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Our U-19 Team just played their 2nd match for the Under 19 Championchips.

The report is below:

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Germany bounced back from their opening UEFA European Under-19 Championship Group A defeat to cruise past Greece in Lurgan.

Müller opener

Two days ago Germany saw a 2-0 lead against Serbia and Montenegro turn into a 4-2 loss. But against a side that edged past hosts Northern Ireland 1-0, Germany dominated and led 16 minutes in when Stephan Schröck's curling cross was converted at the far post by Florian Müller.

Boateng style

Just before the break, the advantage doubled when Ashkan Dejagah's free-kick from the left was knocked in by Eugen Polanski, and within 60 seconds of the interval it was three in spectacular style as Kevin-Prince Boateng let fly from inside the centre circle and the ball dipped under the crossbar.

Schröck departs

However, in the build-up to the goal Schröck was injured and departed on a stretcher, but Germany comfortably saw the game out. They are now second on head-to-head record as Serbia and Montenegro derfeated hosts Northern Ireland 1-0 in Newry. The group concludes on Saturday when the hosts face Germany and Greece take on the Serbo-Montenegrins. Germany know a win will take them through while Greece cannot afford to lose.

DAMN! :gr:

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What this means is that Greece must defeat Serbia-Crna Gora on Saturday and hope that Northern Ireland manage at least a draw v. Germany.

A 3-0 victory v. Serbia-CG will also do the trick.

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Btw, Group B is now wide open after today's results:

France - Norway 3-1

England - Armenia 1-1

Group Table

France 1-1-0 4 points

Norway 1-0-1 3 points

England 0-2-0 2 points

Armenia 0-1-1 1 point

Saturday's games:

France - Armenia

England - Norway

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A penalty in the 4th minute - that would not have been given by a Greek referee - started our U-19 side off to a 3-0 loss to Serbia - Crna Gora.

The second goal came as a result of another set piece - a corner kick - while the 3rd came late in the first half after a lapse by the Greek defence.

Our lads tried to react after the 0-2 score but ran into a well-organised Serbian defence.

They had better chances in the second half but missed the target twice from close range and were denied by the Serb keeper on another occasion.

By that time, the Serbs were in training mode passing the ball around and only on occasion going forward. They missed a great chance when GK Dimitris Sotiriou came out and denied a Serb forward on a one-on-one breakaway.

Overall I have to say that we have lads that are talented but showed no organisation even in the N. Ireland game. They came here ill-prepared in contrast to the Serbs (and others) who passed the ball around without even having to look to spot where their teammates were.

Let's hope EPO can learn their lesson and start preparations for tournaments like these well before they are scheduled to start.

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It's a damn shame.... I SOOOOOO wish that these kids a better job than that....

It just shows you that we need to push more youth in all levels in order to accel in this sport...

:tup: :gr:

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The U-19 competition was won by France which defeated a much inferior English team 3-1, under poor weather conditions (14C and continuous rain).

The English went ahead in the first half against the flow of play but the French came roaring back with three in the second half for a very well-deserved victory. :tup:

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UEFA has made the draw for the qualifying stage for the 2006-07 European Chanpionships. Greece was drawn in Group 1:

Greece

Ukraine

Kazakhstan

Bulgaria

The top 2 from the group qualify to the next stage.

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The U-19 NT is taking part in the EURO 2007 qualifying stage that will atke part in Bulgaria. Here is the information and schedule of the games from EPO.gr:

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