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Disappointment for Irish trio

7 September 2016

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Rovers trio Tommie Hoban, Darragh Lenihan and Jack Byrne all started for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s in a five-goal thriller against Serbia last night.

Central defender Hoban, who is on loan at Ewood Park from Watford, captained the side, whilst Lenihan set up Ireland's second goal in the 3-2 defeat.

Hoban and Lenihan both played the full 90 minutes in Novi Sad, whilst Byrne featured for just over 75.

Uros Djurdjevic opened the scoring for the hosts on 12 minutes, before Darko Lazic doubled Serbia's lead midway through the second half. 

Callum O'Dowda halved the deficit moments later, before Djurdjevic grabbed his second of the game from the spot soon after.

Sean Maguire reduced the arrears nine minutes from time, heading home from close range following Lenihan's assist, but Ireland were unable to find a late leveller.

The defeat ends Ireland's play-off hopes, as they find themselves fourth in Group 2 with one UEFA Under-21 Championship qualifier remaining. 

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