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30.05.2021 at 11:00 Dama de Noche Football Centre, Marbella, Spain Attendance:
Switzerland 2 - 0 Under 21
Referee: Manuel Marcos Canton (ESP) Friendly-match

Leonidas Stergiou 13 mins,
Gabriel Bares
Opening squads
Saipi (GK);
Stojilkovic .
Brian Maher
Mark Mc Guinness
Lewis Richards
Festy Eboslee
Oisin Mc Entee
Conor Grant
Ryan Johansson
Conor Coventry
Louis Watson
Tyriek Wright
Joshua Kayode
Di Gusto
Dan Rose
Sam Blair
Shane Flynn
Alex Gilbert
Luca Connell
Conor Noss
Will Ferry
Colm Whelan
Gavin Kilkenny
Jonathan Afolabi
Hammel for Saips 46 mins;
Wallner for Gantebein 46 mins;
Okoh for Stergiou 46 mins;
Vouilloz for Burch 46 mins;
Hajdari for Kronig 46 mins
Bares for Males 46 mins;
Amdouni for Mambimbi 46 mins;
Marchand for Sohm 60 mins;
Di Gusto for Imeri 60 mins;
Lungoyi for Stojilkovic 60 mins
Conor Noss -> Ryan Johansson (46)
Will Ferry -> Lewis Richards (54)
Gavin Kilkenny -> Conor Grant (54)
Jonathan Afolabi -> Joshua Kayode (54)
Luca Connell -> Conor Coventry (70)
Alex Gilbert -> Louis Watson (71)
Shane Flynn -> Festy Eboslee (75)
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
Match report | Preview
Jim Crawford’s Republic of Ireland Under-21s were beaten 2-0 against Switzerland in their opening game of their Spanish training camp.
30th May 2021

A goal in either half from the Swiss was enough to condemn Ireland to defeat at the Dama de Noche Football Centre, Marbella, Spain on Sunday (May 30).

Festy Ebosele, Lewis Richards, Oisin McEntee and Ryan Johansson were all handed U21 debuts by Crawford with Tyreik Wright and Conor Grant both earning their first U21 starts.

Ireland were comfortable in the early stages of the game but it was Switzerland who took the lead. They went ahead on 13 minutes after Ireland failed to clear a free-kick into the box. The ball fell to the feet of Leonidas Stergiou who was able to prod home.

Ireland continued to push and McEntee was close to getting on the end of a Wright cross but he couldn’t divert his header towards goals.

Wright was involved again, receiving a short corner and firing at goal but his left-footed drive went just wide of the post.

At half-time Conor Noss was brought on for Ryan Johansson as Ireland sought a way back in the game. Kayode headed over from a corner in the 46th minute as momentum began to grow.

But it was Switzerland who scored next through a smart finish from Gabriel Bares to give them the cushion.

From then on Ireland struggled to find the break through. Will Ferry was introduced for Richards in the second half and he looked to get forward as Crawford’s team pushed for a foot-hold in the game.

Brian Maher pulled off a stunning save to deny Switzerland form making it 3-0 in the 75th minute. Substitute, Gavin Kilkenny went on a weaving run late on but his effort couldn’t hit the target.

Speaking after the game Under-21s manager Jim Crawford said: "The message to the players is to keep their heads up. There were some passages of play they can be happy with. We'll show those to the players but we'll also show they key areas we could improve on.

"It's now about getting a more consistent way of playing positively and being creative at the top end of the pitch - we have the players here for that.

Next up for Ireland in Marbella is Australia on Wednesday (June 2). The game kicks-off at noon (Irish time) and will be shown live on Premier Sports / FreeSports.

Switzerland: Saipi (GK) (Hammel, 46); Gantebein (Wallner, 46), Stergiou (Okoh, 46), Burch (Vouilloz, 46), ( Kronig (Hajdari, 46), Sohm (Marchand, 60), Jankewitz, Imeri (Di Gusto, 60), Males (Bares, 46), Mambimbi (Amdouni, 46), Stojilkovic (Lungoyi. 60).

Unused substitutions: Ammeter, Amdouri, Stabubli,

Republic of Ireland: Maher; McEntee, McGuinness, Ebosele (Flynn, 75), Richards (Ferry 54); Coventry (Connell ,70), Johansson (Noss, 46), Watson (Gilbert 71), Grant (Kilkenny 54) ; Wright, Kayode (Afolabi 54).

Unused Substitutions: Blair (GK), Whelan, Rose (GK).

Referee: Manuel Marcos Canton (ESP)
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