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13.05.2013 at 15:00 Whitehall Attendance:
Ireland Under 16 0 - 1 Romania
Referee: Darren Corcoran (Ireland) UEFA U16 Dev Tournament / *PROG-match

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Opening squads
James Talbot
Anthony Dolan
Jack Tuite
Dan Casey
Anthony Breslin
Danny Kane
Robert Duggan
Adam Mc Donnell
Jessie Devers
Sean Byrne
Nathan Benson
Arpad Tordai (GK),
Victor Rogola,
Victor Rogola,
Dragos Nedelcu,
Cristian Manea (Capt),
Andrei Tarcoveanu,
Alexandru Stoica ,
Robert Valceanu,
Mihal Alin Manea,
Ronaldo Deacomu,
Rares Padurariu,
Virgil Ivan.
George Poynton
Derek Daly
Antaine O Laoi
Cemal Ramadan
Bogdan Valceanu
Mihal Oarna
Mircea Moraru
George Poynton -> Adam Mc Donnell (41)
Derek Daly -> Jack Tuite (58)
Cemal Ramadan -> Jessie Devers (67)
Antaine O Laoi -> Sean Byrne (67)
Mihal Oarna for Mihal Alin Manea 56 mins;
Bogdan Valceanu for Alexandru Stoica 76 mins;
Mircea Moraru for Virgil Ivan 80+2 mins
Yellow cards
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Red cards
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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
Republic of Ireland 0 Romania 1

Two games in 24 hours proved too much for the Republic of Ireland as they lost to Romania in their second match at the UEFA U16 Boys Development Tournament being held this week in Dublin.

Having beaten Germany 1-0 on Sunday morning, the Irish were firm favourites to dispatch a Romania side that had lost their opening match 5-0 to Belgium but on a blustery afternoon at Home Farm FC in Whitehall it was the visitors who took the points thanks to a goal just before the break from Virgil Ivan.

Ireland manager Tom O'Connor made five changes from the side which had started against the Germans and it was obvious from the opening quarter that Ireland were struggling to match the intensity of their performance the previous day against Germany.

Nonetheless they did create some decent chances with Jessie Devers shooting over from 12 yards after 15 minutes and the impressive Anthony Dolan curling a left-footed shot into the arms of Arpad Tordai.
After 32 minutes, Dolan, breaking from midfield, linked up well with Sean Byrne on the left and then met the winger's return pass with a deft flick that he steered past the keeper and, unfortunately, the far post.

The fourth officiial had just signalled for one minute of injury time at the end of the first half when the decisive goal came from Romania's first effort on target. A cross from the right was missed by goalkeeper Jack Talbot under pressure from Alexandru Stoica and the unmarked Ivan had a free header into an empty net at the back post.

Romania had a couple fpo chances after the break to extend their lead with Robert Valceanu shooting over and Rares Padurariu seeing his overhit throughball taking a massive bounce over Irish keeper Talbot but finishing the wrong side of the right hand post.

In the 74th minute Talbot made the save of the game when he showed tremendous reflexes to turn a first time effort from Ivan onto his left hand post while at the other end Tordai spread his legs to deny Dolan after the Irish player had wriggled his way into a one on one situation.

Romania's determination to hold on to their lead led to them picking up four yellow cards and red card in the second half but the red card received by Ronaldo Deacomu for a second bookable offence came in the fifth minute of injury and was much too late to yield Ireland any advantage.

After the game manager O'Connor felt his side had suffered from the demands of playing of two games in two games.

"The game against Germany took a lot of us and while we made five changes it was obvious Sunday had taken its toll because we were sluggish in the first half. The second performance was much better but unfortunately the one good chance in the game fell to them and they took it.

"However, it is a development tournament and we've managed to give most of the squad some game time at this stage which is a major positive and I think we are progressing nicely towards the qualifiers in the autumn. The players will learn this week about playing against different types of players, cultures and styles and that will serve them well in the future," said O'Connor.

Ireland's final game in the tournament will be on Wednesday against Belgium who beat Germany 3-2 today.

Republic of Ireland: James Talbot (GK) (Capt); Nathan Benson, Danny Kane, Dan Casey, Anthony Breslin, Robbie Duggan, Adam McDonnell, Anthony Dolan, Jack Tuite, Seán Byrne, Jessie Devers. Subs: George Poynton for McDonnell (41), Derek Daly for Tuite (58), Cemal Ramadan for Devers (67), Antaine Ó Laoi for Byrne (67).

Romania: Arpad Tordai (GK), Victor Rogola, Arpad Tordai (GK), Victor Rogola, Dragos Nedelcu, Cristian Manea (Capt), Andrei Tarcoveanu, Alexandru Stoica (Bogdan Valceanu 76), Robert Valceanu, Mihal Alin Manea (Mihal Oarna 56), Ronaldo Deacomu, Rares Padurariu, Virgil Ivan (Mircea Moraru 80+2).

Referee: Darren Corcoran (Ireland).
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