Republic of Ireland 3 - 0 Kosovo | 2018 - UEFA Under-19 Championship | 2023676

UEFA Under-19 Championship | Rio Ave, Vila do Conde
24 March 2018 - 15:00 (local time)

Republic of Ireland 3 - 0 Kosovo

Obafemi(5) L. O'Connor(13) Roache(54) Full-time
Republic of Ireland Kosovo

Ireland U19: Attacking trio score in Kosovo win

The Republic of Ireland Under-19s kept their hopes alive of qualifying for the 2018 UEFA Under-19 European Championship with an excellent 3-0 win over Kosovo in the Elite Round.
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24th Mar 2018

Two goals inside the first 15-minutes from Michael Obafemi and Lee O'Connor gave Tom Mohan's side the perfect start, before Rowan Roache scored the third early in the second-half.

Mohan made five changes to the team that drew with Slovakia and the changes had an immediate impact with Obafemi scoring smartly inside the first five minutes.

O'Connor scored in the 13th-minute, lifting the ball over Kosovo goalkeeper Flamur Gashi to give Ireland a two-goal lead.

Roache put the game out of sight, nine minutes into the second-half, after he scored from close range from an Obafemi cross.

The team return to action on Tuesday evening against Portugal knowing a win could be enough to send them through to the 2018 UEFA Under-19 European Championship later this year.

Republic of Ireland: Mark Travers; Daniel McKenna (Aaron Connolly 70), Jordan Doherty (Callum Nicell 85), Dara O’Shea (capt), Tyreke Wilson; Stephen Mallon (Rian O'Sullivan 76), James Finnerty, Thomas O’Connor; Lee O’Connor, Michael Obafemi, Rowan Roache

Kosovo: Flamur Gashi; Çlirim Reqica, Abit Salihu, Ismajl Beka, Loti Celina; Adrijan Behrami (Rrahim Nimani 63), Edison Kqiku; Ismet Sinani, Gentrit Limani, Lirim Kastrati (Liridon Balaj 89); Leutrim Kryeziu (capt)

Referee: Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE)

Ireland U19: Mohan preparing for "two cup finals"

Republic of Ireland Under-19 Head Coach Tom Mohan has said his side face "two cup finals" in their final two matches of the 2018 UEFA Under-19 Championship Elite Round.
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23rd Mar 2018

Ireland drew 1-1 against Slovakia on Wednesday afternoon, and face Kosovo on Saturday knowing a win is needed to keep hopes of reaching 2018 UEFA Under-19 Championship in Finland alive.

Kosovo lost 5-0 to Portugal on Wednesday, and Mohan says the scoreline wasn't reflective of the game.

"They conceded two of the goals in injury time. They are a well-organised side, and have quality players in attack that can hurt us."

With Slovakia playing Portugal on Saturday afternoon, Mohan knows a positive result against Kosovo can put pressure on both sides.

"At the moment we are only focusing on the Kosovo game, but we know the importance of a positive result."

Mohan has reported a clean bill of health in his squad ahead of the match, but will have to make one enforced change from Wednesday's starting lineup.

Jonathan Afolabi is unavailable for the game. The striker picked up a yellow card against Slovakia and will miss the game through suspension.

2018 UEFA Under-19 Championship Elite Round
Republic of Ireland v Kosovo, Estádio dos Arcos, Vila do Conde, 3pm (3pm Irish time)

Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

1 Travers (G) 2 McKenna 3 Wilson 4 O'Shea (C) 6 T. O'Connor 7 L. O'Connor 12 Finnerty 15 Doherty 17 Mallon 19 Obafemi 20 Roache

Kosovo

1 Gashi (G) 2 Celina 4 Beka 5 Salihu 9 Kryeziu (C) 10 Limani 11 L.M. Kastrati 13 Behrami 18 Kqiku 19 Reqica 20 Sinani

Substitutes

  • 12 Ardrit Miftari (G)
  • 6 Arlind Ademi
  • 8 Dardan Dakaj
  • 14 Liridon Balaj
  • 15 Rilind Nimani
  • 16 Rrahim Nimani
  • 17 Alban Shabani

Officials

  • Referee Anastasios Papapetrou
  • Assistant Referee Vasilios Kampouris
  • Assistant Referee Alvaro Mesquita
  • 4th Referee Rui Filipe Oliveira
  • Uefa Delegate Manuel Mejuto González
  • Referee Observer Manuel Mejuto González

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 2" Tyreke Wilson (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Ismet Sinani (Kosovo).
  • 4" Daniel McKenna (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Lirim Kastrati (Kosovo).
  • 5" Michael Obafemi (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 7" Lirim Kastrati (Kosovo) misses the target.
  • 9" Michael Obafemi (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 13" Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 15" Ismet Sinani (Kosovo) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 16" Leutrim Kryeziu (Kosovo) fouls.
  • 19" Adrijan Behrami (Kosovo) is penalised for a foul on Stephen Mallon (Republic of Ireland).
  • 20" James Finnerty (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Leutrim Kryeziu (Kosovo).
  • 20" James Finnerty (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 21" Lirim Kastrati (Kosovo) takes the free-kick.
  • 21" Leutrim Kryeziu (Kosovo) has an attempt on goal.
  • 21" Mark Travers (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 22" Jordan Doherty (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 26" Edison Kqiku (Kosovo) is penalised for a foul on Jordan Doherty (Republic of Ireland).
  • 28" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Ismet Sinani (Kosovo).
  • 30" Çlirim Reqica (Kosovo) fouls.
  • 30" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 31" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 32" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Çlirim Reqica (Kosovo).
  • 35" Lirim Kastrati (Kosovo) is flagged for offside.
  • 36" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Lirim Kastrati (Kosovo).
  • 37" Ismet Sinani (Kosovo) misses the target.
  • 38" Adrijan Behrami (Kosovo) fouls.
  • 39" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 39" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 40" Abit Salihu (Kosovo) is penalised for a foul on Michael Obafemi (Republic of Ireland).
  • 44" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Leutrim Kryeziu (Kosovo).
  • 45" Adrijan Behrami (Kosovo) fouls.
  • 45+1" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 45+1" James Finnerty (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 45+2" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Adrijan Behrami (Kosovo).
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 47" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 47" Flamur Gashi (Kosovo) blocks a shot.
  • 49" Lirim Kastrati (Kosovo) is flagged for offside.
  • 52" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 54" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 55" Ismet Sinani (Kosovo) has an attempt on goal.
  • 55" Mark Travers (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 58" Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Lirim Kastrati (Kosovo).
  • 59" Edison Kqiku (Kosovo) takes the free-kick.
  • 59" Abit Salihu (Kosovo) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 59" Michael Obafemi (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 59" Flamur Gashi (Kosovo) blocks a shot.
  • 60" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 61" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 61" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 62" Lirim Kastrati (Kosovo) has a shot blocked.
  • 62" Michael Obafemi (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 63" Lirim Kastrati (Kosovo) has a shot blocked.
  • 63" Rrahim Nimani (in) - Adrijan Behrami (out) (Kosovo)
  • 64" Edison Kqiku (Kosovo) is penalised for a foul on Daniel McKenna (Republic of Ireland).
  • 67" Daniel McKenna (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Lirim Kastrati (Kosovo).
  • 68" Lirim Kastrati (Kosovo) takes the free-kick.
  • 70" Aaron Connolly (in) - Daniel McKenna (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 70" Gentrit Limani (Kosovo) has an attempt on goal.
  • 70" Mark Travers (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 70" Lirim Kastrati (Kosovo) takes the corner.
  • 73" Ismet Sinani (Kosovo) fouls.
  • 73" Ismet Sinani (Kosovo) is shown a yellow card.
  • 76" Rian O'Sullivan (in) - Stephen Mallon (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 77" Ismajl Beka (Kosovo) is penalised for a foul on Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland).
  • 77" Ismajl Beka (Kosovo) is booked.
  • 78" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 78" Thomas O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 79" Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Lirim Kastrati (Kosovo).
  • 81" Edison Kqiku (Kosovo) fouls.
  • 83" Abit Salihu (Kosovo) is penalised for a foul on Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland).
  • 85" Callum Nicell Galbraith (in) - Jordan Doherty (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 86" Lirim Kastrati (Kosovo) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Lee O'Connor (Republic of Ireland).
  • 89" Liridon Balaj (in) - Lirim Kastrati (out) (Kosovo)
  • 90" Leutrim Kryeziu (Kosovo) fouls.
  • 90+1" Rilind Nimani (in) - Gentrit Limani (out) (Kosovo)
  • 90+2" Dara O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Liridon Balaj (Kosovo).
  • 90+3" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • 2608698

Corners Won

6 1

Shots on Target

5 3

Shots off Target

1 2

Fouls Committed

14 14
  • Republic of Ireland

    2608698

  • 3Goals0
  • 1Yellow Card(s)2
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 5Shots on Goal3
  • 1Shots Wide2
  • 1Shot(s) Blocked2
  • 3Save(s)2
  • 7Total Shots7
  • 14Fouls Committed14
  • 6Corner(s)1
  • 3Offside(s)4