Doolin's troops fall to classy Ukraine as hopes end
TEN-MAN Ireland crashed out of the U-19 European Championship qualification chase yesterday when they succumbed to a second-half onslaught by Ukraine.
Saturday's defeat to Portugal meant only victory for Ireland would resurrect their hopes of winning the four-nation group.
It all began to go downhill for Paul Doolin's charges on 52 minutes when Ukraine produced a counter-attack and Borys Tashchy finished past Sean McDermott.
Three minutes later, Vayacheslav Churko punished more slack Irish marking and the rout was completed on 66 minutes when Anto Churko netted a penalty after Samir Carruthers collected his second yellow card.
Ireland conclude their campaign on Thursday by facing Israel, hammered 7-1 by Portugal yesterday.
Ireland -- S McDermott (Arsenal); C Morrissey (Trieste), N Byrne (Rochdale), D Williams (Aston Villa), S Kavanagh (Fulham); S Carruthers (Aston Villa), J O'Sullivan (Blackburn Rovers), F Sutherland (QPR); S Murray (Watford), C Lyons (UCD), A Forde (Wolves). Subs: G Smith (Southend) for Sutherland (57), L Byrne (Bohemians) for Murray (70), T Hoban (Watford) for N Byrne (73).
Ukraine -- Tkachenko; Pysko, Balan, Pryndeta, Bratvok; Polyulyakh, Yakovenko, Kulach, Tashchy, Churko, Trubochkin. Subs: Meskhiia for Tashchy (60), Troyanovskiy for Kulach (70), Yefremov for Churko (72).
Ref -- A Jaccottet (Switzerland).