Irish U19′s open with win

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Updated: July 21, 2011

The Republic of Ireland Under-19 team opened their UEFA Championship final with a sensational 2-1 win over Greece.

A brace from defender Anthony O’Connor sealed the win for Paul Doolin’s men and sets them up nicely for the clash with Czechs on Saturday at 5pm (Irish time) where a win will be enough to secure qualification to the UEFA Championship semi-finals.

The game started at a frantic pace with both sides hitting early goals, Ireland the firs the break the deadlock when O’Connor netted his first goal inside the opening two minutes with a half volley.

However Greece were soon level, 3 minutes later in fact when Giorgos Katidis scored from outside the box after Ireland had failed to properly deal with a corner was

The win was sealed 6 minutes after the break when O’Connor’s 51st got his and Ireland’s second when he met Samir Carruthers cross to head home from close range.

In the other game in Group A, tournament hosts Romania were beaten 3-1 by the Czech Republic.

Sportsnewsireland.com will have live score updates on all GAA Championship matches over the summer.

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