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11.10.2013 at 15:00 Piatra Neamt (ROU) Attendance:
Romania 0 - 0 Under 21
Referee: Yuriy Mozharovskyy (UKR) European Qualifier-match

None None.
Opening squads
Laurenţiu Brănescu, Constantin Nica,
Alexandru Cretu,
Stefan Popescu,
Adrian Avrămia,
Romario Benzar,
Claudiu Bumba,
Alin Cârstocea,
Andrei Ciolacu,
Mihai Roman,
Steliano Filip.
Aaron Mc Carey
Anthony O Connor
Matt Doherty
Shane Duffy
Sean Mc Ginty
Derrick Williams
Anthony Forde
Conor Smith
Aidan O Brien
Callum Reilly
Sean Murray
Frankie Sutherland
Sean Mc Dermott
Graham Burke
Joe Shaughnessy
Carl Mc Hugh
Charles Dunne
William Hayhurst
Martin Madalin for Filip 63 mins,
Alexandru Dan for Carstocea 72 mins,
Andrei Florean for Bumba 92 mins,
Frankie Sutherland -> Conor Smith (77)
Yellow cards
Carstocea 66 mins Sean Murray (59)
Matt Doherty (63)
Conor Smith (77)
Red cards
None None.
Other statistics
0 Shots 0
0 Shots on goal 0
0 Offsides 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Free kicks 0
0 Penalties 0
Match report | Preview
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.


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)
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