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Ireland's gutsy U18 boys unlucky to miss out on last-four of Euros

Published 28/07/2016

Guy Sarratt
Guy Sarratt

The Irish U18 boys just failed to make the European Championship semi-finals when they lost 3-1 to Belgium in their final pool game in Cork yesterday.

Guy Sarratt had given the Green Machine the lead but the Belgians drew level and only scored their other two goals in the final minutes when the Irish pulled their goalkeeper in a bid to force a win.

The boys now go into the fifth-eighth play-offs, three points ahead of the Czech Republic and Italy and level with Spain, who they will meet tomorrow.

The girls lost 3-0 to Germany and now go into the four-team relegation pool in which they will face Poland and Spain.

Steven Arbuthnot's girls go into the group level on points with Russia and Spain but with three points more than Poland who they meet tomorrow in a must-win game.

European U18 Championships (Cork): Boys: Belgium 3 Ireland 1; Germany 10 Czech Republic 0; Netherlands 11 Italy 1; England 4 Spain 2. Girls: Russia 2 England 4; Ireland 0 Germany 3; Spain 1 Belgium 2; Netherlands 14 Poland 1.

Tomorrow: Boys: Ireland v Spain (12pm). Girls: Ireland v Poland (3.30pm).

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