Republic of Ireland 3 - 2 Montenegro | 2022 - UEFA Under-19 Championship | 2031126

UEFA European Under-19 Championship | Druzhba, Dobrich, Bulgaria
10 November 2021 - 12:00 (14:30 local time)

Republic of Ireland 3 - 2 Montenegro

Armstrong(52) Kenny(56) Armstrong(77) Curtis(90+1) full-time Dašić(90+2)
Republic of Ireland Montenegro

MU19 | Ireland MU19 3-2 Montenegro MU19

The Republic of Ireland survived a late scare to begin their Group 6 campaign of the UEFA Under-19 Championship Qualifiers with a win as they overcame Montenegro 3-2 in Druzhba, Dobrich, Bulgaria on Tuesday afternoon.
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A superb brace from Sinclair Armstrong and a neat finish from Johnny Kenny all in the second half saw Ireland lead 3-0 heading into the closing stages with Montenegro scoring two goals in injury time.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was the first competitive action for Tom Mohan’s side’s in almost two years, although they did face Sweden in two friendlies games in Marbella, Spain last month where they were held to 2-2 and 1-1 draws.

Ireland started brightly but despite forcing a number of corners early on, it was their goalkeeper Dan Rose that was forced into making the first save to deny Dinovic Ognjen.

Sinclair Armstrong impressed throughout and he had the Boys in Green’s two best sights at goal in the first half but he failed to hit the target with either of his efforts.

But it would prove to be a case of third time lucky as the forward, who is currently with Torquay United on loan from Queens Park Rangers, gave the Irish the lead with 52 minutes on the clock with a composed left foot finish at the end of a surging run.

They would double their lead just four minutes later when Sligo Rovers' Johnny Kenny fired home after Bosun Lawal knocked a well worked free kick across the goal and into his path before Armstrong grabbed his second and his side’s third after 77 minutes.

But Montenegro, to their credit, battled until the final whistle and a Sam Curis own goal followed swiftly by Dasic finding the net - both in injury time - just wasn't enough to snatch them a point.

Ireland’s next game sees them take on Bosnia & Herzegovina on Saturday (November 13) before they finish up their qualification group against hosts Bulgaria on Tuesday (November 16).

Republic of Ireland: Dan Rose, James Abankwah (David Okagbue 90), Tayo Adaramola, Bosun Lawal, Anselmo Garcia MacNulty (Sam Curtis 86), Ed McJannet, Johnny Kenny, Jack Henry-Francis (Kian Corbally 86), Sinclair Armstrong (Kevin Zefi 86), Evan Caffrey (Aidomo Emakhu 72), Andrew Moran.

Montenegro: Ivezi Nikola, Adzic Bojan, Dinovic Ognjen, Bozovic Nemanja, Vukotic Nikola, Dukanovic Viktor (Aleksi Cetkovic 90), Bajovic Andrej, Krivokapic Matija (Eldin Rastoder 61), Bakic Ognjen (Damjan Mugosa 82), Mijovic Lazar, Vukovic Dusan (Jovan Dasic 90).

Kai Erik Steen (Norway)

UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifiers, Group 6 – all kick-offs are Irish time 

Saturday, November 13 | Republic of Ireland MU19 v Bosnia & Herzegovina MU19, Druzhba, Dobrich, Bulgaria, KO 12.30pm 

Tuesday, November 16 | Bulgaria MU19 v Republic of Ireland MU19, Albena 1, Albena, Bulgaria, KO 12.30pm 

Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

1 Rose (G) 2 Abankwah 3 Adaramola 4 Lawal (C) 5 Garcia MacNulty 6 McJannet 7 Kenny 8 Henry-Francis 9 Armstrong 10 Caffrey 11 Moran

Coach

Tom Mohan

Montenegro

1 Ivezić (G) 2 Adžić 3 Đinović 4 Božović 5 Vukotić 7 Đukanović 8 Bajović 9 Krivokapić 10 Bakić 11 Mijović (C) 18 Vuković

Substitutes

  • 12 Alan Spahić (G)
  • 6 Jovan Dašić
  • 14 Aleksa Ćetković
  • 15 Ljubomir Pejović
  • 16 Damjan Dakić
  • 17 Eldin Rastoder
  • 19 Damjan Mugoša
  • 20 Filip Radojičić
  • 23 Balša Vukotić

Coach

Slobodan Drašković

Officials

  • Referee Kai Erik Steen
  • Assistant Referees Anders Olav Dale
  • UEFA Delegate Mehmet Ilgaz
  • Assistant Referee Two Hristo Hadzhiyski
  • Fourth Official Georgi Ginchev
  • Referee Observer Mehmet Ilgaz

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • 1" The match is under way.
  • 1" Lazar Mijović (Montenegro) is penalised for a foul on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 3" Andrew Moran (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 4" Omotayo Adaramola (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 6" Omotayo Adaramola (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 7" Ognjen Đinović (Montenegro) has an effort on goal.
  • 7" Daniel Rose (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 7" Lazar Mijović (Montenegro) has a shot blocked.
  • 7" Viktor Đukanović (Montenegro) has a shot blocked.
  • 7" Nikola Vukotić (Montenegro) is penalised for a foul on Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland).
  • 10" Edward McJannet (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Matija Krivokapić (Montenegro).
  • 10" Dušan Vuković (Montenegro) takes the free-kick.
  • 11" Evan Caffrey (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 13" Johnny Kenny (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 14" Lazar Mijović (Montenegro) is penalised for a foul on James Abankwah (Republic of Ireland).
  • 15" Ognjen Đinović (Montenegro) is penalised for a foul on Johnny Kenny (Republic of Ireland).
  • 17" Andrew Moran (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 19" Omotayo Adaramola (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 19" Andrew Moran (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 20" Omotayo Adaramola (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 20" Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 22" Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 25" Edward McJannet (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Matija Krivokapić (Montenegro).
  • 27" Andrej Bajović (Montenegro) is penalised for a foul on Andrew Moran (Republic of Ireland).
  • 28" Nemanja Božović (Montenegro) is penalised for a foul on Evan Caffrey (Republic of Ireland).
  • 29" Viktor Đukanović (Montenegro) is penalised for a foul on Omotayo Adaramola (Republic of Ireland).
  • 30" Dušan Vuković (Montenegro) is penalised for a foul on Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland).
  • 30" Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 31" Viktor Đukanović (Montenegro) is penalised for a foul on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 31" Nemanja Božović (Montenegro) is penalised for a foul on Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland).
  • 32" Andrew Moran (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 32" Andrew Moran (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 34" Bojan Adžić (Montenegro) is penalised for a foul on Edward McJannet (Republic of Ireland).
  • 35" James Abankwah (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Dušan Vuković (Montenegro).
  • 36" Mohammed Olabosun Lawal (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Matija Krivokapić (Montenegro).
  • 37" Johnny Kenny (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 38" Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Ognjen Đinović (Montenegro).
  • 40" Anselmo Garcia MacNulty (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Viktor Đukanović (Montenegro).
  • 40" Anselmo Garcia MacNulty (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 43" Dušan Vuković (Montenegro) takes the corner.
  • 43" Nemanja Božović (Montenegro) is penalised for a foul on Andrew Moran (Republic of Ireland).
  • 45+2" Lazar Mijović (Montenegro) is penalised for a foul on Edward McJannet (Republic of Ireland).
  • 45+3" Ognjen Đinović (Montenegro) is penalised for a foul on Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland).
  • 45+4" Edward McJannet (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • 46" The second half begins.
  • 46" Edward McJannet (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 47" Lazar Mijović (Montenegro) is penalised for a foul on James Abankwah (Republic of Ireland).
  • 49" Andrew Moran (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 50" Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Andrej Bajović (Montenegro).
  • 52" Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Nemanja Božović (Montenegro).
  • 52" Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 55" Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 55" Matija Krivokapić (Montenegro) is penalised for a foul on Omotayo Adaramola (Republic of Ireland).
  • 55" Matija Krivokapić (Montenegro) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 56" Evan Caffrey (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 56" Johnny Kenny (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 56" Mohammed Olabosun Lawal (Republic of Ireland) assists.
  • 58" Viktor Đukanović (Montenegro) is penalised for a foul on Anselmo Garcia MacNulty (Republic of Ireland).
  • 58" Viktor Đukanović (Montenegro) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 58" Andrew Moran (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 58" Nikola Ivezić (Montenegro) blocks a shot.
  • 59" Bojan Adžić (Montenegro) is penalised for a foul on Andrew Moran (Republic of Ireland).
  • 60" Andrew Moran (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 60" Bojan Adžić (Montenegro) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 61" Edward McJannet (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 61" Eldin Rastoder (in) - Matija Krivokapić (out) (@@teamID)
  • 64" James Abankwah (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Eldin Rastoder (Montenegro).
  • 64" Dušan Vuković (Montenegro) takes the free-kick.
  • 65" Dušan Vuković (Montenegro) takes the corner.
  • 65" Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Ognjen Đinović (Montenegro).
  • 65" Johnny Kenny (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 66" Dušan Vuković (Montenegro) takes the corner.
  • 67" Lazar Mijović (Montenegro) takes the corner.
  • 68" Bojan Adžić (Montenegro) is penalised for a foul on Andrew Moran (Republic of Ireland).
  • 71" Lazar Mijović (Montenegro) is penalised for a foul on Edward McJannet (Republic of Ireland).
  • 72" Viktor Đukanović (Montenegro) is flagged for offside.
  • 72" Aidomo Emakhu (in) - Evan Caffrey (out) (@@teamID)
  • 74" Ognjen Bakić (Montenegro) is penalised for a foul on Edward McJannet (Republic of Ireland).
  • 74" Johnny Kenny (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 75" Edward McJannet (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 76" Edward McJannet (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Ognjen Bakić (Montenegro).
  • 76" Lazar Mijović (Montenegro) is flagged for offside.
  • 77" Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 77" Johnny Kenny (Republic of Ireland) assists.
  • 79" Omotayo Adaramola (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Viktor Đukanović (Montenegro).
  • 79" Lazar Mijović (Montenegro) is flagged for offside.
  • 82" Damjan Mugoša (in) - Ognjen Bakić (out) (@@teamID)
  • 83" Andrew Moran (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 83" Johnny Kenny (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 84" Edward McJannet (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 84" Jack Henry-Francis (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Viktor Đukanović (Montenegro).
  • 86" Johnny Kenny (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 86" Aidomo Emakhu (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 86" Sam Curtis (in) - Anselmo Garcia MacNulty (out) (@@teamID)
  • 86" Kian Corbally (in) - Jack Henry-Francis (out) (@@teamID)
  • 87" Kevin Zefi (in) - Sinclair Armstrong (out) (@@teamID)
  • 90+1" Sam Curtis (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 90+1" Aleksa Ćetković (in) - Viktor Đukanović (out) (@@teamID)
  • 90+2" Jovan Dašić (in) - Dušan Vuković (out) (@@teamID)
  • 90+2" Jovan Dašić (Montenegro) scores!
  • 90+2" David Okagbue (in) - James Abankwah (out) (@@teamID)
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Montenegro

Corners Won

10 4

Shots on Target

5 2

Shots off Target

5 0

Fouls Committed

14 21
  • Republic of Ireland

    Montenegro

  • 4Goals1
  • 3Yellow Card(s)3
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 5Shots on Goal2
  • 5Shots Wide0
  • 5Shot(s) Blocked2
  • 1Save(s)1
  • 15Total Shots4
  • 14Fouls Committed21
  • 10Corner(s)4
  • 3Offside(s)3