Northern Ireland's hopes of qualifying for the 2013 Under-21 European Championship took another blow as they lost 2-0 to Serbia at Coleraine's Showgrounds.
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In what could be manager Steve Beaglehole's final match in charge - his contract expires at the end of the year and the next fixture is not until February - his side lost out to late goals from Sasa Markobic and Nemanja Gedelj.
Beaglehole had a stronger squad than usual available to him with the senior side not in action but even they could not stop a third defeat in five matches.
Ipswich's Josh Carson hit the crossbar and Brentford's Adam Thompson squandered a header before Markobic struck with 10 minutes remaining.
Blackburn defender James Knowles then conceded a penalty three minutes later, with Gedelj converting.
N Ireland U21: Devlin, Hodson, Dudgeon, Clucas, Thompson, Conor McLaughlin, Ferguson (Lavery 79), Carson, Magennis, Grigg (Knowles 46), Gorman (Winchester 79).
Subs Not Used: Drummond, Hegarty, Paddy McLaughlin, Donnelly.
Serbia U21: Branimir Aleksic, Medojevic, Gudelj, Milunovic (Sasa Markovic 60), Ignjatovic, Duricic, Mladenovic, Lazar Markovic (Despotovic 60), Kojic (Krsticic 88), Milivojevic, Nastasic.
Subs Not Used: Kirovski, Miljkovic, Scepovic, Milanovic.
Goals: Sasa Markovic 80,Gudelj 83 pen.
Ref: Sergejus Slyva (Lithuania).