Date Time League Season
27 September 2022 6:15 pm U21 2022/23

Match Report

Ireland suffer penalty heartbreak in European U21 playoff in Israel

The Republic of Ireland U21s were denied their first ever qualification to the European Championships after they fell to a 3-1 defeat on penalties to Israel in the second-leg of a Euros play-off in Tel Aviv this evening.

Conor Coventry netted Ireland's first spot-kick but the following penalties from Tyreik Wright, Evan Ferguson and Dawson Devoy were all saved by Israel's Daniel Peretz.

Though Gil Cohen missed the home side's second kick, Eden Karzev, Peretz and Osher Davida all struck home to see their side progress to next summer's tournament. 

The penalties came after Ireland withstood waves of Israeli pressure over the course of 90 minutes to see the game progress to extra-time, which saw the sides remain tied at 0-0 after its conclusion.

Israel started brightly at Bloomfield Stadium and passed the ball well to maintain control most of play from then on.

With Evan Ferguson benched due to injury, Aaron Connolly was Ireland's lone striker and the Galwegian struggled to get on the end of speculative balls from his teammates.

Though the Israelis enjoyed the lion's share of possession they struggled to break down a resolute Irish XI and didn't create a real scoring opportunity until the 32nd minute.

Among the players to drop down from Israel's senior squad for this important tie, Celtic's Liel Abada put Idan Gorno in on goal and Brian Maher made an excellent save to deny the scorer of Israel's goal on Friday.

Moments later Maher easily saved an attempt by Ido Shahar and then Oscar Gloukh pulled a shot from inside the Irish area just left of the post.

Abada was put through on goal after sloppy play by Conor Coventry gave Israel the ball back just before half-time, but Maher again saved though the attacker was then called offside, which may have been controversial had he scored.

Play opened up drastically after half-time as both sides went in search of the lead.

Ireland came very close to scoring minutes after the restart when Connolly curled an attempt inches wide of the right post after running at the Israel backline.

The home team had a golden chance when Eiran Cashen mistakenly chested an Israeli cross down to Abada outside the area and Maher was forced to parry away the winger's snapshot. The ball fell to the onrushing Gorno at point-blank range but the striker somehow missed the target.

Chances continued to come for Israel but they failed to hit the target on several occasions.

Ireland came into it more as the clock ran down though Connolly struggled to make the best of passes he received on the edge of the area.

Finn Azaz bolstered the Irish attack after he was subbed on and, combining with Will Smallbone, the Aston Villa forward forced a good save from Peretz with five minutes remaining.

Determined defending from Lee O'Connor saw two late Israeli breaks halted in the final minutes for the game to go to extra-time.

Tired legs on both sides saw the extra 30 minutes play out without much drama though Israel rallied late on to keep Jim Crawford's side on their toes.

Then came penalties where Ireland lacked the quality to beat the excellent Peretz, who single-handedly put an end Ireland's major tournament hopes.

  • Osher Davida strikes to see Israel progress to the Euros. 3-1

  • Dawson Devoy is denied. 2-1

  • Cohen hits the post. 2-1 to Israel still

  • Evan Ferguson's penalty is saved by Peretz. 2-1

  • Peretz beats Maher. 2-1

  • Tyreik Wright's penalty is saved by Peretz. 1-1

  • Maher gets to Karzev's penalty but it bounces under him into goal. 1-1

  • Coventry goes right to beat Peretz!

  • 120'

    The game goes to penalties

  • 120'

    Karzev booked

  • 119'

    O'Neill's cross finds no one in the box for Ireland

  • 118'

    Israel piling on pressure

  • 113'

    Lee O'Connor clears as Israel threaten own the right

  • 111'

    Ferguson booked

  • 108'

    Both teams looking tired now

  • 105'

    Evan Ferguson and Ollie O'Neill are introduced for Connolly and Smallbone for the second-half of ET

  • 107'

    Half-Time of extra-time - Still scoreless

  • 103'

    Israel attack comes to nothing and Ireland have a goal kick

  • 96'

    Layous goes over after combining well with gloukh

  • 93'

    Ireland do well to deny Israel space in the area

  • 90'

    Extra-Time begins in Tel Aviv

  • 94'

    Full-Time, the game will go to extra-time

  • 93'

    Devoy booked as Israel win a free-kick in Irish territory

  • 90'

    4 minutes additional tim to be played

  • 85'

    Azaz and Smallbone combine on the right, Azaz forces a save from Perez

  • 84'

    Abada hits the sidenet

  • 83'

    Tyreik Wright on for Lyons

  • 82'

    Smallbone plays into Lyons in the box and he tries to bend it into the top-right, but misses the target

  • 80'

    Israel corner after Davida's shot defended

  • 77'

    Abada over the bar for Israel

  • 74'

    Connolly's header on Devoy's ball goes right and wide

  • 73'

    Zohar Zasha replaces Herman

  • 72'

    Stoppage in play as Herman receives attention

  • 71'

    Connolly is dispossessed in the Israeli area and the home side attack

  • 70'

    Gorno is replaced by Osher Davida of Standard Liege

  • 63'

    Kanaan and Layous replace Shahar and Leidner for Israel

  • 59'

    Hodge and Tierney are replaced by Finn Azaz and Dawson Devoy

  • 56'

    Gorno misses badly in front of goal after Maher parries away Abada's intial attempt

  • 55'

    Coventry's volley is defended and Abada goes over at the other end!

  • 52'

    Game has opened up in this half, with attacks from both sides

  • 51'

    Gorno goes wide

  • 49'

    Maher saves on Gloukh from outside the area

  • 46'

    Connolly comes so close as he curls a shot around his defender and it goes just wide of the far post

  • 45'

    Back underway with Andy Lyons winning Ireland\'s first corner

  • 47'

    0-0 at Half-Time, Ireland withstand Israeli pressure

  • 45'

    Two minutes added on

  • 44'

    Abada called offside after an Irish mistake at the back, Maher saves regardless

  • 44'

    Perez rises to catch the Irish delivery

  • 43'

    Shahar booked for holding back Tierney's break

  • 39'

    Karzev tries form long range and is just off target

  • 36'

    Gloukh pulls his shot just left of the Irish post as the Israelis build the pressure

  • 34'

    Lieidner fails to control cohen\'s excellent ball over the Irish defence

  • 33'

    Shahar's shot is easily grasped by Maher

  • 32'

    Maher makes a good save after Abada puts Gorno through on goal

  • 30'

    Israel having most of the ball but can't break Ireland down

  • 27'

    Play back underway

  • 26'

    Physios treating Maher

  • 23'

    Abada cuts in and shoots over!

  • 19'

    Aaron Connolly has been left to chase balls up front on his own, with none falling his way as of yet

  • 15'

    Smallbone picks out Hodge and the Wolves midfielder hits over from 20 yards out

  • 9'

    Shahar shoots over the crossbar under pressure

  • 9'

    Ireland defend Israel's free into the box

  • 8'

    Brian Maher booked for handling outside his area

  • 7'

    Joe Hodge has done well to disrupt the Israelis in midfield so far

  • 5'

    Israel putting Ireland under pressure early on

  • 1'

    The home side get things under way!

  • Large crowd in attendance at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv as kick-off fast approaches

  • Both sides appearing to make the switch to a back four tonight after playing three centre-backs in the first-leg

  • Tyriek Wright and Evan Ferguson drop out of Ireland's XI and Andy Lyons and Ross Tierney come in

  • Celtic's Liel Abada returns from Israel's senior side to start for the U21s tonight!

  • Changes from last Friday for both sides

  • Team news will be in shortly, just click the Line Ups tab above

  • Live updates here after kick-off at 6.15pm

  • Welcome to our coverage of Ireland's vital second-leg playoff for a spot at next season's U21 European Championships!


1Daniel Peretz Goalkeeper
3Ziv Morgan Defender
4Roi Herman 19 Midfielder
5Gil Cohen Defender
6Eden Karzev Midfielder 120'
9Idan Gorno 7 Forward
10Liel Abada 20 Midfielder
11Oscar Gloukh 15 Midfielder
16Doron Leidner 8 Defender
17Ido Shahar 22 Midfielder 43'
21Noam Gil Melamud Midfielder
2Karm Jaber Defender
7Osher Davida 9 Forward
8Mohammad Kanaan 16 Forward
13Itai Ben Shabat Defender
15Yoav Hofmeister 11 Midfielder
18Omer Yaacov Nir On Goalkeeper
19Zohar Zasno 4 Defender
20Adir Levi 10 Midfielder
22Hisham Layous 17 Defender


1Brian Maher Goalkeeper 8'
2Lee O’Connor Defender
4Joe Redmond Defender
5Eiran Cashin 3 Defender
6Conor Coventry Midfielder
7Joe Hodge 8 Midfielder
10William Smallbone 14 Forward
11Aaron Connolly 19 Forward
13Jake O’Brien Defender
15Andy Lyons Defender
17Ross Tierney 12 Midfielder
16David Odumosu Goalkeeper
3Sean Roughan 5 Defender
8Dawson Devoy 7 Midfielder 93'
12Finn Azaz 17 Midfielder
14Ollie O’Neill 10 Forward
18Tyreik Wright Forward
19Evan Ferguson 11 Forward 111'
20Ademipo Odubeko Forward
22Festy Ebosele Forward

Past Meetings

(Play Off 1st Leg)
1 - 1
Tallaght Stadium

Ireland v Israel


Bloomfield Stadium
Bloomfield Stadium, HaTkuma, Tel Aviv, Northern Jaffa, Jaffa, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tel Aviv Subdistrict, Tel Aviv District, 6811156, Israel

Jack Joy is a journalism student at Dublin City University