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Noble doubles up for England

Published: Tuesday 16 October 2007, 22.43CET
Republic of Ireland 0-3 England
Mark Noble scored twice as the Group 3 leaders kept up their perfect start with a fourth successive victory.
Published: Tuesday 16 October 2007, 22.43CET

Noble doubles up for England

Republic of Ireland 0-3 England
Mark Noble scored twice as the Group 3 leaders kept up their perfect start with a fourth successive victory.

England maintained their perfect start in qualifying for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship with a 3-0 win away to the Republic of Ireland.

Noble double
Mark Noble scored twice in seven first-half minutes to set Stuart Pearce's side on their way to victory before James Milner added the third on 26 minutes as the Group 3 leaders won their fourth match in succession, still without conceding a goal. Both sides had chances in the early stages as the game started at a high tempo. Noble shot tamely at Darren Randolph when well placed before Anthony Stokes skipped through the England defence only for England goalkeeper Joe Hart to smother his shot.

Milner third
The home side were threatening up front, but were let down at the back on ten minutes. Randolph came for a hanging cross from the left but was unable to gather the ball which fell for Noble who turned it into the unguarded net. Ireland were looking for their first points in the section but their hopes of getting something out of the game faded further seven minutes later. Gabriel Agbonlahor burst down the left and cut the ball back for Noble to sidefoot low into the goal. Milner added the third in fortuitous fashion on 26 minutes, turning beautifully in the area before shooting past Randolph courtesy of a big deflection that wrong-footed the goalkeeper.

Quinn chance
The scoreline was harsh on the Republic of Ireland who were creating chances of their own. Hart dived at full stretch to tip Adam Rooney's shot away on 29 minutes as the home side pressed without finding a way through. The tempo eased after the restart though Noble continued to threaten, drawing a save from Randolph from the edge of the area with 57 minutes played. At the other end Stephen Quinn drew another fine save from Hart in the 72nd minute but the result by then was beyond doubt.

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.13CET

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Lineups

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

England

England

1
RandolphDarren Randolph (GK)
10
AgbonlahorGabriel Agbonlahor
Substitution75
2
NolanEddie Nolan
9
DerbyshireMatt Derbyshire
Substitution66
3
O'HalloranStephen O'Halloran
1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
4
KeoghRichard Keogh
8
HuddlestoneTom Huddlestone
5
O'DeaDarren O'Dea (C)
7
MilnerJames Milner
Goal26
6
GarvanOwen Garvan
Yellow Card56
4
NobleMark Noble
Goal10
Goal17
7
O'BrienJames O'Brien
Yellow Card54
6
OnuohaNedum Onuoha
Substitution77
8
QuinnStephen Quinn
Yellow Card44
2
CranieMartin Cranie
9
RooneyAdam Rooney
Substitution66
3
A. TaylorAndrew Taylor
Yellow Card35
10
StokesAnthony Stokes
5
TaylorSteven Taylor (C)
11
ClarkeBilly Clarke
Yellow Card84
Substitution88
11
WalcottTheo Walcott

Substitutes

16
QuigleyDarren Quigley (GK)
13
AlnwickBen Alnwick (GK)
12
GleesonStephen Gleeson
Substitution88
18
MooreLuke Moore
Substitution66
14
McFaulShane McFaul
17
JeromeCameron Jerome
15
CollinsMichael Collins
16
MuambaFabrice Muamba
13
PowellConor Powell
Substitution66
12
WheaterDavid Wheater
Substitution77
17
CreggPatrick Cregg
15
A. JohnsonAdam Johnson
Substitution75
18
SpillaneMichael Spillane
14
JonesBilly Jones

Coach

Donald Givens (IRL) Stuart Pearce (ENG)

Referee

Andrea De Marco (ITA)

Assistant referees

Luca Maggiani (ITA), Marco Ballabio (ITA)

Fourth official

Massimiliano Velotto (ITA)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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