Ireland’s U-21s botched the opportunity to meet all requirements for a first major tournament, experiencing a terrible punishment shoot-out rout to Israel in their Euro 2023 play-off.
Tyreik Wright, Evan Ferguson and Dawson Devoy skipped their spot-kicks before Osher Davida hit the triumphant punishment, as Israel advanced to the following summer’s finals in Romania and Georgia.
Ireland was on the cusp of history, yet will get back pondering what could have been after missing the mark in a praiseworthy, however tiresome execution in the 30-degree Tel Aviv heat.
Brian Maher, the Derry City goalkeeper, created a top-notch save to deny Idan Gorno an opener before the Israeli forward neglected a glaring open objective in the final part.
The guests were under the cosh for huge pieces of the initial time frame yet had more delight proceeding after the break, with Andy Lyons and Aaron Connolly going nearest.
Administrator Jim Crawford decided on two changes from Friday’s first-leg attract Tallaght, with Lyons and Ross Tierney supplanting Wright and Ferguson, as the last option wasn’t fit to fire in the wake of getting a lower leg injury in the primary leg last Friday.
There was an early panic for Ireland at Bloomfield Arena. Maher was reserved as he misinterpreted an Israeli through ball and left himself no decision except to punch it clear of Gorno further his case.
Ireland set up their best move of the half in 15 minutes. Will Smallbone coolly set the ball via Karzev’s legs and discovered Joe Hodge looking for the edge of the area, whose work cruised right over the crossbar.
Maher might have been to blame for Gorno’s opener in Tallaght, yet the 21-year-old created a top-notch stop to deny the Israeli forward one more objective at the half-hour mark following a wonderful through ball by Celtic’s Liel Abada.
Minutes after the fact, Gloukh avoided past Hodge and terminated inches wide of the post from six yards out, wasting the most obvious opportunity with regards to the initial half.
Ireland had another panic not long before the break. Conor Coventry lost the ball and permitted Abada clean through. Maher delivered another brilliant save; however, the linesman erroneously raised his banner and called offside.
Minutes into the final part, Connolly, who got the man-of-the-match grant in the primary leg, broke forward and cut inside before sending his twisting exertion simply wide.
Israel botched a once-in-a-lifetime chance to start to lead the pack for 55 minutes. Eiran Cashin’s unfortunate freedom dropped to Abada. Maher parried the Celtic forward’s work before Gorno cut his darted wide yards away from an open objective in a staggering miss.
Minutes later, Joe Redmond, on his second U-21 cap, denied Abada’s depiction with a stupendous block.
Substitute Finn Azaz, likewise qualified for Israel, had a splendid effect off the seat, winning belonging back and putting up Connolly also Smallbone in the last 3rd. Azaz broke forward again on 85 minutes and constrained areas of strength for a from Daniel Peretz.
In extra-time, Hisham Layous turned past Devoy however discharged his shot high over Maher’s bar as the two sides purged their seats. However, hardly any reasonable possibilities came the method of one or the other side, as they toiled in extra time.
West Ham’s Coventry committed no error with Ireland’s most memorable punishment; however, Wright and Ferguson saw theirs saved before Israel chief Gil Cohen missed to hand Ireland a help.
However, Devoy’s spot-kick was denied before Davida booked Israel’s spot at the finals.
It implied despair for Ireland in Tel Aviv.