Bulgaria 0 - 2 Republic of Ireland | 2022 - UEFA Under-19 Championship | 2031178

UEFA European Under-19 Championship | Albena 1, Albena
16 November 2021 - 00:00 (14:30 local time)

Bulgaria 0 - 2 Republic of Ireland

full-time Kenny(24pen) Roughan(82)
Bulgaria Republic of Ireland

REPORT | Bulgaria MU19 0-2 Ireland MU19

The Republic of Ireland Men’s Under-19s are through to the Elite round of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifiers following their 2-0 win over Bulgaria on Tuesday afternoon.
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A Johnny Kenny penalty in the first half and a thunderous strike from Sean Roughlan in the second - both created by the excellent Sinclair Armstrong - was enough to see Ireland progress to the next stage of qualification having finished joint top of Group 6, albeit second on goal difference.

Manager Tom Mohan made four changes to his side that started their 1-1 with Bosnia & Herzegovina on Saturday as Bosun Lawal, Tayo Adaramola, Val Adedokun, Andrew Moran dropped out and they were replaced by David Okagbue, Sean Roughlan, Aidomo Emakhu, and Cian Hayes.

The young Boys in Green knew they only needed a draw to secure the place in the next round but they started this game on the front foot although Kenny and Jack Henry-Francis failed to trouble the goalkeeper with their efforts early on.

The visitors would finally grab the opening goal that their dominance deserved midway through the first period as Armstong was bundled over inside the penalty by Dyulgerov, which allowed Sligo Rovers’ Johnny Kenny to expertly drill his spot-kick into the bottom left corner.

The Irish had further openings to add to their lead before the half-time break but Armstrong just overhit his pass as he tried to send Aidomo Emakhu through on goal before Cian Hayes blasted over after his quick feet in the box created space for the shot.

They remained the better team throughout the second 45 as Armstrong continued to cause the defence problems.

The Torquay United striker, who is on loan from Queens Park Rangers, saw two attempts denied by keeper Hristiyan Georgiev Slavkov just past the hour mark before he soon sent Henry-Francis’ layoff curling past the far top right corner.

Ireland restricted Bulgaria to very few genuine sights at goal although forward Martin Sorakov looked like he was certain to snatch an equaliser in the 80th minute but captain Anselmo Garcia MacNulty produced a sensational last-ditch tackle to deny him.

That proved to be decisive as a minute later Ireland sealed the win when Armstrong released Sean Roughlan and from a tight angle, the Lincoln City defender rifled the ball past Slavkov at his near post and into the roof of the net.

Speaking after the game, MU19 Head Coach Tom Mohan said: "I'm delighted for the players and staff. They have worked incredibly hard and they deserve to qualify. The logistics to get here were difficult and we were up against tough opposition over the three games.

"I'm so happy to qualify for the Elite Round. A lot of these players missed the Elite Round at the Under-17 age group so to get the job done and go into the next phase of qualification next year is all down to the brilliant work of the players and staff."

Bulgaria: Slavkov; Pemperski, Georgiev (Bornosuzov ht), Hristov, Boev; Tsonchev, Dyulgerov, Stoichkov (Petrov 87), Dobrev (Trenchev 87); Marinov (Iliev ht), Sorakov.

Republic of Ireland: Doherty; Abankwah (Curtis 85), Okagbue, Garcia MacNulty, Roughlan; Henry-Francis (Corbally 90), McJannet; Kenny (Zefi 75), Emakhu (Moran ht), Hayes (Caffrey ht); Armstrong.

Referee: Denys Shurman (Ukraine).

Tactical Lineups

Bulgaria

12 Slavkov (G) 2 Boev 3 Hristov (C) 7 Sorakov 8 Dyulgerov 11 Marinov 13 Pemperski 15 Georgiev 16 Dobrev 18 Stoichkov 21 Tsonchev

Substitutes

  • 1 Ivan Andonov (G)
  • 5 Panayot Veselov Paskov
  • 9 Yoan Atanasov Bornosuzov
  • 10 Nikola Iliev
  • 14 Valentin Nikolov
  • 17 Martin Plamenov Stoychev
  • 19 Hristo Petrov Petrov
  • 22 Kristiyan Vasilev Trenchev

Coach

Angel Stoykov

Republic of Ireland

16 Doherty (G) 2 Abankwah 5 Garcia MacNulty (C) 6 McJannet 7 Kenny 8 Henry-Francis 9 Armstrong 12 Okagbue 13 Roughan 19 Emakhu 20 Hayes

Coach

Tom Mohan

Officials

  • Referee Denys Shurman
  • Assistant Referees Oleksandr Berkut
  • UEFA Delegate Roxana Berceanu
  • Assistant Referee Two Anders Olav Dale
  • Fourth Official Kai Erik Steen
  • Referee Observer Mehmet Ilgaz

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • 1" The match is under way.
  • 1" Aidomo Emakhu (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 1" Hristiyan Georgiev Slavkov (Bulgaria) blocks a shot.
  • 2" Johnny Kenny (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 4" Martin Georgiev (Bulgaria) is penalised for a foul on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 4" Jack Henry-Francis (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 6" Stanislav Dyulgerov (Bulgaria) is penalised for a foul on Sean Roughan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 6" Jack Henry-Francis (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 8" Stoyan Krastev Stoichkov (Bulgaria) misses the target.
  • 10" Martin Hristov Hristov (Bulgaria) is penalised for a foul on Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland).
  • 10" Martin Hristov Hristov (Bulgaria) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 11" Sean Roughan (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 11" Sean Roughan (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 12" Jack Henry-Francis (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 19" Stanislav Dyulgerov (Bulgaria) is penalised for a foul on Edward McJannet (Republic of Ireland).
  • 24" Stanislav Dyulgerov (Bulgaria) is penalised for a foul on Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland).
  • 24" Johnny Kenny (Republic of Ireland) scores from the penalty spot.
  • 29" Aidomo Emakhu (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 33" Stoyan Krastev Stoichkov (Bulgaria) takes the corner.
  • 35" Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 41" Cian Hayes (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 42" Stanislav Dyulgerov (Bulgaria) is penalised for a foul on Johnny Kenny (Republic of Ireland).
  • 43" Cian Hayes (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • 46" The second half begins.
  • 46" Yoan Atanasov Bornosuzov (in) - Martin Georgiev (out) (@@teamID)
  • 46" Nikola Iliev (in) - Miroslav Kalinov Marinov (out) (@@teamID)
  • 46" Andrew Moran (in) - Aidomo Emakhu (out) (@@teamID)
  • 46" Evan Caffrey (in) - Cian Hayes (out) (@@teamID)
  • 49" Johnny Kenny (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Stoyan Krastev Stoichkov (Bulgaria).
  • 50" Johnny Kenny (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Steliyan Plamenov Dobrev (Bulgaria).
  • 53" Stanislav Dyulgerov (Bulgaria) is penalised for a foul on Evan Caffrey (Republic of Ireland).
  • 54" Edward McJannet (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 55" Yoan Atanasov Bornosuzov (Bulgaria) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 55" Anselmo Garcia MacNulty (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Hristiyan Georgiev Slavkov (Bulgaria).
  • 55" Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Anastas Pemperski (Bulgaria).
  • 58" Nikola Iliev (Bulgaria) is penalised for a foul on Johnny Kenny (Republic of Ireland).
  • 60" Sean Roughan (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 60" Hristiyan Georgiev Slavkov (Bulgaria) blocks a shot.
  • 61" Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 61" Hristiyan Georgiev Slavkov (Bulgaria) blocks a shot.
  • 61" Andrew Moran (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Plamen Tsonchev (Bulgaria).
  • 61" Andrew Moran (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 62" Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Anastas Pemperski (Bulgaria).
  • 66" Stoyan Krastev Stoichkov (Bulgaria) is penalised for a foul on Edward McJannet (Republic of Ireland).
  • 67" Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 69" Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 69" Hristiyan Georgiev Slavkov (Bulgaria) blocks a shot.
  • 69" Yoan Atanasov Bornosuzov (Bulgaria) has a shot blocked.
  • 73" Anselmo Garcia MacNulty (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Yoan Atanasov Bornosuzov (Bulgaria).
  • 74" Stanislav Dyulgerov (Bulgaria) takes the free-kick.
  • 75" Kevin Zefi (in) - Johnny Kenny (out) (@@teamID)
  • 75" David Okagbue (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Yoan Atanasov Bornosuzov (Bulgaria).
  • 76" Stoyan Krastev Stoichkov (Bulgaria) takes the free-kick.
  • 76" Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Velislav Petrov Boev (Bulgaria).
  • 78" Plamen Tsonchev (Bulgaria) is flagged for offside.
  • 78" Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Anastas Pemperski (Bulgaria).
  • 81" Stanislav Dyulgerov (Bulgaria) is penalised for a foul on Kevin Zefi (Republic of Ireland).
  • 81" Stanislav Dyulgerov (Bulgaria) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 82" Sean Roughan (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 82" Sinclair Armstrong (Republic of Ireland) assists.
  • 83" Evan Caffrey (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 85" Sam Curtis (in) - James Abankwah (out) (@@teamID)
  • 87" Andrew Moran (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 87" Kristiyan Vasilev Trenchev (in) - Steliyan Plamenov Dobrev (out) (@@teamID)
  • 87" Hristo Petrov Petrov (in) - Stoyan Krastev Stoichkov (out) (@@teamID)
  • 88" Andrew Moran (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 89" Sam Curtis (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 89" Edward McJannet (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 90" Kian Corbally (in) - Jack Henry-Francis (out) (@@teamID)
  • 90+2" Martin Sorakov (Bulgaria) has a shot blocked.
  • 90+2" Martin Sorakov (Bulgaria) takes the corner.
  • 90+2" Nikola Iliev (Bulgaria) has a shot blocked.
  • 90+3" Anselmo Garcia MacNulty (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Yoan Atanasov Bornosuzov (Bulgaria).
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Bulgaria
  • Republic of Ireland

Corners Won

2 2

Shots on Target

0 6

Shots off Target

1 5

Fouls Committed

10 11
  • Bulgaria

    Republic of Ireland

  • 0Goals2
  • 3Yellow Card(s)1
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 0Shots on Goal6
  • 1Shots Wide5
  • 3Shot(s) Blocked4
  • 4Save(s)0
  • 4Total Shots15
  • 10Fouls Committed11
  • 2Corner(s)2
  • 1Offside(s)1