Group C
Date: 2 p.m. June 9, 2019
Venue: Unknown
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Scored: 33'
- Connor Ronan 33'

Peno Miss: 37'
- Jayson Molumby 37'



Toulon Tournament Preview: Bahrain U23s -v- Republic of Ireland U21s

Sun, Jun 09 2019

Adam Idah scored twice in the 4-1 win over China. Credit: Michael P Ryan

BAHRAIN U23s

Bahrain face the Republic of Ireland in their final Group C game knowing even a win won’t be enough to take them into the semi-finals (kick-off 2pm).

Samir Chammam’s side were eliminated following a 4-1 defeat to China on Thursday, despite having trailed 2-1 with 11 minutes to go.

First-half goals from Shan Huanhuan had given the Chinese a comfortable buffer but a penalty from Mohammed Al-Hardan set up a nervy finish.

Hu Jinghang struck shortly afterwards to restore China’s two-goal cushion, and Lin Liangming added a fourth in the final minute to keep China in contention.

Mexico had seen off the middle eastern side on matchday one with a simple 2-0 victory, goals from Ismael Govea and Jairo Torres settling it within the first ten minutes.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND U21s

The task facing Stephen Kenny’s side is simple: a win will be enough to earn a spot in the semi-finals; a win by an equal or greater margin to Mexico and do so as group winners.

It’s a significant carrot for a side who haven’t competed in the tournament in 17 years and, on the evidence of the two games to date, don’t look a step out of place.

A comfortable 4-1 victory over China on the opening day, thanks to goals from Zack Elbouzedi. Aaron Connolly and two from Adam Idah, put Ireland in a strong position.

Thursday’s meeting with group favourites Mexico proved to be a stalemate with two defensively solid sides cancelling each other out with few chances on either side.

The result suited both sides as it left each needing a win to guarantee a spot in the semi-finals, with Ireland’s result against China ensuring a better goal difference.

"We've done really well in the tournament but it isn't a surprise to me or anybody in the squad," Brighton & Hove Albion striker Connolly told the association’s website.

"We've got so much talent throughout the team and so many different types of players, and we're confident we can give anybody problems in any game.

"It was a fantastic start to the tournament and I got a lot of messages from back home which was great, it seems everybody is watching the tournament.

“We know what we've got to do and we're focused because to get into the semi-finals would be a great achievement."

Connolly was forced to drop to the bench for the game against Mexico after suffering illness during the week but Kenny has an otherwise full squad to choose from.

Referee: Alex Johnson

MATCH STATS

The Republic of Ireland and Bahrain have never faced one another at any level of competition.

BETTING

Bahrain U23s 10/1; Draw 11/2; Republic of Ireland U21s 1/9.

PREDICTION

Bahrain U23s 0 – 4 Republic of Ireland U21s

Bahrain U23s

Injured: None.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

Republic of Ireland U21s

Injured: None.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.



Bahrain
Ammar Mohamed Abbas Jafar Ahmed
Goalkeeper
Ahmed Bughammar
Defender
Mohamed Alshasmi
Defender
Abbas Alkhayyat
36Booked: 36'
Defender
Abbas Fadhel Al Asfoor
79'
79Subbed Off: 79'
Defender
Mohamed Marhoon
84Booked: 84'
Midfielder
Ahmad Habeeb
Midfielder
Ahmed Al-Sherooqi
46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Midfielder
Mohammed Al Hardan
Midfielder
Adnan Alshirah
67'
67Subbed Off: 67'
Forward
Ahmed Saleh Sanad
Forward

Substitutes
Husain Jameel Mansoor
Defender
Hasan Madan
Defender
Sayed Hashim
Forward
Salem Adel Hasan
Defender
Yusuf Habib
Goalkeeper
Sayed Ebrahim
79'
79Subbed On: 79'
Forward
Sayed Mohamed Ameen
Defender
Jasim Al-Salama
90Booked: 90'
Midfield
Abdulaziz Al Kandari
Goalkeeper
Mohamed Ahmadi Abdulrahman
46'
46Subbed On: 46'
Forward
Jasim Abdulla
Unknown
Republic of Ireland U21
Caoimhin Kelleher
Goalkeeper
Darragh Leahy
Defender
Lee O'Connor
Defender
Dara O'Shea
Defender
Liam Scales
Defender
Jason Knight
Midfielder 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Jayson Molumby
Midfielder
37Peno Miss: 37'
Connor Ronan
Midfielder
33Scored: 33'
79'
79Subbed Off: 79'
Josh Barrett
Forward 67'
67Subbed Off: 67'
Aaron Connolly
Forward
Zack Elbouzedi
Forward 28'
28Subbed Off: 28'

Substitutes
Canice Carroll
Defender
Conor Coventry
Midfield
46Subbed On: 46'
46'
Aaron Drinan
Forward
Adam Idah
Forward
28Subbed On: 28'
28'
Conor Kearns
Goalkeeper
Jamie Lennon
Midfield
Stephen Mallon
Midfield
Conor Masterson
Defender
Simon Power
Midfield
67Subbed On: 67'
67'
Jack Taylor
Forward
79Subbed On: 79'
79'
Tyreke Wilson
Unknown


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