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26.04.2009 at 19:00 Hermagor Attendance:
Serbia 2 - 0 Ireland Under 16
Referee: Tournament-match

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Opening squads
Sean Mc Dermott
Robert Moloney
Michael Barker
Gary Merritt
Neil Yadolahi
Sean Mc Ginty
Anthony Forde
Carl Mc Hugh
John O'Sullivan
Chris Lyons
Conor Morrissey
Daniel Mc Guinness
Niall Burdon
Richard Bryan
Daniel Mahon
Adam Pigott
Brian Mc Grory
Shane Byrne
Derrick Williams
None Richard Bryan -> Michael Barker (46)
Daniel Mahon -> John O'Sullivan (46)
Derrick Williams -> Gary Merritt (54)
Yellow cards
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Red cards
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Match report
Republic of Ireland 0 Serbia 2

Vincent Butler's Republic of Ireland U16 team were defeated by a strong Serbia at the invitational, Gradisca Tournament this afternoon (Sunday.) A goal each side of half time ensured that Serbia are set for the semi-finals but a win for Ireland against Croatia tomorrow could also propel them to a semi-final berth.

The Irish, who were playing their second game in two days, were behind after only seven minutes when Nikola Rakic headed past Irish goalkeeper, Sean McDermott, from a corner.

The Irish finished the half strongly and should have gone in level at the break when St. Kevin's Neil Yadolahi rose unopposed in Serbia's box for a corner but his effort went wide.

Serbia doubled their lead after 39 minutes from another corner through Stevan Luckovic who volleyed the ball into the back of the net following a goal-line clearance by the Irish defence.

Belvedere's Chris Lyons thought he had earned the Irish a stone wall penalty mid-way through the second half as he was hauled down in Serbia's box by a reckless tackle but the referee gave Serbia a free out.

In today's other game, Croatia inflicted a 2-0 defeat on Mexico which means that the Republic of Ireland must win their game against Croatia tomorrow if they are to have a chance at progressing to the semi-finals of the competition.

The teams who finish in the top two of the groups are guaranteed to play two additional games in the semi-finals, play-off or final.

Republic of Ireland
Sean McDermott - Vagg FC
Conor Morrissey - Bohemians
Robert Maloney - St. Joesphs
Michael Baker - Belvedere
Neil Yadolahi - St.Kevins
Carl McHugh - Dungloe Town
Chris Lyons - Belvedere
John O'Sullivan - Belvedere
Anthony Forde - Ballingarry
Gary Merritt - Milford Utd
Daniel McGuinness - Crumlin Utd

Richard Bryan - Aston Villa (on for Baker, 46 mins)
Derrick Williams - Aston Villa (on for Merritt, 54 mins)
Adam Pigott - Kingdom Boys
Niall Burdon - Stade Rennais
Daniel Mahon – Belvedere (on for O'Sullivan, 46 mins)
Shane Byrne - Leicester City
Brian McGroary - Eany Celtic

Under-16 Gradisca Tournament fixtures and results
Saturday, April 25
Republic of Ireland 1-1 Mexico

Sunday, April 26
Republic of Ireland 0-2 Serbia

Monday, April 27
Republic of Ireland v Croatia
Kick-off: 15.30 hrs.
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