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Ireland U-19s edged out by Czechs
26 Mar 2015 21:09
Republic of Ireland U-19s 0-1 Czech Republic U-19s
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The Republic of Ireland lost their UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round opener as the Czech Republic inflicted a 1-0 defeat on Paul Doolin’s charges in the German city of Mannheim.
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Patrik Schick bagged the only goal of a tight encounter in the 66th minute.
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The game's first chance of note came in the 13th minute when Czech keeper Jindrich Stanek made a brilliant save to keep out an Eoghan Stokes header following a Ryan Manning corner.
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Stokes had an effort just off target in the 33rd minute after connecting with another Manning corner.
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Ireland keeper Liam Bossin had his first test in the 41st minute when he thwarted Milos Kratochvil’s effort as the sides went in scoreless at the break.
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Harry Charsley tested Stanek in the 59th minute, but once more the Czech netminder proved equal to the task.
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Schick put the Czechs ahead in the 66th minute with a brilliant individual goal after turning defender Kevin Toner and curling the ball into the top corner.
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The Czechs defended resolutely from there on in, with Reece Grego-Cox unfortunate not to level matters in extra-time.
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Ireland meet Germany in their second game on Saturday and need a victory to retain their hopes of reaching the finals in Greece this summer.
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Meanwhile, the Republic of Ireland Under-17 side went down 1-0 to Poland in Grodzisk Wielkopolski but secured qualification for the UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals in Bulgaria after Greece drew 0-0 with Belarus in the other fixture in their elite group.
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Republic of Ireland Under-21s: Bossin, Moseley, Kelleher, Toner, Dimaio, Grego-Cox, Charsley, Manning, Stokes (Hallahan 67), Coustrain (Goldsmith 86), Mulhall
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Czech Republic Under-21s: Stanek, Mateju, Toml, Trubac, Kulhanek, Yunis (Schick 60), Cerny (Buchvaldek 74), Rys, Sural, Kratochvíl, Jankto (Matej 90+1)
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