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Ireland bow out of under-17 European Championships with defeat to England

Published 13/05/2015 | 19:32

13 May 2015; Anthony Scully, Republic of Ireland, following his side's defeat. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v England, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
13 May 2015; Anthony Scully, Republic of Ireland, following his side's defeat. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v England, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
13 May 2015; Anthony Scully, Republic of Ireland, in action against Herbie Kane, England. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v England, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
13 May 2015; Conor Masterson, Republic of Ireland, following his side's defeat. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v England, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
13 May 2015; Republic of Ireland players, from left, Marcus Agyei-Tabi, Darragh Leahy and Conor Masterson react after England's Marcus Edwards scored his side's first goal. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v England, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
13 May 2015; Marcus Edwards, second from left, England, celebrates with team mates after scoring his side's first goal. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v England, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
13 May 2015; Robert McCourt, Republic of Ireland, in action against Marcus Edwards, left, and Nathan Holland, England. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v England, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
13 May 2015; Zachary Elbouzedi, Republic of Ireland, in action against Easah Suliman, England. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v England, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
13 May 2015; Anthony Scully, Republic of Ireland, in action against Herbie Kane, England. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v England, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
13 May 2015; Corey O'Keeffe, Republic of Ireland, in action against Layton Ndukwu, England. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v England, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
13 May 2015; Marcus Agyei-Tabi, Republic of Ireland, in action against Daniel Wright, England. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v England, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
13 May 2015; Marcus Agyei-Tabi, Republic of Ireland, in action against Daniel Wright, England. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v England, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Picture Credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
13 May 2015; Conor Masterson, Republic of Ireland, in action against Ike Ugbo, England. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v England, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
13 May 2015; Marcus Agyei-Tabi, Republic of Ireland, in action against Daniel Wright, England. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v England, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Picture Credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
13 May 2015; xxx, Republic of Ireland, in action against yyy, England. UEFA European U17 Championship Finals Group D, Republic of Ireland v England, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Picture Credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

A 71st minute goal from Tottenham star Marcus Edwards was enough to end Ireland's participation in the under-17 European Championships in Bulgaria.

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Tom Mohan's Republic of Ireland bow out after the defeat and will be disappointed that they failed to register a goal in their three games.

Italy's 1-1 draw with the Netherlands meant that England advanced as group winners with Italy progressing as runners-up in the group.

Josh Barrett headed into the side-netting in a scoreless opening half but England pushed hard before the interval with Caoimhin Kelleher impressively keeping them at bay in the Irish goal.

Ireland should have taken the lead after the break when Anthony Scully's shot was parried by England netminder Paul Woolston into the path of JJ Lunney but his shot was again kept out by Woolston.

Edwards settled teh game with 19 minutes remaining when he took control of the ball 30 yards from goal, evaded a few tacklers and unleashed an unstoppable shot from 30 yards.

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