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Under-21 update

Posted: Tue 11 Sep 2012
Author: rovers.co.uk
Adam Henley

Adam Henley

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Only Adam Henley featured on a mixed evening for Rovers' representatives.

The final group matches for the UEFA Under-21 Championships took place on Monday evening with mixed fortunes and results for the three Rovers players hoping to be involved.

England's Under-21s got the win they required to top their group, the Republic of Ireland ended on a high, but it was a disappointing evening for the Welsh.

An abductor strain prevented Jason Lowe from playing his part as England narrowly defeated closest rivals Norway 1-0 at Chesterfield.

England went into the match knowing that they would have qualified whatever the result at the B2net Stadium, but they had Connor Wickham's solitary 43rd minute strike to ensure that Stuart Pearce's side now go into Friday's play-off draw as Group 8 winners.

It was a night to forget for Wales as their campaign ended on a disappointing note with a 5-0 loss at the hands of the Czech Republic.

Rovers defender Adam Henley started the match in Jablonec nad Nisou and played 76 minutes as Wales were emphatically beaten by the Group 3 winners.

John O'Sullivan, a late inclusion in the Republic of Ireland's Under-21 side, was an unused substitute as the Irish ended their campaign with an impressive 4-2 win away against Italy.

It was made all the more remarkable as the Irish ended the match in Casarano with only nine men after Derrick Williams and Anthony Forde were dismissed.

Ireland took a first half lead through Sean Murray before Luca Caldirola levelled for the home side. Then after Williams had been shown red for a professional foul, Ireland 'keeper saved Ciro Immobile's 37th minute penalty to give Noel King's side renewed hope.

Former Rovers forward Aaron Doran hit a brace with a goal from Conor Henderson in between as the Irish raced into a 4-1 second half lead, and although Stephan El Shaarawy reduced arrears in the final minutes after Forde had picked up his second card of the night, the Irish held on to claim the win to finish third in their group.