Irish face showdown with Italy
Ireland U-19 0
Ukraine U-19 0
A WIN over Italy on Sunday in their concluding game of the elite qualifying tournament in Poland would see Ireland secure a place in the finals of the European U-19 Championship in July, after Paul Doolin's charges held Ukraine scoreless yesterday.
Ireland, who haven't reached the U-19 finals for nine years, created the better chances in a tense duel.
Wolves defender Matt Doherty saw his header scooped off the line on 18 minutes, while John O'Sullivan thought he had won it six minutes from full-time only for Ukraine goalkeeper Maxym Koval to dive full-length to keep out the midfielder's ferocious drive.
Ireland goalkeeper Aaron McCarey kept his second clean sheet in a row, producing his best save in the 87th minute to deny Borys Tashchy.
One blot for Ireland was the stoppage-time dismissal of West Ham's Eoin Wearen, who was shown a yellow card for the second time in the space of 10 minutes by the referee.
IRELAND -- McCarey (Wolves); Doherty (Wolves), O'Connor (Blackburn Rvs), Egan (Sunderland), Williams (Aston Villa); Walker (Wrexham), O'Sullivan (Blackburn Rvs), Hendrick (Derby Co), Wearen (West Ham); Forde (Wolves), Murphy (Bray Wds). Subs: Murray (Watford) for Walker (Wrexham) (62), Burke (Aston Villa) for Murphy (74).