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29.10.2005 at 14:00 Stade Leo Lagrange Attendance: 110
Norway 2 - 3 Ireland Under 16
Referee: M Miguel (Portugal) Tournament-match

Pedersen (54)
Jansen (76)
Michael Collins (6)
Ian Daly (10)
Craig Duggan (90)
Opening squads
Singh (Capt)
Kieron Thorpe
Mark Nolan
Daniel Langan
Paul Honohan
David Joyce
Dean Marshall
James O'Brien
Adrian Moyles
Eric Foley
Conor Clifford
Ian Daly
Michael Collins
Van der Burgt
Conor Mc Cormack
Gary Frewen
James Doyle
Craig Duggan
Mosis for Figved (ht)
Brix for Johansen(ht)
Conor Mc Cormack -> Conor Clifford (40)
James Doyle -> Eric Foley (40)
Craig Duggan -> Michael Collins (50)
Gary Frewen -> Adrian Moyles (55)
Yellow cards
None None.
Red cards
None None.
Match report
Vincent Butler went into this game knowing that a win would put immense pressure on France. A win for Ireland and a draw for France would leave Ireland as overall winners.

As this age group is a development squad Vinny decided irrespective of the opportunity of winning the Tournament that it was more important that every player started a game and so Adrian Moyles, and Eric Foley came in for their first starts of the Tournament.

Ireland went out in confident mood against Norway who had lost their two previous games.

Ireland with victory on their mind raced into a two nil lead after ten minutes with Michael Collins scoring his first goal of the Tournament after 3 minutes after Moyles made a good run down the left wing and crossed for Collins to score.

Ireland added to this score when Ian Daly scored after 7 minutes when a through ball by Clifford released Daly who made no mistake to leave Ireland leading by two goals.

At this point Ireland were playing terrific football – the best we had seen so far – It is always easier to play good football when you are in the lead

Collins and Daly were very lively up front and they were giving the Norwegian defence a tough time.

Collins was unlucky not to make it three after eleven minutes when he met a good cross by James O’Brien and headed narrowly wide.

Norway was not lying down and Langan did well when he conceded a corner which was subsequently cleared.

This time Daly crossed once again for Collins who headed into Kristiansen’s arms in the Norwegian goal.

Ireland relaxed a little and Norway came forward with Johansen hitting the side netting with a well hit shot from twenty yards.

Ian Daly set up Michael Collins but unfortunately Figved got in a saving tackle to defy Collins and the opportunity was lost.

After 32 minutes Norway had a great chance to get back into the game when Morana beat the defence only to shoot weakly into the hands of Thorpe in the Irish goal.

Norway changed the system at half time with Mosis and Brix replacing Figved and Johansen and Ireland replaced Conor Clifford and Eric Foley with Conor Mc Cormack and James Doyle.

Despite their dominance Norway began to make headway and Thorpe was once again on hand to bring off a great save with his feet.

Norway were beginning to take control in midfield and Thorpe had to be quick off his line to smother a weak back header from David Joyce.

After 54 minutes Norway were back in the game when Pedersen scored.
Ireland seemed to drop their heads – Tiredness and heat were now beginning to play a big part.

After 67 minutes Pedersen had a shot from twenty yards which shaved the post.
Ireland broke downfield and a defensive error allowed Duggan in on goal but a fine save by Kristiansen denied the Corkman.

Ireland should have killed off the game after 73 minutes when O’Brien and Mc
Cormack between them failed to convert a rather easy chance.

Norway equalised after 76 minutes when Jansen made it two all after a good move
tore the Irish defence apart.

It looked as if Ireland were to be clawed back for a draw however this side has plenty of character and with the last kick of the game Duggan lobbed the keeper for the winning goal.

All that was left was for the referee to kick off and blow the final whistle for a deserved victory which two minutes earlier had looked unlikely.

With France defeating Portugal by an easy 2-0 it left Ireland in the runner up position but had the satisfaction of collecting the FAIR PLAY TROPHY.
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