Moville ‘keeper helps Irish U19s secure Swiss draw


Republic of Ireland 1-1 Switzerland

THE Republic of Ireland U19 side secured an impressive draw with Switzerland in a thrilling final game of their UEFA U19 Championships qualifying round group in Waterford’s RSC today.

Paul Doolin’s side produced a top class display and got no less than deserved despite finishing the game with ten men after captain Noe Baba picked up a second yellow card in the 51st minute.


Ireland got off to a poor start with Aldin Turkes capitalising on hesitant home defending to break through and slot the ball past former Moville Celtic keeper Peter Burke in the first minute.

However the Irish response was immense and Swiss keeper Fabian Fellmann was arguably man of the match with a string of remarkable saves.

Shamrock Rovers defender Sean Heaney was unlucky to head narrowly over from a Ryan Manning free-kick in the eighth minute.

The Irish had a let off in the 25th minute when Turkes shot over an empty net after Nicolas Hunziker robbed Irish keeper Burke, who had slipped dealing with a back pass.

Impressive Galway FC forward Manning produced a stunning volley from outside the box in the 31st minute after connecting with a cross by Joel Coustrain. It deserved a goal.

It was Turkes looking dangerous once more in the 40th minute as he fired straight at Burke from close range. The Sunderland keeper made a decent save.

Ireland broke down the field immediately and Fellmann made three amazing saves to keep the Irish out. He denied Manning first then Coustrain from the rebound before the ball came to Reece Grego-Cox and Fellmann somehow forced the ball out for a corner.


From Manning’s deliver Fiacre Kelleher got in a header that was cleared off the line then Fellmann made another amazing save from Grego-Cox.

Two minutes into the second half Eoghan Sokes had a very clever header tipped over by Fellmann for a corner and it was from Manning’s delivery that the equaliser finally came.

Grego-Cox got his head to Manning’s corner and the ball looped into the roof of the Swiss net.

Unfortunately Baba was dismissed after a foul on Kilian Pagliuca and the Irish had to defend with ten men for more than 40 minutes action. They did that brilliantly.

Switzerland though they had regained the lead in the 72nd minute when a corner landed to Louis Gebistorf but his effort was cleared off the line by Jamie Mulhall.

“Overall I can only be delighted. The players really excelled and if we hadn’t gone down to ten men I felt the winner would come to us,” said head coach Paul Doolin.

“This is a good group of players. We have lost just once in eight games with them and we look forward to the Elite Phase draw. It’s a step up but they deserve to be there.”

SWITZERLAND: Fabian Fellmann, Nils Von Niederhäusern, Ulisses Garcia, Louis Gebistorf, Nico Elvedi, Kilian Pagliuca, Djibril Sow, Maxime Dominguez, Denis Lemi Zakaria, Nicolas Hunziker, Aldin Turkes. Subs: Joao De Oliveira for Dominguez 46, Dmitri Oberlin for Turkes 57, Nikola Milosavljevic for Zakaria 86.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Peter Burke, Noe Baba (c), Bobby Moseley, Fiacre Kelleher, Reece Grego-Cox, Harry Charsley, Ryan Manning, Eoghan Stokes, Joel Coustrain, Sean Heaney, Adam McDonnell. Subs: Jamie Mulhall for McDonnell 54, Connor Dimaio for Stokes 74, Jamie McGrath for Coustrain 92.


Thursday, November 13
UEFA U19 Championships Qualifying Round Group Six
Republic of Ireland 1-0 Malta, RSC, Waterford
Switzerland 8-0 Gibraltar, Ferrycarrig Park

Saturday, November 15
UEFA U19 Championships Qualifying Round Group Six
Republic of Ireland 4-1 Gibraltar, Ferrycarrig Park;
Malta 1-7 Switzerland, RSC, Waterford

Tuesday, November 18
UEFA U19 Championships Qualifying Round Group Six
Switzerland 1-1 Republic of Ireland, RSC, Waterford;
Gibraltar 1-3 Malta, Tramore AFC, Waterford

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