Italy U21 2 - 4 Rep of Ireland U21

Match info: European Under-21 Championship Qualifying - Group 7 at

Date: 10/09/2012 KO: 17:30 Ref: Ivan Kruzliak Att: 6,000

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Italy U21

Luca Caldirola 35
Stephan El Shaarawy 89


Rep Ire U21

Sean Murray 23
Aaron Doran 57,80
Conor Henderson 58

FT (ht: 1-1)

  • Last Updated: September 10 2012, 21:33 BST

Inverness midfielder Aaron Doran scored twice as the Republic of Ireland Under-21s rounded off their European Championship qualifying campaign with a superb 4-2 win over Italy in Casarano.

Sala tries to escape from White.
Sala tries to escape from White.

Defeat to Hungary on Thursday had ended hopes of nudging into a play-off place in Group Seven but Noel King's men finished with a flourish despite finishing the game with nine men after two red cards.

Sean Murray put Ireland in front in the 23rd minute but Luca Caldirola equalised on 35 for the Italians, who were already guaranteed qualification as group winners.

Another Italian victory seemed certain when Derrick Williams was sent off in the 37th minute for a professional foul, but Aaron McCarey saved the resulting penalty and instead it was the visitors who took control.

Two goals in as many minutes just before the hour from Doran and Conor Henderson gave the Irish a 3-1 lead and they made it four eight minutes from time when Doran added his second of the game.

Anthony Forde was the second Republic player to see red for two bookable offences in the final minutes, and Stephan El Shaarawy grabbed a consolation goal for the home side in injury time.