Joshua Kayode 18' -
Scored: 18'


Conor Coventry 63' -
Peno Scored: 63'



Match Report: Republic of Ireland under-21 2 - 0 Luxembourg under-21

Sat, Oct 09 2021

Irvin Latic of Luxembourg with an attempted bicycle kick Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

Patrick O’ Connor reports from Tallaght Stadium

The Republic of Ireland under-21 side recorded a very impressive 2-0 win over their counterparts from Luxembourg in Group F of the UEFA under-21 Championship at Tallaght Stadium on Friday night.

In the other Group F qualification matches played on Friday night, Italy had a 2-1 away win over Bosnia & Herzegovina while Sweden beat Montenegro 3-1 at home.

Ireland’s win moves them up to third position in the table with seven points, three behind leaders Sweden and two points behind second placed Italy.

The Boys in Green were the dominant team from start to finish with the only blemish on the victory being their inability to convert their superiority into goals over the course of the game.

They scored only once from play, their second goal was a penalty, but as they had 65% possession during the match a bigger goal difference would have better reflected the difference between the two teams.

Luxembourg set up in a very defensive formation and seemed happy to concede possession to Ireland and rely on quick counter attacks to create their own goal scoring opportunities.

They were made to look very ordinary at times by Jim Crawford’s team who forced eight corners to none for Luxembourg while they had only four attempts on goal to the dozen that Ireland’s created.

The home sides build up play in the first half was slow and patient and they used the two flanks in particular to try to break down the Luxembourg resistance.

The Lee O’ Connor / Liam Kerrigan axis on the right side was a constant threat to the away defence and they saw lots of the ball in the opening period. 

Equally Joel Bagan and Tyreik Wilson were very threatening on the left side and the latter was instrumental in creating Ireland’s opening goal in the 18th minute.

Man of the Match Conor Coventry played an intelligent ball out to Wilson on the left and his run took him past his marker to the end line where he pulled it back to allow Joshua Kayode to stroke it first time past Lucas Fox in the Luxembourg goal.

Ireland continued to dominate possession after that opening goal and could perhaps have added to their tally had they been more direct at times.

Luxembourg in turn were limited to only one real chance in the opening half, Irvin Latic flashing a header wide from Loris Bernardy’s free kick.

Ireland moved the ball quicker at the start of the second half and created a number of half chances, frequently with Wilson as the main creator, but were unable to seriously test Fox at any stage.

Their second goal in the 63rd minute came courtesy of a penalty. A long ball over the top was chased own by Kerrigan and as he controlled the ball inside the box he was tumbled to the ground, Kosovan referee Besfort Kasumin immediately pointing to the spot.

Captain Conor Coventry despatched the penalty with confidence, the 2-0 score line now better reflecting the pattern of play up to that stage.

Ireland was in total control for the last 25 minutes as Luxembourg seemed to run out of steam, but apart from a few efforts from substitute Conor Noss they were unable to hit the net for a third time but can still be well satisfied with their performance.

Republic of Ireland under-21: Brian Maher; Lee O’ Connor, Jake O’ Brien, Mark McGuiness, Joel Bagan, Tyreik Wilson (Andy Moran 92), Ross Tierney (Conor Noss 69), Gavin Kilkenny (Dawson Devoy 86) Joshua Kayode (Evan Ferguson 69), Conor Coventry ©, Liam Kerrigan (Alex Gilbert 86).

Subs not used: David Odumosu(gk); Colm Whelan, Oisin McEntee, Ronan Boyce.

Booked: Tyreik Wilson (44), Mark McGuiness (58)

Luxembourg under-21: Lucas Fox; Franz Sinner (Gary Bernard 75), Leon Schmit, Edin Osmanovic, Kevin D’Anzico, Loris Bernardy (Yohann Torres 65), Alexandra Sacras (Cedric Baiverlin, 75), Mathias Olesen ©, Irwin Latic, Noah Rossier (Selim Turping 65), Dylan Kuete (Emre Erkus 90)

Subs not used: Timothy Serge Martin (gk); Tiago Semedo, Diogo Monteiro de Oliveria.

Booked:  Noah Rossier (38), Lucas Fox (55) Irvin Latic (67), Yohann Torres (86), Dylan Kuene (90), Kevin D’Anzico (92).

Referee:  Besfort Kasumi (Kosovo).

Attendance: 1,000(estimate).

Extratime.com Player of the Match: Conor Coventry (Republic of Ireland under-21)


Ireland U21
LJune 5, 2021
Ireland U21 0 - 1 Denmark U20
WSept. 3, 2021
Bosnia & Herzegovina U21 0 - 2 Ireland U21
DSept. 7, 2021
Luxembourg U21 1 - 1 Ireland U21
WOct. 8, 2021
Ireland U21 2 - 0 Luxembourg U21
LOct. 12, 2021
Montenegro U21 2 - 1 Ireland U21
Brian Maher
Goalkeeper
Lee O'Connor
Defender
Jake O'Brien
Defender
Mark McGuinness
Booked: 58'
Defender
Joel Bagan
Defender
Tyreik Wright
Booked: 44'
92'
92Subbed Off: Andy Moran 92'
Midfielder
Ross Tierney
69'
69Subbed Off: Conor Noss 69'
Midfielder
Gavin Kilkenny
86'
86Subbed Off: Dawson Devoy 86'
Midfielder
Joshua Kayode
Scored: 18'
69'
69Subbed Off: Evan Ferguson 69'
Midfielder
© Conor Coventry
Peno Scored: 63'
Midfielder
Liam Kerrigan
86'
86Subbed Off: Alex Gilbert 86'
Forward

Substitutes
Colm Whelan
Forward
David Odumosu
Goalkeeper
Conor Noss
69'
69Subbed On: Ross Tierney 69'
Forward
Andy Moran
92'
92Subbed On: Tyreik Wright 92'
Defender
Oisin McEntee
Defender
Alex Gilbert
86'
86Subbed On: Liam Kerrigan 86'
Forward
Evan Ferguson
69'
69Subbed On: Joshua Kayode 69'
Forward
Dawson Devoy
86'
86Subbed On: Gavin Kilkenny 86'
Midfield
Ronan Boyce
Defender
Luxembourg U21
LApril 6, 2021
Luxembourg U21 1 - 2 Montenegro U21
LSept. 3, 2021
Italy U21 3 - 0 Luxembourg U21
DSept. 7, 2021
Luxembourg U21 1 - 1 Ireland U21
LOct. 8, 2021
Ireland U21 2 - 0 Luxembourg U21
LOct. 12, 2021
Luxembourg U21 0 - 2 Bosnia & Herzegovina U21
Lucas Fox
Goalkeeper
Franz Sinner
Defender 75'
75Subbed Off: Gary Bernard 75'
Leon Schmit
Defender
Edin Osmanovic
Defender
Kevin D'Anzico
Defender
Loris Bernardy
Defender 65'
65Subbed Off: Yohann Torres 65'
Alexandre Sacras
Midfielder 75'
75Subbed Off: Cedric Baiverlin 75'
Mathias Olesen ©
Midfielder
Irvin Latic
Midfielder
Booked: 67'
Noah Rossler
Forward 65'
65Subbed Off: Selim Turping 65'
Dylan Kuete
Forward
Booked: 89'
90'
90Subbed Off: Emre Erkus 90'

Substitutes
Selim Turping
Forward 65'
65Subbed On: Noah Rossler 65'
Yohann Torres
Defender 65'
65Subbed On: Loris Bernardy 65'
Tiago Semedo
Midfield
Timothy Serge Martin
Goalkeeper
Emre Erkus
Defender 90'
90Subbed On: Dylan Kuete 90'
Diogo Monteiro De Oliveira
Midfield
Gary Bernard
Forward 75'
75Subbed On: Franz Sinner 75'
Cedric Baiverlin
Midfield 75'
75Subbed On: Alexandre Sacras 75'

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2023 UEFA U21 European Championships Qualifying Group F

Date: 5:15 p.m. Oct. 8, 2021

Venue:

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown

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