German defeat for Irish U17s at UEFA Elite qualifiers

German defeat for Irish U17s at UEFA Elite qualifiers

THE Republic of Ireland U17 side suffered a 3-0 loss to Germany in the UEFA Championships Elite qualifying round in Serbia this afternoon.
28th Mar 2014

Germany 3 Republic of Ireland 0

THE Republic of Ireland U17 side suffered a 3-0 loss to Germany in the UEFA Championships Elite qualifying round in Serbia this afternoon.

Tom Mohan's side went into the tie looking to record a victory to keep their qualification hopes alive but they suffered an early blow when they conceded a goal in the first minute with Max Besuschkow finding the net.

Shane Elworthy looked to give Ireland and early response and forced a save from German keeper Timo Königsmann in the fourth minute. 60 seconds later Elworthy was just off target with an attempt after connecting with a free-kick delivered by Conor Masteron.

Unfortunately Ireland's hopes of turning the game around shipped a major blow when Arianit Ferati extended the German lead after nine minutes.

Irish keeper Evan Moran then denied Ferati a third German goal in the 12th minute. Ten minutes later a Benjamin Henrichs corner came to Niclas Bahn but his shot was blocked.

Jesse Devers responded for Ireland in the 27th minute with an effort that drew a save from keeper Königsmann but less than a minute later Moran had to make a save from Bahn.

Königsmann was tested by Masterson in the 35th minute as Ireland pushed to grab a goal that would bring them back into the tie.

Germany upped the ante before the break and Moran made further saves to deny Bahn and Besuschkow.

Ireland's chances seemed to fade away when Phillipp Ochs grabbed a third German goal from a counterattack

Neither goalkeeper was troubled for long spells in the second half and Devers threatened a consolation goal in the 75th minute but his effort was blocked.

Moran made another stop from Besuschkow in the 77th minute and then made another impressive save to deny Benedikt Gimber in injury-time after Bahn delivered a corner.

Mohan said afterwards: "We were beaten fair and square so can have no complaints. We gave ourselves a mountain to climb conceding such an early goal. We may have grabbed an equaliser before they went and got the second, which was another blow.

"I have to give credit to our lads. They suffered a major blow early on but didn't collapse. They kept their composure and worked their way back into the game. We had a couple of one on one situations which were unfortunate not to produce a goal.

"Things were starting to come together for us when they scored the third goal. The Germans are a top class side and the players will learn a lot from this experience.

"We will regroup now and look to finish the group with a victory in our final fixture against the Georgians."

Ireland meet Georgia in their final fixture in Belgrade on Monday (2.00pm Irish).

GERMANY: Königsmann, Becker (Kammerbauer 58), Clasen, Pütz, Gimber, Bektic (Sauerland 64), Ferati (Aydogan 71), Henrichs, Ochs, Besuschkow, Bahn.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Moran, Walsh (Dolan 40), Breslin, McCourt, Best, McDonnell, Elworthy, Poynton, Duggan (Corkery 66), Masterson (Kinsella 55), Devers.

FIXTURES

Wednesday, March 26
UEFA U17 Championship Elite Round Group 5
Serbia 2 Republic of Ireland 1, Stara Pazova (SRB)

Friday, March 28
UEFA U17 Championship Elite Round Group 5
Germany 3 Republic of Ireland 0, FK Obilić, Belgrade (SRB)

Monday, March 31
UEFA U17 Championship Elite Round Group 5
Republic of Ireland v Georgia, FK Obilić, Belgrade (SRB) (2.00pm Irish)