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Irish duo play their part

5 September 2016

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Tommie Hoban and Jack Byrne both played the full 90 minutes for the Republic of Ireland Under-21 side as they left it late to defeat Slovenia on Friday night.

With Darragh Lenihan suspended for the match, Hoban captained the side, with fellow loanee Byrne also amongst the starters in Waterford.

Needing a win to close the gap on the teams above them in their qualifying group, the Irish had to wait until the 87th minute to open the scoring. Byrne with a cross that was headed back and Harry Charsley fired home.

There was still time for Ireland to double their advantage after Sean Maguire was fouled in the area in the final minute. The forward converting from the spot to complete a 2-0 win.

The victory sees Ireland remain in fourth place, but now just three points behind second played Slovenia ahead of Tuesday's penultimate qualifier in Serbia.

Elsewhere, Stephen Hendrie played no part as Scotland's Under-21s lost 1-0 to Macedonia on Friday to end their hopes of reaching next summer's finals in Poland.

Sunday saw the seniors take centre stage but none of the Rovers contingent saw game time as Gordon Greer, Corry Evans and Martin Samuelsen were all unused substitutes for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Norway respectively.

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