Ireland kick off in style
LUXEMBOURG U-19 0
REP OF IRELAND U-19 5
The Republic of Ireland got the best possible start to their UEFA U-19 Championships first-phase qualifiers yesterday by putting five goals past Luxembourg without reply at the Georgi Benkovski Stadium in Bulgaria.
The Irish had to be patient and their approach reaped rewards with three goals in the last 10 minutes of the opening half. Two more strikes in the final 10 minutes rounded off a comprehensive victory in Paul Doolin's first match as Ireland boss.
Robbie Brady opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 35 minutes.Within two minutes, Stephen McDonnell drilled a low shot into the bottom corner before Sean McGinty punished slack marking in injury-time.
Michael Rafter made it four on 80 minutes and substitute Craig Walsh finished the scoring with two minutes to go. Ireland meet Bulgaria tomorrow before concluding against Serbia, who beat the hosts 3-0, on Tuesday.
Republic of Ireland -- McCarey (Wolves); Walker (Wrexham), McGinty (Man United), Duffy (Everton), Egan (Sunderland); Rodgers (Chelsea), Hendrick (Derby County), McDonnell (Dundalk); Horgan (Salthill Devon), Shaw (Bray Wanderers), Brady (Man United). Subs: Rafter (unattached) for Shaw (65), Walsh for Horgan (72), Irwin (Bolton) for Rodgers (80).