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UEFA Under-17 ChampionshipFinal Tournament - Group Stage | Pomorac Kostrena, Kostrena
4 May 2017 - 16:30 (local time)

Serbia 1 - 0 Republic of Ireland

Gavrić(72) Full-time
Serbia Republic of Ireland

REPORT: Late goal sinks Ireland in U17EURO opener

Disappointment for Ireland Under 17’s in their UEFA European Under 17 Championship opener in Croatia as a late goal saw them beaten 1-0 by Serbia.
Ireland U17
4th May 2017

Colin O’Brien’s side went down to the Serbs in Kostrena as Zeljko Gavrić’s header eight minutes from time gave Serbia a vital three points.

Serbia had the lions share of possession in the opening period, with Ireland looking dangerous on the counter attack. Rowan Roache had Ireland’s best effort of the first half forcing Milos Gordic into a flying save from his 30 yard free kick.

Aaron Connolly was introduced by O’Brien at the interval and had an immediate impact. Connolly turned Aleksander Kostic inside out before a lunge by the Serbian defender took Ireland’s top scorer down. Referee Anastasios Papapetrou, however, waved away the furious appeals for a penalty from the Ireland players and supporters. 

Connolly again went close to breaking the deadlock after 65 minutes. Serbia could only half clear a long ball over the top. Connolly found space 20 yards from goal and his right footed effort came back off the post.

Disaster struck for Ireland late in the game when Zeljko Gavrić met Mateja Zuvic’s corner to head the ball clinically into the far corner.

Ireland continued to press but ultimately couldn’t restore parity with Sunday’s game against Bosnia & Herzegovina now more important than ever.

Speaking after the game, Ireland Head Coach Colin O’Brien said, “Overall I think a draw would have been a fair result. In the first half we were probably second best, but we were still in the game.  We were a bit too tentaive in the early stages until we settled a bit towards the end of the half. 

“Second half, for the first 20 minutes, I thought we were very, very good. We got into some positive positions and I think we should have had a penalty. Then we got done by a set play late in the game. 

“It’s this group’s first defeat since the beginning of the qualifying campaign. It’s important we stay together and work out a plan for Sunday’s game. That game has become really important because if we are going to try and progress in the tournament we are going to have to win.”

Serbia: 1. Gordić (GK); 2. Kostić, 4. Ilić, 6. Pavlović, 7 Janković, 8. Gavrić, 9. Stuparević , 10. Djerlek (C) (Zuvic 69’), 11. Nešković (Kokir 60), 16. Kamenović, 17. Vidosavljević (Tedic 36’)

Republic of Ireland: 1. Maher (GK); 3. Ledwidge, 4. Doherty (C), 5. Collins, 7. Nolan; 6. Bolger, 8. Thompson (Wright 64’), 9. Roache; 14. O'Farrell 10. Idah (Kavanagh 78’), 17. Kilkenny (Connolly 46’)

Referee: Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE)

Assistant referees: Jevgenijs Morozovs (LVA), Idan Yarkoni (ISR)

Fourth official: Tihomir Pejin (CRO)

Attendance – 482

Republic of Ireland Under 17 Squad - UEFA European Under 17 Championship

Goalkeepers: Brian Maher (St Patrick’s Athletic), Kian Clarke (Bohemians)

Defenders: Lee O’Connor (Manchester United), Kameron Ledwidge (St Kevin’s Boys), Nathan Collins (Cherry Orchard), Jordan Doherty (Sheffield United), Daryl Walsh (Waterford FC), Joe Redmond (Birmingham City) 

Midfielders: Aaron Bolger (Shamrock Rovers), Luke Nolan (St Patrick’s Athletic), Brandon Kavanagh (Bohemians), Richard O’Farrell (St Patrick’s Athletic), Gavin Kilkenny (Bournemouth), Callum Thompson (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Forwards: Rowan Roache (Blackpool), Adam Idah (College Corinthians), Aaron Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Tyreik Wright (Lakewood AFC) 

Fixtures/Results

Thursday, 4 May: Republic of Ireland 0-1 Serbia. Stadium Kostrena

Sunday 7 May: Republic of Ireland v Bosnia & Herzegovina, Stadium Kostrena, Kostrena, KO 15:30 Irish Time

Wednesday, 10 May: Republic of Ireland v Germany, Stadium Rujevica, Rijeka, KO 11:00 Irish Time, LIVE on Eurosport 1

VIDEO: O'Brien's side primed for U17EURO opener

Republic of Ireland set for UEFA European Under 17 Championship opener.
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3rd May 2017

Colin O’Brien’s Under 17’s open their UEFA European Under 17 Championship campaign in Kostrena tomorrow as they face Serbia.

The Republic of Ireland arrived by the Adriatic on Monday to continue preparations following a two-day training camp in Ireland prior to departure.

Ireland Under 17’s come into the competition in fine form following an impressive qualifying campaign that yielded six wins from six games, scoring 16 goals and keeping four clean sheets.

Speaking ahead of the group opener, Head Coach Colin O’Brien said, “Preparation has gone well so far. We’ve had one final pitch session today and we’re now ready to go for the Serbia game tomorrow. We’ve a couple of niggles, a couple of players to keep an eye on and make one or two decisions on before kick off. We’ll assess it today and then we’ll be able to make our final decision.”

Coming through two qualifying rounds unbeaten illustrated the ability and desire of O’Brien’s side, with the team aiming to make a huge impact at this tournament.

“The mood is great in the camp. This group of players are very mature. There is a very good team dynamic with them and a very good team spirit. They are all looking forward to this opportunity. We know the challenges that will be there in the group stages but we have got to be solely focussed on game one and take it from there,” O’Brien stated.

Qualifying for Croatia as a best runner-up in the Elite Round, Serbia will provide Ireland with a huge test in Thursday’s game. O’Brien is under no illustions as to the size of the task facing his side.

“Serbia will be a very big challenge. They are a good side with huge physicality right through the spine of the team. They have a pretty good mix, they can play a possession game or go direct and will be a big threat from set pieces.

“That being said, we’ve identified areas of their game we feel we can exploit and that is something we’ll be very focussed on,” he concluded.

Live minute-by-minute updates of Republic of Ireland v Serbia will be available on FAI.ie with further updates on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram throughout the day. Eurosport will also be showing the game live.

Republic of Ireland Under 17 Squad - UEFA European Under 17 Championship

Goalkeepers: Brian Maher (St Patrick’s Athletic), Kian Clarke (Bohemians)

Defenders: Lee O’Connor (Manchester United), Kameron Ledwidge (St Kevin’s Boys), Nathan Collins (Cherry Orchard), Jordan Doherty (Sheffield United), Daryl Walsh (Waterford FC), Joe Redmond (Birmingham City) 

Midfielders: Aaron Bolger (Shamrock Rovers), Luke Nolan (St Patrick’s Athletic), Brandon Kavanagh (Bohemians), Richard O’Farrell (St Patrick’s Athletic), Gavin Kilkenny (Bournemouth), Callum Thompson (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Forwards: Rowan Roache (Blackpool), Adam Idah (College Corinthians), Aaron Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Tyreik Wright (Lakewood AFC) 

Fixtures

Thursday, 4 May: Republic of Ireland v Serbia, Stadium Kostrena, KO 15:30 Irish Time, Live on Eurosport 

Sunday 7 May: Republic of Ireland v Bosnia & Herzegovina, Stadium Kostrena, Kostrena, KO 15:30 Irish Time

Wednesday, 10 May: Republic of Ireland v Germany, Stadium Rujevica, Rijeka, KO 11:00 Irish Time, LIVE on Eurosport 1

Match Statistics

  • Serbia
  • Republic of Ireland

Corners Won

8 2

Shots on Target

2 2

Shots off Target

3 3

Fouls Committed

14 10
  • Serbia

    Republic of Ireland

  • 1Goals0
  • 2Yellow Card(s)2
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 2Shots on Goal2
  • 3Shots Wide3
  • 3Shot(s) Blocked3
  • 2Save(s)1
  • 8Total Shots8
  • 14Fouls Committed10
  • 8Corner(s)2
  • 2Offside(s)3