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Ireland U21s Win In Armenia Despite Second Half Red Card

Ireland U21s Win In Armenia Despite Second Half Red Card

The Ireland U21s beat Armenia 1-0 in Yerevan on Thursday.

Zack Elbouzedi got the goal for Stephen Kenny's side just after the hour mark.

It came after Jason Knight won the ball in midfield, played it to Adam Idah down the right and the Norwich striker hit a low cross which eventually fell to Elbouzedi.

The 21-year-old made no mistake with the finish.

There was trouble for Ireland 12 minutes later when centre-back and captain Dara O'Shea was sent off after a tangle with Armenia's Melkonyan.

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As the winger raced through on goal, O'Shea brought him down on the edge of the box. A straight red card resulted for the West Brom player.

Ireland dominated the first half but Jason Knight, Nathan Collins, Elbouzedi and Idah all missed good chances.

Stephen Kenny had several players unavailable for the game. Jason Molumby and Lee O'Connor were both suspended while Conor Masterson, Caoimhin Kelleher, Michael Obafemi, Neil Farrugia and Trevor Clarke all withdrew from the travelling group earlier this week.

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The win keeps Ireland on top of Group 1 with 13 points. Already in this campaign, they have beaten Luxembourg, Armenia and Sweden and drawn with Italy. In their game previous to today's win, they lost 1-0 away to Iceland.

Ireland play Sweden in Tallaght on Tuesday.

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