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O'Dowda and Maguire on target but Serbia too good for Ireland U21s

Meanwhile, Tom Mohan’s U19 side made it two wins from two against Austria earlier.

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NOEL KING’S IRELAND U21 side were left disappointed as they were beaten 3-2 away in Serbia in a European qualifier this evening.

Uroš Djurdjević put the hosts ahead on 12 minutes, before a 65th minute header from a corner by Darko Lazić doubled Serbia’s advantage.

Callum O’Dowda’s header from a Kevin O’Connor cross on 69 minutes gave Ireland hope, but another Djurdjević goal, this time from the penalty spot, made it 3-1 with just under 20 minutes remaining.

Sean Maguire’s header got Ireland back in the game with 10 minutes remaining, after Darragh Lenihan’s touch from substitute Jake Mulraney’s cross, but it proved too little too late, as the home side held on for a win.

Meanwhile, Tom Mohan’s Ireland U19 side secured their secured their second win in as many days against Austria in a friendly earlier today.

Goals from Thomas Byrne, Zach Elbouzedi and Jayson Molumby sealed a victory for the hosts at Tallaght Stadium, after Albin Ramadani had put the visitors ahead.

Mohan’s men beat the same opposition 1-0 on Sunday thanks to Michael O’Connor’s first-half strike.

Ireland U21 starting XI v Serbia: Daniel Rogers (Aberdeen, on loan at Falkirk), Glen Rea (Luton), Kevin O’Connor (Cork), Thomas Hoban (Watford, on loan at Blackburn), Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn),  Harry Charsley (Everton), Josh Cullen (West Ham), Courtney Duffus (Everton), Jack Byrne (Man City), Olamide Shodipo (QPR).

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