Switzerland end Irish hopes of qualification to U19 UEFA Championship

Switzerland end Irish hopes of qualification to U19 UEFA Championship

Republic of Ireland 1-6 Switzerland Sean McCaffrey's Irish U19 side today (Sunday) were heavily defeated by Switzerland in the UEFA Championship, elite qualifying phase in Belgium.
10th Jun 2009
Tournament Information
Republic of Ireland
1-6Switzerland
ScannellUnal, Koch, Lang, Pache (2), Mustafi
Sunday 7th June 2009Belgium

Switzerland end Irish hopes of qualification to U19 UEFA Championship

Sean McCaffrey's Irish U19 side today (Sunday) were heavily defeated by Switzerland in the UEFA Championship, elite qualifying phase in Belgium. Goals from Daniel Unal, Raphael Koch and Michael Lang put the Swiss three ahead early in the second half before Sean Scannell pulled one back for the Irish in the 66th minute.

A brace from substitute, Alexander Pache mid-way through the second half while Mustafi added another late on to make the score 6-1 which means that Ireland cannot qualify for the eight-nation finals which are to be held in Ukraine in July.

Ireland who were without the suspended Gearoid Morrissey while Gavin Gunning and Conor Henderson both missed the game due to injury were tested early on as the Swiss piled the pressure on Irelands defence. Histon's Lanre Oyebanjo came to Ireland's rescue in the 19th minute when a long throw from the right found Daniel Unal in the six-yard box but Oyebanjo's last ditch tackle blocked the shot over the bar.

Ireland's only real shot in the first half came from the resulting counter-attack when Jamie Devitt made a darting run through the Swiss midfield but his tame shot was saved by Oliver Klaus in Switzerland's goal.

Irish goalkeeper, Kieron Thorpe made an incredible save in the 23rd minute when Sebastien Wuethrich attempted an audacious volley inside the box but the Crystal Palace keeper acrobatically pushed the ball around the post.
Lanre Oyebanjo was on hand once again in the 25th minute to keep the scores intact when he chased down Admir Mehmedi who was through on goal but just as he pulled the trigger, the Histon defender got back and cleared the ball for a corner.

Switzerland opened the scoring in the 30th minute when a long throw on the right was flicked on by Mustafi and Daniel Unal rose highest in the box to head it past Thorpe in the Irish goal.

The Irish were dealt a sucker punch just on the stroke of half time when a Wuetrich corner from the right found defender, Raphael Koch who snuck in at the back unopposed and he nodded the ball into the net.

Switzerland started the second half with the same intensity as the first and they should have been three up were it not for the heroics of Thorpe when a cross from Koch found Michael Lang at the back post but his powerful volley was pushed away by the Irish keeper. Michael Lang scored Switzerland's third in the 52nd minute when he volleyed past Thorpe from a Sebastien Wuethrich corner at the back post.

Irish attacker, Sean Scannell gave Ireland a glimmer of hope in the 66th minute when he scored with a sublime solo effort. He raced through the Swiss midfield and muscled past two defenders before skillfully lifting the ball over the on-rushing keeper to make the score 3-1.

Two minutes later, Switzerland ended Ireland hopes of getting back into the match as Basha Vullnet crossed to substitute, Pasche who volleyed in at the back post from 6 yards out. Basha Vullnet once again turned provider in the 76th minute when he ran through the Irish defence and with the goal at his mercy, he squared to ball to Pasche who had the easy task of putting it beyond Thorpe for his sides 5th goal.

Orhan Mustafi wrapped up the scoring in the 88th minute when Pasche crossed from the right wing and Mustafi rose unopposed at the back post to powerfully head the ball into the back of the net.


Republic of Ireland: Kieron Thorpe, Callum O'Connor, Damien McCrory, Lanre Oyebanjo, Callum Morris, Richard Towell, Sean Scannell, Jamie Devitt, Aaron Doran, Conor Hourihane, Conor Clifford.
Substitutes: Ciaran Gallagher, Ronan Murray (on fro SeanScannell, 78 mins), Greg Cunningham (on for Callum O'Connor, 70 mins), James Collins (On for Jamie Devitt, 45 mins).