Armenia 0 - 1 Republic of Ireland | 2021 - U21 Mens Friendlies | 2026502

UEFA Under-21 ChampionshipQualifying Round | FFA Academy Stadium, Yerevan
14 November 2019 - 16:00 (local time)

Armenia 0 - 1 Republic of Ireland

Full-time Elbouzedi(63)
Armenia Republic of Ireland

#IRLU21 HIGHLIGHTS | Armenia 0-1 Ireland

Republic of Ireland secured an impressive 1-0 victory over Armenia in Yerevan thanks to Zack Elbouzedi's second-half strike.
14th Nov 2019

Ireland finished the game with ten-men after Dara O'Shea was sent off in the second-half but the away side held on in the closing stages to stay top of Group One.

Watch highlights of the match in Yerevan on FAI TV. Footage courtesy of eirSport.

REPORT: Elbouzedi's strike secure Armenia victory

Republic of Ireland secured an impressive 1-0 victory over Armenia in Yerevan thanks to Zack Elbouzedi's second-half strike.
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14th Nov 2019

Ireland finished the game with ten-men after Dara O'Shea was sent off in the second-half but the away side held on in the closing stages to stay top of Group One.  

Stephen Kenny gave four players their U-21 debut for the match. Thomas O'Connor, Nathan Collins, Danny McNamara and goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu all made their debut as Ireland dominated the vast majority of the contest. 

The first major chance of the game came in the 18th minute as Gavin Kilkenny found Connor Ronan in space on the left who crossed for Adam Idah, but his glancing header went narrowly over the bar. 

Eight minutes later, Ireland were inches away from opening the scoring as O'Connor's right-sided free-kick was whipped into the six-yard area but O'Shea was unable to reach the ball as it went past the far-post. 

The best chance of the first-half came just after the half-hour as the quick-thinking Elbouzedi intercepted the keeper's lofted clearance and after he headed it down for Ronan, Jason Knight was in on goal but fired narrowly wide. 

The chances were beginning to flow for Stephen Kenny's side and should have been ahead at the break. In the 37th minute, a fantastic tackle from Collins lead to a counter-attack with Elbouzedi and after the winger cut inside, his low effort was somehow palmed away. 

From the resulting corner, Armenia failed to clear at the first attempt and the ball fell for Collins in the six-yard area but his shot was also saved. 

The pressure continued in the second-half. Six minutes after the break, once again, Elbouzedi was involved as he engineered an angle on the left but his deflected cross somehow crawled past the mouth of the goal and away to safety. 

Ireland finally got the break-through in the 63rd minute. The impressive Knight won the ball back high up the pitch, played the industrious Idah down the line and his cross was dummied by Ronan to find Elbouzedi. Elbouzedi collected the ball and smashed home to finally give Ireland the lead they deserved. 

Ireland continued to look dangerous until the 76th minute when Dara O'Shea was shown a straight red card for his last-ditch tackle on Vahan Bichakhchyan. Despite the red card, Ireland remained composed and held out to claim an important three points as they remain top in Group One. 

"I'm delighted with the manner of performance. We handed four debuts in the starting line-up and Aidan Keena came off the bench to make his debut as well," said Kenny.

"To produce the real team performance we've produced with the short amount of time we've had to work with the team, I'm delighted and the players should be really proud of themselves. 

"It's an important victory in the campaign and now it's important for us to refocus on the Sweden game on Tuesday to make sure we can get another important result in front of a big crowd at Tallaght Stadium."

Armenia: Sevak Aslanyan (GK), Hrachya Geghamy, Hovhannes Nazaryan, Albert Khachumyan, Edgar Grigoryan, Karen Melkonyan, Hovhannes Harutyunyan (Aram Khamoyan 67), Armen Haovhannisyan, Armen Nahapetyan (Abraham Portugalyan 57), Vahan Bichakhchyan, Rudik Mkrtchyan (C). 

Subs not used: Mark Grigoryan (GK), Erik Vardanyan, Davit Nalbandyan, Arsen Sadoyan, Hakob Khachatryan, Edgar Movsesyan, Armen Asilyan. 

Republic of Ireland: Gavin Bazunu (GK), Danny McNamara, Dara O'Shea (C) (Liam Scales 76), Conor Coventry, Zack Elbouzedi, Adam Idah (Aidan Keena 86), Connor Ronan, Jason Knight, Nathan Collins, Gavin Kilkenny (Jack Taylor 81), Thomas O'Connor.

Subs not used: Conor Kearns (GK), Kameron Ledwidge, Corey O'Keefe, Danny Grant, Dan Mandroiu, Simon Power. 

Referee: Antti Munukka (FIN)

Booking(s): Jason Knight.

Red Card(s): Dara O'Shea

Ireland U-21: Committed Conor Coventry ready to step up

Republic of Ireland Under-21 midfielder Conor Coventry believes he is ready to step up to a leadership role in the team against Armenia.
13th Nov 2019

Ireland face Armenia in UEFA U-21 European Championship qualifying tomorrow, with kick-off at 12pm (4pm local time), and the game is live on eirSport.

Stephen Kenny's side will be much changed with captain Jayson Molumby and defender Lee O'Connor suspended, whilst a number of players miss out through injury.

One of the mainstay's of the U-21 side this year has been Coventry and he says he is ready to step up to a leadership role within the team.

"We've had a fantastic year so far and achieved some fantastic results," said Coventry.

"It's going to be a bit different against Armenia as we're missing a lot of players but we've got a number of players coming into the team who will want to impress and take the opportunity which is great.

"We've got a really talented squad and training has been fantastic which shows the amount of players we've got who can play at this level.

"I've played almost every game this year so I suppose I'll be ready to step up to a leadership role if needed and I just can't wait to turn out for Ireland again."

Coventry, who qualifies for Ireland through his mother Liz who is from Cabra, has had an extensive under-age international career for Ireland, playing at every level.

The 19-year has admitted that he looks forward to representing Ireland every chance he gets and has relished the memories 2019 has given him with the U-21s.

"If you speak to the lads at West Ham, you'll be told how I'm always going on about Ireland and when we next play," continued Coventry.

"I've always looked forward to it and luckily, I've always done well with my fitness so I've pretty much always been available to play.

"I always make sure I'm available and especially this year, with it being such a big year of football for the team. We've had some amazing results, that win in Sweden will live long in the memory, and it gives us something to build on next year."

TEAM NEWS: Stephen Kenny has confirmed Dara O'Shea will captain the side in the absence of the suspended Jayson Molumby. Nathan Collins, Danny McNamara, Thomas O'Connor and Gavin Bazunu are all set for their U-21 debut. 

Ireland U-21: Kenny confirms U-21 debuts v Armenia

Republic of Ireland Under-21 manager Stephen Kenny has confirmed a number of players will make their U-21 debut against Armenia on Thursday.
12th Nov 2019

Ireland U-21s arrived in Yerevan, Armenia last night and trained at the FFA National Academy earlier this evening in preparation for their qualifier on Thursday, November 14, with kick-off at 12pm (4pm local time).

Kenny was hit with a number of withdrawals ahead of the qualifier with Conor Masterson, Caoimhin Kelleher, Michael Obafemi, Neil Farrugia and Trevor Clarke all out, whilst captain Jayson Molumby and Lee O'Connor are suspended.

A number of players have been called into the squad for the first time and despite the number of withdrawals, Kenny has praised the quality in the squad as they look for crucial points against Armenia on Thursday.

"We've got a lot of changes in the squad. I'm very happy with the team though and the squad we've got out here," said Kenny.

"I'm very happy with the personnel in the squad and it shows that we've got a depth of talent at this level. That's credit to all of the under-age coaches who've done fantastic work over the years.

"Gavin Bazunu, just 17-years of age, will make his debut for the U-21s which is terrific for him. We've got a lot of changes in the back-four. Thomas O'Connor will come in and make his debut after his fantastic season so far at Gillingham.

"Danny McNamara, who has been in the squad since September, gets an opportunity and Nathan Collins, of course, who has been terrific at Stoke City so far this season."

Ireland go into the qualifier on Thursday at the top of group one as they look to bounce back from their only defeat of the campaign so far against Iceland in October.

Ireland secured victory against Armenia at Tallaght Stadium in September and the Ireland U-21 boss wants a repeat performance in Yerevan.

"It is a fantastic opportunity for the players coming in. They're a fantastic group of players who all want to represent their country," Kenny continued.

"We played extremely well against Armenia in Tallaght but Armenia will be a different proposition out here and they had a fantastic victory over Luxembourg in the last round of games.

"We're going into the game with the aim to win, these are our 11th and 12th matches of the year and we want to end this year on a high."

Tactical Lineups

Armenia

1 Aslanyan (G) 2 Geghamyan 3 Nazaryan 4 Khachumyan 5 E. Grigoryan 7 Melkonyan 8 Harutyunyan 9 A. Hovhannisyan 10 Nahapetyan 11 Bichakhchyan 20 Mkrtchyan (C)

Substitutes

  • 12 Mark Grigoryan (G)
  • 6 Erik Vardanyan
  • 13 Davit Nalbandyan
  • 15 Arsen Sadoyan
  • 17 Aram Khamoyan
  • 19 Hakob Khachatryan
  • 21 Edgar Movsesyan
  • 22 Abraham Portugalyan
  • 23 Armen Asilyan

Republic of Ireland

1 Bazunu (G) 2 Mc Namara 5 O'Shea (C) 6 Coventry 7 Elbouzedi 9 Idah 10 Ronan 12 Knight 15 Collins 17 Kilkenny 18 T. O'Connor

Officials

  • Referee Antti Munukka
  • Assistant Referee Jukka Honkanen
  • Assistant Referee Turkka Joonas Valjakka
  • 4th Referee Dennis Antamo
  • Uefa Delegate Tkach Ilona
  • Referee Observer Cyril Zimmermann
  • Mesrop Ghazaryan

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 4" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 7" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Rudik Mkrtchyan (Armenia).
  • 8" Connor Ronan (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 8" Sevak Aslanyan (Armenia) blocks a shot.
  • 10" Connor Ronan (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 10" Hovhannes Nazaryan (Armenia) handles the ball.
  • 10" Hovhannes Nazaryan (Armenia) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 11" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 12" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 12" Connor Ronan (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 12" Edgar Grigoryan (Armenia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Gavin Kilkenny (Republic of Ireland).
  • 13" Connor Ronan (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 16" Danny Mc Namara (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 16" Sevak Aslanyan (Armenia) blocks a shot.
  • 18" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 19" Connor Ronan (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 21" Armen Hovhannisyan (Armenia) fouls.
  • 22" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 23" Nathan Collins (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Sevak Aslanyan (Armenia).
  • 24" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Armen Nahapetyan (Armenia).
  • 25" Vahan Bichakhchyan (Armenia) takes the free-kick.
  • 25" Albert Khachumyan (Armenia) fouls.
  • 25" Albert Khachumyan (Armenia) is shown a yellow card.
  • 26" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 26" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 27" Hovhannes Harutyunyan (Armenia) is penalised for a foul on Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland).
  • 31" Connor Ronan (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 31" Sevak Aslanyan (Armenia) blocks a shot.
  • 32" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 34" Zachary Elbouzedi (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 34" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 35" Zachary Elbouzedi (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 36" Hovhannes Harutyunyan (Armenia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland).
  • 37" Zachary Elbouzedi (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 37" Sevak Aslanyan (Armenia) blocks a shot.
  • 37" Connor Ronan (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 38" Nathan Collins (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 38" Sevak Aslanyan (Armenia) blocks a shot.
  • 38" Gavin Kilkenny (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 41" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Hovhannes Nazaryan (Armenia).
  • 44" Edgar Grigoryan (Armenia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland).
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 47" Armen Nahapetyan (Armenia) fouls.
  • 47" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 51" Zachary Elbouzedi (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 51" Gavin Kilkenny (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Edgar Grigoryan (Armenia).
  • 51" Hovhannes Harutyunyan (Armenia) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 54" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 54" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) is booked.
  • 57" Abraham Portugalyan (in) - Armen Nahapetyan (out) (Armenia)
  • 59" Zachary Elbouzedi (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 60" Connor Ronan (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 61" Hovhannes Harutyunyan (Armenia) is penalised for a foul on Gavin Kilkenny (Republic of Ireland).
  • 62" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 62" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 62" Connor Ronan (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 62" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 63" Zachary Elbouzedi (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 65" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 65" Sevak Aslanyan (Armenia) blocks a shot.
  • 65" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 66" Aram Khamoyan (in) - Hovhannes Harutyunyan (out) (Armenia)
  • 68" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 68" Sevak Aslanyan (Armenia) blocks a shot.
  • 73" Vahan Bichakhchyan (Armenia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Danny Mc Namara (Republic of Ireland).
  • 74" Jason Knight (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 76" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Vahan Bichakhchyan (Armenia).
  • 76" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) is dismissed.
  • 77" Liam Scales (in) - Connor Ronan (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 78" Edgar Movsesyan (in) - Armen Hovhannisyan (out) (Armenia)
  • 78" Vahan Bichakhchyan (Armenia) takes the free-kick.
  • 78" Vahan Bichakhchyan (Armenia) has a shot blocked.
  • 79" Edgar Movsesyan (Armenia) misses the target.
  • 81" Jack Taylor (in) - Gavin Kilkenny (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 81" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Albert Khachumyan (Armenia).
  • 86" Vahan Bichakhchyan (Armenia) has an attempt on goal.
  • 86" Gavin Bazunu (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 86" Aidan Keena (in) - Adam Idah (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 87" Jack Taylor (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 87" Jack Taylor (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 88" Vahan Bichakhchyan (Armenia) delivers the corner.
  • 89" Hovhannes Nazaryan (Armenia) misses the target.
  • 90+2" Vahan Bichakhchyan (Armenia) takes the corner.
  • 90+2" Rudik Mkrtchyan (Armenia) has an effort on goal.
  • 90+2" Gavin Bazunu (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Armenia
  • Republic of Ireland

Corners Won

2 7

Shots on Target

2 8

Shots off Target

2 7

Fouls Committed

10 12
  • Armenia

    Republic of Ireland

  • 0Goals1
  • 2Yellow Card(s)1
  • 0Red Card(s)1
  • 2Shots on Goal8
  • 2Shots Wide7
  • 1Shot(s) Blocked4
  • 7Save(s)2
  • 5Total Shots19
  • 10Fouls Committed12
  • 2Corner(s)7
  • 1Offside(s)3