Republic of Ireland 2 - 2 Poland | 2021 - UEFA Under-17 Championship | 2031098

UEFA European Under-17 Championship | Turner's Cross, Cork
13 October 2021 - 13:00

Poland 2 - 2 Republic of Ireland

Sławiński(12) Sławiński(20) full-time O'Mahony(27) Ferizaj(61)
Poland Republic of Ireland

REPORT | Ireland MU17 2-2 Poland MU17

The Republic of Ireland fought back from two goals down to secure the draw they needed with Poland at Turner’s Cross on Wednesday afternoon to finish the UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2022 qualifying round top of their group.
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13th Oct 2021

Goals from Mark O’Mahony and Justin Ferizaj cancelled out Oliwier Slawinski’s first-half brace to ensure Ireland progressed to the Elite Round of qualification next spring as group winners ahead of Poland.

“It was a rollercoaster of a game today,” said manager Colin O’Brien shortly after full time.

“It was a really big test but we are delighted, we are absolutely delighted because we top the group.

“Our objective was to qualify and we secured that after two games but today was a bigger challenge and we knew that.

“Going two goals down but then coming back to get two goals shows that there is a bit of substance in the squad as well and that is really important going forward. We are delighted with the tournament as a whole and especially today.”

O’Brien made two changes from this side that defeated North Macedonia 2-0 on Sunday evening with Franco Umeh and Darius Lipsiuc coming in for Ferizaj and Trent Kone Doherty.

Ireland started brightly and they had two sights at goal in the opening minutes but Mark O’Mahony and Rocco Vata - the two players on the scoresheet last time out - sent their tame efforts from the edge of the penalty area straight at the goalkeeper.

The hosts suddenly found themselves trailing shortly before the quarter of an hour mark when Cathal Heffernan fouled striker Oliwier Slawinski inside the box. The Polish number four dusted himself down and slotted his spot-kick into the bottom corner to give his side the lead.

Poland almost made it 2-0 moments later but Tomasso Guercio could only lift his attempt over the bar as he raced clear one on one with the goalkeeper.

But the reprieve from an Irish point of view was all too brief as in the 20th minute Poland would double their advantage and it was that man Slawinski who got it as he cleverly shouldered Maciej Bochniak’s cross into the net from close range.

The Boys in Green would half that deficit in the 27th minute though when Mark O’Mahony pressed the keeper on the edge of the box and regained possession before rolling it into the back of the net on the turn for his third goal in as many games.

They were now in charge of proceedings and Umeh and Vata both went close either side of the half-time break but neither could hit the target with the strikes from distance.

Substitute Justin Ferizaj would show them how it’s done just past the hour mark as he made it 2-2 when he curled a sensational free from at least 25 yards out into the top left corner, giving the keeper absolutely no chance.

Ireland pressed forward as they looked for the goal that would complete a remarkable comeback and see them make it three wins out of three for this camp but it wasn’t to be although the point was enough to see them end Group Five in first place.

Republic of Ireland: Walsh; Curtis, Heffernan, Browne, O’Brien; Lipsuic (Ferizaj ht), McManus, Umeh (Kone Doherty 77; Vata, O’Mahony, Zefi.

Poland: Mendes-Dudzinski; Guercio, Kurzydlowski, Tudruj, Bockniak (Dziuba 91); Kalemba (Bernatowicz 70), Tomaszewski, Staniszewski; Masiak (Jedrasik 91), Slawinski, Terlecki (Gruszecki 73).

Referee: Sigurd Kringstad (Norway).

Tactical Lineups

Poland

12 Mendes-Dudziński (G)(C) 2 Staniszewski 4 Sławiński 5 Guercio 7 Bochniak 8 Kalemba 9 Tomaszewski 11 Masiak 14 Tudruj 16 Kurzydłowski 20 Terlecki

Substitutes

  • 1 Michał Matys (G)
  • 3 Krystian Derkacz
  • 6 Bartosz Bernatowicz
  • 10 Oliwier Wojciechowski
  • 13 Dawid Gruszecki
  • 15 Mateusz Dobosz
  • 17 Krystian Okoniewski
  • 18 Jakub Jędrasik
  • 19 Maksymilian Dziuba

Coach

Dariusz Gęsior

Republic of Ireland

1 Walsh (G) 2 Browne 3 O'Brien 4 Curtis 5 Heffernan (C) 7 Zefi 8 Mc Manus 9 O'Mahony 10 Vata 11 Umeh 15 Lipsiuc

Coach

Colin O'Brien

Officials

  • Referee Sigurd Kringstad
  • Assistant Referees Runar Langseth
  • UEFA Delegate Thórir Hákonarson
  • Assistant Referee Two Daniel Yng
  • Fourth Official Adam Ladebäck
  • Referee Observer Robert Schörgenhofer

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • 1" The match is under way.
  • 1" Mark O'Mahony (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 1" Marcel Mendes-Dudziński (Poland) blocks a shot.
  • 2" Luke O'Brien (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Kacper Masiak (Poland).
  • 3" James Mc Manus (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Kacper Masiak (Poland).
  • 4" Kacper Terlecki (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Cathal Heffernan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 4" Rocco Vata (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Tomasso Guercio (Poland).
  • 7" Jakub Staniszewski (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Kevin Zefi (Republic of Ireland).
  • 8" Mikołaj Tudruj (Poland) misses the target.
  • 9" Bartosz Tomaszewski (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Mark O'Mahony (Republic of Ireland).
  • 10" Rocco Vata (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 10" Marcel Mendes-Dudziński (Poland) blocks a shot.
  • 11" Cathal Heffernan (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Oliwier Sławiński (Poland).
  • 12" Oliwier Sławiński (Poland) scores!
  • 13" Tomasso Guercio (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Kevin Zefi (Republic of Ireland).
  • 17" Franco Umeh (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Kacper Terlecki (Poland).
  • 18" Tomasso Guercio (Poland) misses the target.
  • 20" Oliwier Sławiński (Poland) scores!
  • 20" Maciej Bochniak (Poland) assists.
  • 24" Jakub Staniszewski (Poland) is penalised for a foul on James Mc Manus (Republic of Ireland).
  • 25" Marcel Kalemba (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Kevin Zefi (Republic of Ireland).
  • 26" Oliwier Sławiński (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Kevin Zefi (Republic of Ireland).
  • 27" Sam Curtis (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Kacper Terlecki (Poland).
  • 27" Mark O'Mahony (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 29" Maciej Bochniak (Poland) takes the corner.
  • 29" Bartosz Tomaszewski (Poland) misses the target.
  • 30" Kacper Terlecki (Poland) has a shot blocked.
  • 32" James Mc Manus (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Kacper Terlecki (Poland).
  • 32" James Mc Manus (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 38" Franco Umeh (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 40" Oliwier Sławiński (Poland) has an effort on goal.
  • 40" Conor Walsh (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 41" Kevin Zefi (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 42" Tomasso Guercio (Poland) takes the corner.
  • 42" Tomasso Guercio (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Kevin Zefi (Republic of Ireland).
  • 42" Tomasso Guercio (Poland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 43" Kevin Zefi (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 43" Sam Curtis (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 44" Oliwier Sławiński (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Luke Browne (Republic of Ireland).
  • 44" Maciej Bochniak (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Franco Umeh (Republic of Ireland).
  • 45" Rocco Vata (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • 46" The second half begins.
  • 46" Justin Ferizaj (in) - Darius Lipsiuc (out) (@@teamID)
  • 47" Kacper Masiak (Poland) takes the corner.
  • 52" Kevin Zefi (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 53" Franco Umeh (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Maciej Bochniak (Poland).
  • 54" Tomasso Guercio (Poland) misses the target.
  • 55" Justin Ferizaj (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 55" Justin Ferizaj (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 55" Kevin Zefi (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 56" Justin Ferizaj (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 57" Mark O'Mahony (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 58" Kevin Zefi (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 59" Rocco Vata (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 60" Kacper Masiak (Poland) has an effort on goal.
  • 60" Conor Walsh (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 60" Marcel Kalemba (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Franco Umeh (Republic of Ireland).
  • 61" Justin Ferizaj (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 61" Justin Ferizaj (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 61" Justin Ferizaj (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 66" Luke O'Brien (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Oliwier Sławiński (Poland).
  • 66" Luke O'Brien (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 68" Maciej Bochniak (Poland) takes the free-kick.
  • 68" Maciej Bochniak (Poland) misses the target.
  • 69" Rocco Vata (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 70" Bartosz Bernatowicz (in) - Marcel Kalemba (out) (@@teamID)
  • 71" Mark O'Mahony (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 71" Marcel Mendes-Dudziński (Poland) blocks a shot.
  • 74" Dawid Gruszecki (in) - Kacper Terlecki (out) (@@teamID)
  • 76" Kacper Masiak (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Sam Curtis (Republic of Ireland).
  • 77" Trent Kone Doherty (in) - Franco Umeh (out) (@@teamID)
  • 79" Kacper Masiak (Poland) takes the corner.
  • 79" Miłosz Kurzydłowski (Poland) has an effort on goal.
  • 79" Conor Walsh (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 80" Oliwier Sławiński (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Cathal Heffernan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 81" Cathal Heffernan (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 81" Oliwier Sławiński (Poland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 83" Kevin Zefi (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 83" Justin Ferizaj (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 83" Marcel Mendes-Dudziński (Poland) blocks a shot.
  • 85" Mark O'Mahony (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 86" Kevin Zefi (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 86" Marcel Mendes-Dudziński (Poland) blocks a shot.
  • 87" Justin Ferizaj (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Kacper Masiak (Poland).
  • 90" Kevin Zefi (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Oliwier Sławiński (Poland).
  • 90" Kevin Zefi (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 90+1" Kacper Masiak (Poland) takes the corner.
  • 90+1" Maksymilian Dziuba (in) - Maciej Bochniak (out) (@@teamID)
  • 90+1" Jakub Jędrasik (in) - Kacper Masiak (out) (@@teamID)
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Poland
  • Republic of Ireland

Corners Won

5 6

Shots on Target

5 7

Shots off Target

5 6

Fouls Committed

13 11
  • Poland

    Republic of Ireland

  • 2Goals2
  • 2Yellow Card(s)4
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 5Shots on Goal7
  • 5Shots Wide6
  • 1Shot(s) Blocked4
  • 5Save(s)3
  • 11Total Shots17
  • 13Fouls Committed11
  • 5Corner(s)6
  • 0Offside(s)0