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Ireland U21s Beat Bahrain And Qualify For Toulon Tournament Semi-Finals

Ireland U21s Beat Bahrain And Qualify For Toulon Tournament Semi-Finals

The Ireland U21s beat the Bahrain U23s 1-0 at the Toulon Tournament on Sunday afternoon.

The victory means Ireland progress to the semi-finals of the tournament for the first time. They will play the Brazilian U22s on Wednesday.

A deflected Connor Ronan free kick in the 33rd minute gave Ireland the win over Bahrain.

Shortly after Ronan's goal, Ireland were awarded a penalty when Josh Barrett was fouled.

Jayson Molumby stepped up to take the kick but saw it saved.

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In the second half, Caoimhim Kelleher - just over a week on from picking up a Champions League winner's medal with Liverpool - made this crucial save as Ireland held out for the win.

Ireland beat China's U22 side 4-1 in their opening game and followed up that victory with a 0-0 draw against Mexico's U22s.

This year is the first time Ireland have participated in the prestigious tournament in 17 years.

Photo by Alexandre Dimou/Sportsfile

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