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Stokes is on the mark for Irish U19s

IRELAND'S U19 side enjoyed the best-possible start to their European Championship qualifying campaign as they earned a 1-0 Group Six win over Malta last night.

Eoghan Stokes picked up a cross from Galway FC man Ryan Manning on 17 minutes and the Leeds United man beat the Maltese keeper to give Ireland the lead.

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Manning and Harry Charlsey went close to adding another goal for Ireland later on while Ireland's Belgian-based keeper Liam Bossin was well-protected by his back four and he kept a clean sheet. Next up for Ireland is a clash with Gibraltar at Wexford's Ferrycarrig Park tomorrow (3pm) with the final game of the four-team tournament against Switzerland in Waterford on Tuesday night.


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