International Challenge Trophy for U23 teams 2007 - 2009
Ireland, under manager Pat Fenlon, confined selection of the team to players who were playing in the FAI League of Ireland.
They made a very positive start by defeating Slovakia at Dalymount Park and a fortunate win over Northern Ireland meant they approached their third game in the group against Belgium needed a draw to qualify for the final.
Ireland seemed to have secured that passage as the game moved into added time and the teams tied at 1-1 but Belgium snatched a winning goal four minutes into the added time and took Ireland's place in the final.
International Challenge Trophy for U23 teams
Inaugural competition, 2007 - 2009
13/11/'07: Republic of Ireland 2 - 0 Slovakia, Dalymount Park Match Report
13/05/'08: Northern Ireland 0 - 1 Republic of Ireland, Mourneview Park Match Report
Stephen Rice 90 + 2
21/10/'08: Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Belgium, Dalymount Park Match Report
Ger O'Brien 80 Jelle Vossen 64
David Hubert 90 + 4