Ireland U21s hold Romania to scoreless draw

Ireland U21s hold Romania to scoreless draw

THE Republic of Ireland U21 side recorded a scoreless draw with Romania in the UEFA U21 Championships Qualifying Round Group Six in Piatra Neamt this evening.
11th Oct 2013

Romania 0 Republic of Ireland 0

THE Republic of Ireland U21 side recorded a scoreless draw with Romania in the UEFA U21 Championships Qualifying Round Group Six in Piatra Neamt this evening.

Harry McCue's charges will face the same opponents at Sligo's Showgrounds on Tuesday afternoon (3pm) as they bid to qualify for the finals of the UEFA completion for the first time.

Derrick Williams thought he had given Ireland the victory when he found the net in the 33rd minute but the goal was ruled out as the ball had struck the defender's hand in the build-up.

Early in the second half Ireland had a couple of chances to score. Sean Murray had a shot blocked in the 49th minute then Anthony Forde's 51st minute free-kick was stopped by keeper Laurenţiu Brănescu.

Irish keeper Aaron McCarey was called into action late on and did well to keep out an effort by Andrei Ciolacu in injury-time.

"It was a tough game, especially after such a long trip. An away point was a great return. We'd be happy with that," said Irish caretaker boss Harry McCue.

"We knew we'd be under pressure but the important thing is that we're still in the hunt. We've a big game against the Romanians on Tuesday so hopefully we can see these games off with a victory. We dominated the best part of second half and could have scored but it wasn't to be.

"I have to say our back five were brilliant, Aaron McCarey in goal and the defender Williams, Duffy, O'Connor and McGinty. Sean Murray did very well from an attacking perspective and tormented them all night."

Connor Smith took a knock on shin and Aiden O'Brien required four stitches for an eye injury but played on. Both should be okay for the game on Tuesday.

Romania: Laurenţiu Brănescu, Constantin Nica, Alexandru Cretu, Stefan Popescu, Adrian Avrămia, Romario Benzar, Claudiu Bumba (Andrei Florean 92), Alin Cârstocea (Alexandru Dan 72), Andrei Ciolacu, Mihai Roman, Steliano Filip (Martin Madalin 63).

Republic of Ireland: Aaron McCarey, Anthony O'Connor, Sean McGinty, Derrick Williams, Shane Duffy (C), Matt Doherty, Connor Smith (Frankie Sutherland 77), Callum Reilly. Aiden O'Brien, Sean Murray, Anthony Forde.

FIXTURES

Friday, October 11
UEFA U21 Qualifying Round Group 6
Romania 0 Republic of Ireland 0, Piatra Neamt (ROU)

Tuesday, October 15
UEFA U21 Qualifying Round Group 6
Republic of Ireland v Romania, The Showgrounds, Sligo (3.00pm)

TICKETS for the October 15 game in Sligo are available from Sligo Rovers FC (Mon-Fri) and Sligo Leitrim League HQ at McSharry Park (Sat & Sun). Adults €10, Children/Students/OAPs €5.