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25.03.2013 at 19:30 Oriel Park Attendance:
Under 21 1 - 2 Portugal
Referee: Mark Whitby (Wales) Friendly-match

Goalscorers
Matt Doherty (71)
Francisco Junior 14 mins,
Aiden O’Brien O.G. 58 MINS,
Opening squads
Frankie Sutherland
Anthony O Connor
Sean Mc Dermott
Shane Duffy
Sean Mc Ginty
Matt Doherty
Samir Carruthers
Kane Ferdinand
Aidan O Brien
Callum Reilly
Sean Murray
Luís Ribeiro,
João Amorim,
Josué,
Miguel Lourenço,
Luís Martins,
Luís Gustavo,
Sérgio Oliveira,
Luís Silva,
João Carvalho,
Francisco Júnior,
Aldair
Substitutes
Aaron Mc Carey
John O Sullivan
Graham Burke
Chris Forrester
Joe Shaughnessy
Cian Bolger
Carl Mc Hugh
Anthony Forde
Substitutions
Aaron Mc Carey -> Sean Mc Dermott (46)
Joe Shaughnessy -> Shane Duffy (46)
Carl Mc Hugh -> Sean Mc Ginty (46)
Chris Forrester -> Kane Ferdinand (46)
Anthony Forde -> Samir Carruthers (46)
Cian Bolger -> Matt Doherty (72)
Graham Burke -> Sean Murray (72)
Joao Pinto and Pipo for Luis Ribeiro and Carvalho 46mins,
Amorim for Oliveira 52 mins; Vitor Goncalves and Rui Coentao for Francisco Junior and Aldair 65 mins; Frederico Venanco and Vitinha for Joao Amorim and Luis Silva 89 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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THE Republic of Ireland U21 side suffered an unfortunate 2-1 defeat to Portugal in a game played in wintery conditions at Oriel Park tonight.

With the intermittent snowy breeze whistling around the Dundalk venue it was a testing night for both sides but the two teams produced some decent football.

The Portuguese went ahead on 14 minutes after Francisco Junior smashed home from 12 yards with a brilliant strike after the Irish defence failed to clear a cross from the right.

Home keeper Sean McDermott made an impressive stop to deny Luis Silva in the 36th minute after the midfielder volleyed goalwards from close range.

Sean Murray was in lively form for the Irish and he had a shot saved by Luis Ribeiro in the 41st minute after a free-kick had been half-cleared by the visitors.

The elements played their part in the 58th minute second goal for Portugal. A corner by Aldair skimmed the head of Aiden O’Brien and ended up in the Irish net for an unfortunate own goal.

Ireland pulled one back when Matt Doherty headed home from a 71st minute Murray corner but despite plenty of effort neither side carve out any further goals.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: McDermott, Doherty, McGinty, O Connor, Duffy, Ferdinand, Carruthers, Reilly, O Brien, Murray, Sutherland. Subs: McCarey, Shaughnessy, McHugh, Forrester, O Sullivan & Forde for McDermott, Duffy, McGinty, Ferdinand and Carruthers 46 mins, Bolger and Burke for Doherty and Murray 72.

PORTUGAL: Luís Ribeiro, João Amorim, Josué, Miguel Lourenço, Luís Martins, Luís Gustavo, Sérgio Oliveira, Luís Silva, João Carvalho, Francisco Júnior, Aldair. Subs: Joao Pinto and Pipo for Luis Ribeiro and Carvalho 46; Amorim for Oliveira 52; Vitor Goncalves and Rui Coentao for Francisco Junior and Aldair 65; Frederico Venanco and Vitinha for Joao Amorim and Luis Silva 89.

Referee: Mark Whitby (Wales)
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