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06.09.2005 at 19:45 Turners Cross Attendance:
Under 21 1 - 2 France
Referee: Mr. P. Kari, (Finland) European Qualifier-match

Daryl Murphy (33)
Anthony Le Tallec 39 mins Pen
Bryan Bergougnoux 70 mins,
Opening squads
Wayne Henderson
Stephen Paisley
Joe O Brien
Stephen Dawson
Alan Sheehan
Stephen Kelly
John Fitzgerald
William Flood
Aidan Mc Geady
Daryl Murphy
Kevin Doyle
Le Tallec,
Roy O Donovan
Liam Kearney
Roy O Donovan -> Stephen Dawson (46)
Liam Kearney -> Alan Sheehan (84)
Bergougnoux for Faubert (65 mins),
Diarra for Ribery (72 mins), Fauverguse for Le Tallec 83 mins.
Yellow cards
None. None
Red cards
None. None
Other statistics
0 Shots 0
0 Shots on goal 0
0 Offsides 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Free kicks 0
0 Penalties 0
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A spirited second half performance by Ireland was not enough in Turner’s Cross when they were beaten by the France in the U21 UEFA Championship.

Ireland were in great form for the second half but were counting the cost of conceding two goals and they are still looking for their first win in over a year.

France were excellent in the opening exchanges but were rocked back on their heels when they conceded the first goal which came against the run of play.

Sunderland’s Daryl Murphy gave Ireland a lead they scarcely deserved as it had been all France for the opening half hour.

That said, however, Ireland improved tremendously following Murphy’s opportunistic strike on 33 minutes.

A Willo Flood free kick from the left wing was headed downwards by John Fitzgerald and Murphy was in the right place at the right time to steer the ball through a forest of French players and into the net.

Their lead may have only lasted six minutes but it did result in Ireland playing some of their better football, even after the concession of the equaliser.

That equaliser came after 39 minutes when another Sunderland striker, this time France’s Anthony Le Tallec shot home from the penalty spot.

Le Tallec assumed the responsibility after Franck Ribery was unceremoniously hacked to the ground by Stephen Kelly and he showed total confidence as he scored.

After turning over at the interval all square the game was very much in the balance on the resumption with Ireland playing some of their most attacking football.

Reading’s Kevin Doyle, returning to Turner’s Cross for the first time since transferring from Cork City, had a couple of chances but just couldn’t find his range.

France were also looking dangerous and their pressure yielded dividends on 70 minutes when substitute Bryan Bergougnoux scored with a tremendous strike.

After coming into possession on the right wing the substitute ghosted past a couple of Irish players before scoring with a beautifully flighted left footed shot.

It was a goal worthy of winning any game but it was a bitter pill for Don Givens’ side to swallow, especially after the quality of their second half fare.

With nothing left to lose the Irish manager threw caution to the wind with the introduction of Cork pair Liam Kearney and Roy O Donovan but it was to no avail as France collected the points and moved to second in the group.

IRELAND: Henderson; Kelly, Sheehan, Dawson, Fitzgerald, Paisley, Flood, O’Brien, Murphy, Doyle, McGeady. Subs: O Donovan for Dawson (half-time), Kearney for Sheehan (84 mins)

FRANCE: Gavanon, Bourillon, Clichy, Congre, Zubar, Mavuba, Faubert, Toulalan, Le Tallec, Briand, Ribery. Subs: Bergougnoux for Faubert (65 mins), Diarra for Ribery (72 mins), Fauverguse for Le Tallec (83 mins)

Referee: Mr. P. Kari, (Finland)
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