Head Coach Tom Mohan and his Ireland U19 team went down to a very disappointing two nil defeat by mini-tournament hosts Austria on Tuesday afternoon in their final Group Ten encounter at the qualifying stage of the 2020 European Championships.
Having lost their opening encounter against Switzerland by two goals to one, Ireland crushed the hapless minnows Gibraltar by thirteen goals to nil in their second contest but both management and players were aware that victory was essential to have any chance of progressing to the Elite Stage.
It was not to be as the hosts proved to be very capable which, coupled with poor discipline resulting in red cards for Barry Coffey (43′) and Adam O’Reilly (65′), sealed our fate.
Jimmy Corcoran; Andrew Omobamidele, Mark McGuinness, Oisin McEntee(C), Mazeed Ogungbo; Adam O’Reilly, Barry Coffey; Festy Ebosele, Conor Noss, Tyreik Wright; Ryan Cassidy
Armstrong Okoflex for Cassidy 70′
Ross Tierney for Wright 81′
Timi Sobowale for Noss 82′
Lewis Richards for McEntee 90′
Alex Gilbert for Ebosele 90′
Goalkeepers: Sean Bohan(Bohemian), Jimmy Corcoran(Preston North End)
Defenders: Oisin McEntee(Newcastle United), Mark McGuinness(Arsenal), Mazeed Ogungbo(Arsenal), Andrew Omobamidele(Norwich City), Lewis Richards(Wolverhampton Wanderers), Timi Sobowale(Manchester City)
Midfielders: Jamie Bowden(Tottenham Hotspur), Barry Coffey(Glasgow Celtic), Festy Ebosele(Derby County), Conor Noss(Borussia Monchengladbach), Adam O’Reilly(Preston North End), Ross Tierney(Bohemian)
Forwards: Tom Cannon(Everton), Ryan Cassidy(Watford), Matt Everitt(Brighton & Hove Albion), Alex Gilbert(West Bromwich Albion), Armstrong Oko-Flex(Glasgow Celtic), Tyreik Wright(Aston Villa).