Republic of Ireland U19 v Czech Rep U19 Live Commentary
Live commentary of Ireland’s second group game at the 2011 UEFA European Under 19 Championships against Czech Republic.
Full-time: Disappointment for Paul Doolin’s side after such a great start, but the boys performed well and showed great fighting spirit. Carruthers and Forde were especially impressive, with Hendrick performing his defensive midfielder role perfectly. Despite the result, it was a good game from Ireland, and one which we can take a lot of positives from ahead of the crucial Group A game on Tuesday. See you then. As always, thanks for reading.
Full-time: Huge shout from the Czechs as they win 2-1. Inspired substitution from Czech boss Jaroslav Hřebík to bring on Lacha who scored a blistering goal. Romania and Greece to kick-off shortly, both teams on 0 points after the first game. So a draw in that game could be the best result for Ireland, as we’re currently second with 3 points.
94 min: Ferdinand’s pass for Knight is too heavy, not long left.
92 min: Ireland all out attack now, Czechs counter but Prikyl wastes a good chance.
90 min: Penalty shout from Ireland there, but the referee was probably right. Corner for Ireland now. Four minutes of stoppage time to be played.
87 min: Ali Dere scored for Turkey on 77 mins in Group B.
86 min: Kalas is down after a clash of heads with Ferdinand. The Czechs have no subs left though.
82 min: Lacha should’ve had two there. Gets above McCarey but heads wide. Lucky for Ireland.
78 min: Knight replaces Murray on the wing.
76 min: Last change for the Czechs, Polom replaces Janos.
75 min: More nice attacking from Ireland, they’re not giving up anyway. Come on lads!
74 min: Free kick from Murray, nice flight on the ball, but the keeper gets to it ahead of the strikers.
72 min: GOAL!!! Quickfire double from the Czechs, but this one is a gorgeous shot from Lacha from outside the box. Ireland 1-2 Czech Rep
69 min: GOAL!!! Deep free finds captain Brabec on the back post. O’Connor jumps up for it, but can’t reach it, and Brabec heads in. 1-1.
68 min: Still scoreless in the Group B game.
66 min: Another Czech corner comes to nothing.
65 min: Tempo has really increased in the last few minutes. Janos takes a shot from range, but it’s tame.
64 min: Conor Murphy comes on for Connor Smith. Murphy started the opener up front, and Smith ran his legs off tonight, so not a surprising change.
61 min: Powerful shot from Sean Murray after neat a pass from Carruthers. It goes just outside the post.
59 min: O’Sullivan was taken off to help his fitness, as he had been carrying a knock going into the game.
58 min: Ferdinand didn’t take long to get into the game, picking up a booking for leaving the studs in on Krejci
57 min: Kane Ferdinand-McGovern replaces the goalscorer John O’Sullivan for Ireland.
56 min: Ireland closing down very well in the Czech half, giving them no time on the ball.
56 min: Martin Kraus comes on to replace the almost-invisible Sladky.
55 min: Lovely run and cross from Jelacek, but his ball in finds nobody in the box.
53 min: Doherty attempts to shepherd the ball out for a goalkick but it stays in off the corner flag. His long ball upfield finds Smith offside though.
52 min: Fantastic passing from Ireland around the box, gives Carruthers time to shoot, but his curling shot is easy for the keeper.
51 min: Jelacek’s corner looks dangerous, but O’Connor does well to get rid of it.
50 min: Giant kickout there from McCarey, hints of Packie Bonner in his distribution.
48 min: McCarey saves well from Janos. Forces a corner, which is then headed clear.
47 min: Excellent defending again from John Egan to knock his man off the ball.
46 min: Patrik Lácha comes on for Skalak, who looked alright whenever he got the ball in the first half. Lacha is a tall striker though, so maybe a different style from the Czechs in this half?
Half-time: In world news, it seems Amy Winehouse has died aged 27. The match will be back on shortly, hopefully Ireland can stay on top.
Half-time: Turkey on top in the other game, where Belgium have had Igor Vetokele sent off.
Half-time: Ireland lead thanks to a fortunate goal, but have looked the better side on the balance of play. Closing the Czechs down and letting them create little, we’re looking very good on the counter especially through Forde on the left.
45 min: Scrappy play in the box nearly allows the Czechs in, but decent defending quells the attack. McCarey gets a warning from the referee for kicking the ball away needlessly.
43 min: Prikyl tries an ambitious attempt, but it’s nowhere near the target.
43 min: Neat turn from Carruthers in the middle. He’s having a great game, really getting at the Czechs.
40 min: Skalak’s header from Jelecek’s cross is terrible, which is fortunate as he was totally unmarked.
38 min: Quick break from O’Sullivan to Carruthers, passes inside to Murray, but he can’t get his shot on target. Decent chance.
36 min: Murray tries to curl the ball around the wall, but it goes outside the post and wide.
35 min: Williams does well to head Prikyl’s cross. Ireland break, and Hala is booked for taking O’Sullivan down.
32 min: Still 0-0 between Turkey and Belgium in case you were wondering. Both sides need to win.
30 min: Match has lost some of the zip of the earlier stages, but with Ireland leading, that’s not a bad thing at all.
27 min: Ireland putting the Czechs under a lot of pressure, not allowing them much at all.
25 min: Forde tries to win a corner, but outsmarts the defender. Runs into the box and shoots, the keeper can’t hold it. Koubek is not looking too safe so far, we need to test him a bit more.
25 min: First card of the game, Sladky tackles Smith from behind. He can have no complaints about that one.
22 min: Terrible corner from the Czechs, they can do that all day if they like.
19 min: Forde runs well down the touchline to win a corner. Taken short to Williams who floats it in, but it’s headed clear for a throw.
18 min: Egan is looking solid once again in the Irish defence, marshalling things well.
13 min: Lovely ball from Carruthers to Forde on the wing, the cross finds Smith in the box, and the keeper has to stretch to put it out for a corner.
10 min: GOAL!!!! Ireland 1-0 Czech Republic, thanks to a goal from John O’Sullivan who deflects a shot from Williams past the goalkeeper and into the net.
10 min: McCarey gets down quickly to save from Krejci. The ball spills lose, but McCarey is fouled, luckily as that was a dangerous opportunity.
8 min: Carruthers cuts the ball out with the Czechs bearing down on goal. Short corner crossed in for Kaderabek, but he heads over.
6 min: Nice passing from Ireland, but Murray’s cross doesn’t find anyone in the box.
4 min: Skalak goes down easily to a Hendrick challenge after a nice run down the wing. McCarey easily collects the high free kick.
0 min: Tamas Bognar blows his whistle to start the game.
Pre-match: The Czechs line up in a 4-4-2 formation with Ireland playing a 4-5-1 which becomes a 4-3-3 when attacking.
Pre-match: Playing the anthems in Mogosoaia, where both teams look geared up for the game. Turkey and Belgium from Group B also gets under way at 17:00.
Pre-match: An Anthony O’Connor double gave Paul Doolin’s under 19s a memorable win over Greece, thanks to fantastic set-pieces from Sean Murray. The weather is looking much better for this evening’s match fortunately.
Pre-match: A win for either side almost guarantees a place in the semi-final as both teams won their opening game. Czech Republic comfortably beat the hosts Romania 3-1 thanks to a penalty and a red card, but also had a goal wrongfully disallowed for offside. Check out match highlights from the game here:
Pre-match: Just one change to the Irish team after John O’Sullivan was passed fit this morning. Connor Smith comes in for Conor Murphy up front.
Republic of Ireland: Aaron McCarey; Matt Doherty, John Egan (C), Anthony O’Connor, Derrick Williams; Samir Carruthers, Jeff Hendrick, Anthony Forde, John O’Sullivan Sean Murray; Connor Smith.
Subs: Sean McDermott, Kevin Knight, Conor Murphy, Kane Ferdinand-McGovern, Eoin Wearen, Declan Walker, Joe Shaughnessy
Czech Republic: Tomas Koublek; Jakub Brabec (C), Adam Janos, Tomas Kalas, Pavel Kaderabek, Martin Sladky, Jiri Skalak, Tomas Jelecek, Ladislav Krejci, Tomas Prikryl, Martin Hala.