Republic of Ireland 2 - 0 North Macedonia | 2021 - UEFA Under-17 Championship | 2031072

UEFA European Under-17 Championship | Turner's Cross, Cork
10 October 2021 - 19:00

Republic of Ireland 2 - 0 North Macedonia

Vata(31) O'Mahony(73) full-time
Republic of Ireland North Macedonia

REPORT | Ireland MU17 2-0 North Macedonia MU17

The Republic of Ireland have secured their progression to the UEFA Under-17 European Championship qualifying Elite Round with a game to spare as they deservedly defeated a tough North Macedonia side 2-0 at Turner’s Cross on Sunday.
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12th Oct 2021

In front of 925 local fans, a thunderbolt from Rocco Vata in the first half following by a supremely confident finish from Mark O’Mahony in the second period ensured the young Boys in Green made it two wins out of two to ease through to the next stage of the qualifiers ahead of their top of the group decider with Poland on Wednesday afternoon.

Head Coach Colin O’Brien made two changes to his starting eleven that impressively defeated Andorra 5-0 at this venue on Thursday night with O’Mahony and Trent Kone Doherty coming into the attack in place of Franco Umeh and Caden McLoughlin.

North Macedonia showed in their hard-fought 0-0 with a talented Poland side that same afternoon that they weren’t going to be an easy side to break down.

Ireland dominated proceedings but they found clear-cut goalscoring opportunities difficult to come by with the brilliant Kevin Zefi, Kone Doherty, and Justin Ferizaj all trying their luck from distance but neither of the three caused the visiting goalkeeper a real problem.

The hosts needed a moment of inspiration and in the 32nd minute, Rocco Vata provided it as from close to 25 yards, the Celtic playmaker unleashed a stunning strike that flew across the keeper and into the far top left corner to finally give his country the lead.

The visitors grew into the contest as the game progressed but it was the Irish that went closest to scoring the crucial second goal at the beginning of the second 45 but Cork City’s Cathal Heffernan sent a header crashing against the far post.

His clubmates would combine to seal the win in the 73rd minute when the recently introduced Franco Umeh teed up O’Mahony and after his first touch took the ball away from goal, the number nine smartly backheeled it past the keeper from close range.

Republic of Ireland: Walsh; Curtis, Heffernan, Browne, O’Brien; McManus, Vata (McLoughlin 80), Ferizaj; Kone Doherty (Umeh 72), O’Mahony, Zefi (Nolan 89).

North Macedonia: Stojanovikj; Janevski, Stojilevski, Markovski, Arizankoski; Zendelovski, Gjorgievski (Sulejman 88), Tairi; Stojanov, Nazifi, Elmas.

Referee: Adam Ladeback (Sweden).

Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

1 Walsh (G) 2 Browne 3 O'Brien 4 Curtis 5 Heffernan (C) 6 Ferizaj 7 Zefi 8 Mc Manus 9 O'Mahony 10 Vata 21 Kone Doherty

Coach

Colin O'Brien

North Macedonia

1 Stojanovikj (G) 3 Janevski 5 Stojilevski 6 Markovski 7 Stojanov 9 Nazifi 10 Gjorgievski (C) 11 Elmas 14 Arizankoski 18 Zendelovski 19 Tairi

Substitutes

  • 12 Samoil Talevski (G)
  • 2 Hadis Tairi
  • 4 Simeon Zdravkovski
  • 8 Amir Nuhija
  • 13 Anes Meljichi
  • 15 Umerfaruk Sulejman
  • 16 Stefan Todoroski
  • 17 Nikola Manojlov
  • 20 Azis Jamini

Coach

Toni Jakimoski

Officials

  • Referee Adam Ladebäck
  • Assistant Referees Daniel Yng
  • UEFA Delegate Thórir Hákonarson
  • Assistant Referee Two Aron Härsing
  • Fourth Official Joonas Jaanovits
  • Referee Observer Robert Schörgenhofer

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • 1" The match is under way.
  • 2" Kire Stojanov (North Macedonia) is penalised for a foul on Luke O'Brien (Republic of Ireland).
  • 3" Luke O'Brien (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 4" Mark O'Mahony (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 8" Muhamed Elmas (North Macedonia) is penalised for a foul on Justin Ferizaj (Republic of Ireland).
  • 9" Justin Ferizaj (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 15" Kire Stojanov (North Macedonia) is penalised for a foul on Kevin Zefi (Republic of Ireland).
  • 17" Justin Ferizaj (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Kire Stojanov (North Macedonia).
  • 24" Kevin Zefi (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 24" David Stojanovikj (North Macedonia) blocks a shot.
  • 24" Justin Ferizaj (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 25" Justin Ferizaj (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 25" David Stojanovikj (North Macedonia) blocks a shot.
  • 25" Luke O'Brien (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 25" Trent Kone Doherty (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 25" David Stojanovikj (North Macedonia) blocks a shot.
  • 31" Rocco Vata (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 40" Kevin Zefi (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 40" Kevin Zefi (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Matej Janevski (North Macedonia).
  • 43" Trent Kone Doherty (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 44" Justin Ferizaj (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Martin Gjorgievski (North Macedonia).
  • 45" Luke O'Brien (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 45+2" Kevin Zefi (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 45+4" Rocco Vata (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • 46" The second half begins.
  • 47" Muhamed Elmas (North Macedonia) is flagged for offside.
  • 47" Rocco Vata (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Adrian Zendelovski (North Macedonia).
  • 50" Lein Tairi (North Macedonia) has an effort on goal.
  • 50" Conor Walsh (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 50" Justin Ferizaj (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 51" Cathal Heffernan (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 51" David Stojanovikj (North Macedonia) blocks a shot.
  • 52" Muhamed Elmas (North Macedonia) misses the target.
  • 53" Kire Stojanov (North Macedonia) has a shot blocked.
  • 53" Martin Gjorgievski (North Macedonia) takes the corner.
  • 56" Marko Stojilevski (North Macedonia) is penalised for a foul on Mark O'Mahony (Republic of Ireland).
  • 56" Cathal Heffernan (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 57" James Mc Manus (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Muhamed Elmas (North Macedonia).
  • 58" Martin Gjorgievski (North Macedonia) takes the corner.
  • 61" Adrian Zendelovski (North Macedonia) is penalised for a foul on James Mc Manus (Republic of Ireland).
  • 63" Luke O'Brien (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 63" Cathal Heffernan (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 63" David Stojanovikj (North Macedonia) blocks a shot.
  • 64" Martin Gjorgievski (North Macedonia) is penalised for a foul on Rocco Vata (Republic of Ireland).
  • 65" Sam Curtis (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 65" Sam Curtis (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 66" Rocco Vata (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Martin Gjorgievski (North Macedonia).
  • 67" Justin Ferizaj (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 68" Kire Stojanov (North Macedonia) has a shot blocked.
  • 68" Kire Stojanov (North Macedonia) takes the corner.
  • 71" Justin Ferizaj (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 71" Franco Umeh (in) - Trent Kone Doherty (out) (@@teamID)
  • 72" Lein Tairi (North Macedonia) is penalised for a foul on Kevin Zefi (Republic of Ireland).
  • 72" Justin Ferizaj (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 73" Mark O'Mahony (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 73" Franco Umeh (Republic of Ireland) assists.
  • 74" Kevin Zefi (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Kire Stojanov (North Macedonia).
  • 79" Muhamed Elmas (North Macedonia) has a shot blocked.
  • 80" Caden Mc Loughlin (in) - Rocco Vata (out) (@@teamID)
  • 81" Kevin Zefi (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 82" Caden Mc Loughlin (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 85" Justin Ferizaj (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 88" Umerfaruk Sulejman (in) - Lein Tairi (out) (@@teamID)
  • 89" Caden Mc Loughlin (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 89" Alex Nolan (in) - Kevin Zefi (out) (@@teamID)
  • 90+1" Muhamed Elmas (North Macedonia) is penalised for a foul on James Mc Manus (Republic of Ireland).
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • North Macedonia

Corners Won

6 3

Shots on Target

7 1

Shots off Target

10 1

Fouls Committed

7 8
  • Republic of Ireland

    North Macedonia

  • 2Goals0
  • 0Yellow Card(s)0
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 7Shots on Goal1
  • 10Shots Wide1
  • 4Shot(s) Blocked3
  • 1Save(s)5
  • 21Total Shots5
  • 7Fouls Committed8
  • 6Corner(s)3
  • 1Offside(s)1