next generation under their new manager. 

Elbouzedi has received his first U-21 call-up following his move to SSE Airtricity League Premier Division side Waterford this year and has thoroughly enjoyed his move back to Ireland. 

"It's been great. The league is full of young players and the standard is really high so it's been a great move for me so far," said Elbouzedi. 

"Waterford and Alan Reynolds, in particular, have shown real faith in me, bringing me back over and now it has led to my first U-21 call-up, I'm really happy. 

"When I got the call-up, I was buzzing. It's a huge honour and it's been a great week so far, and we're looking forward to the game."

The 20-year old is one of nine SSE Airtricity League players involved in the 22-man squad who've been selected in Kenny's first competitive squad as Ireland U-21 manager. 

Having trained with the squad this week, Elbouzedi has praised the standard of the squad and has enjoyed working under new manager Kenny.

"The quality in the squad is really exciting. Most of us have already played together in the under-age teams and there has been a great buzz about training throughout the week," Elbouzedi continued. 

"It's really important we get off to a good start and three points against Luxembourg. We're really hoping to get to play in front of a big crowd in Tallaght and to see so many people talking about the game is great. 

"We've got to start the campaign with three points and we're really looking forward to the match. To be part of this new group is a real honour and I can't wait to step out there and play in that green jersey."

Supporters are advised to arrive at Tallaght Stadium early due to the crowd expected. Ticket collections will be available from 3pm from the Ticketmaster van outside Tallaght Stadium's main reception. Parking will be available on level three at the Square Tallaght, opposite the stadium.

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Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

1 Kelleher (G) 2 L. O'Connor 3 Leahy 5 O'Shea 6 Coventry 7 Elbouzedi 8 Molumby (C) 9 Idah 10 Ronan 11 Farrugia 20 Masterson

Luxembourg

1 Ottele (G) 2 Brandenburger 3 Held 4 Simon 5 D'Anzico 6 Duriatti (C) 7 Duarte 8 Ostrowski 9 Olesen 10 Prudhomme 11 Avdusinovic

Substitutes

  • 12 Joao Machado (G)
  • 13 Lucas Coopmans
  • 14 Loris Tinelli
  • 15 Dylan Kuete
  • 16 Yannick Schaus
  • 17 Fabien Heinz
  • 18 Tiago Semedo Monteiro

Officials

  • Referee Timotheos Christofi
  • Assistant Referee Charalambos Charalambous
  • Assistant Referee Charlambos Georgiou
  • 4th Referee Vasilis Dimitriou
  • Uefa Delegate Aurel Ionescu
  • Referee Observer Marcel Vanelshocht
  • Patrick Whelan

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 4" Conor Coventry (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Eric Brandenburger (Luxembourg).
  • 7" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 8" Eric Brandenburger (Luxembourg) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Conor Coventry (Republic of Ireland).
  • 10" Connor Ronan (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 11" Kenan Avdusinovic (Luxembourg) misses the target.
  • 15" Connor Ronan (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 16" Neil Farrugia (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Lucas Prudhomme (Luxembourg).
  • 20" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Kevin D'Anzico (Luxembourg).
  • 21" Clayton Duarte (Luxembourg) has a shot blocked.
  • 24" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 25" Connor Ronan (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 26" Darragh Leahy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Mathias Olesen (Luxembourg).
  • 27" Clayton Duarte (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 33" Connor Ronan (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 34" Neil Farrugia (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 34" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 35" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Lucas Prudhomme (Luxembourg).
  • 36" Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 36" Lucas Prudhomme (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 38" Neil Farrugia (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 41" Neil Farrugia (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Eric Brandenburger (Luxembourg).
  • 42" Zachary Elbouzedi (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 42" Jan Ostrowski (Luxembourg) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Conor Masterson (Republic of Ireland).
  • 45" Conor Masterson (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 47" Lucas Prudhomme (Luxembourg) fouls.
  • 51" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 52" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Jan Ostrowski (Luxembourg).
  • 53" Darragh Leahy (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Eric Brandenburger (Luxembourg).
  • 54" Pit Simon (Luxembourg) fouls.
  • 54" Connor Ronan (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 55" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Lucas Prudhomme (Luxembourg).
  • 55" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 58" Neil Farrugia (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 58" Tom Ottele (Luxembourg) blocks a shot.
  • 59" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 61" Mathias Olesen (Luxembourg) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Conor Masterson (Republic of Ireland).
  • 61" Yannick Schaus (in) - Kenan Avdusinovic (out) (Luxembourg)
  • 63" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 63" Kevin D'Anzico (Luxembourg) is penalised for a foul on Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland).
  • 63" Kevin D'Anzico (Luxembourg) is booked.
  • 64" Neil Farrugia (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 65" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 66" Connor Ronan (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 67" Connor Ronan (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 67" Tom Ottele (Luxembourg) blocks a shot.
  • 68" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 68" Loris Tinelli (in) - Mathias Olesen (out) (Luxembourg)
  • 69" Jan Ostrowski (Luxembourg) misses the target.
  • 73" Loris Tinelli (Luxembourg) has a shot blocked.
  • 74" Lucas Prudhomme (Luxembourg) misses the target.
  • 75" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 75" Tom Ottele (Luxembourg) blocks a shot.
  • 75" Zachary Elbouzedi (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 75" Tom Ottele (Luxembourg) blocks a shot.
  • 76" Connor Ronan (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Loris Tinelli (Luxembourg).
  • 78" Jamie Lennon (in) - Jayson Molumby (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 78" Lucas Prudhomme (Luxembourg) takes the free-kick.
  • 78" Lucas Prudhomme (Luxembourg) has a shot blocked.
  • 80" Clayton Duarte (Luxembourg) has a shot blocked.
  • 84" Neil Farrugia (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 86" Daniel Mandroiu (in) - Connor Ronan (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 87" Daniel Mandroiu (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Lucas Prudhomme (Luxembourg).
  • 87" Dylan Kuete (in) - Luca Duriatti (out) (Luxembourg)
  • 88" Yannick Schaus (Luxembourg) misses the target.
  • 90+1" Brandon Kavanagh (in) - Adam Idah (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 90+1" Michael O'Connor (in) - Zachary Elbouzedi (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 90+2" Aaron Drinan (in) - Neil Farrugia (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 90+3" Aaron Drinan (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 90+3" Tom Ottele (Luxembourg) blocks a shot.
  • 90+4" Darragh Leahy (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Clayton Duarte (Luxembourg).
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Luxembourg

Corners Won

3 0

Shots on Target

8 0

Shots off Target

6 4

Fouls Committed

17 6
  • Republic of Ireland

    Luxembourg

  • 3Goals0
  • 2Yellow Card(s)1
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 8Shots on Goal0
  • 6Shots Wide4
  • 0Shot(s) Blocked4
  • 0Save(s)5
  • 14Total Shots8
  • 17Fouls Committed6
  • 3Corner(s)0
  • 1Offside(s)0