U-17 side lose out to France

Republic of Ireland 1 France 2

A last-minute goal denied Ireland a point against a fancied French side as they opened their UEFA Championship challenge with heartache in Antalya, Turkey.

A first half lead goal from striker Paul Murphy and a brilliant goalkeeping display from Ger Hanley looked to have earned Ireland a draw.

But a mistake by Gavin Gunning in the third minute of stoppage time gifted the ball to substitute Alexandre Lacazette who controlled it well before volleying home.

Ipswich Town-based striker Murphy arrived to side foot home at the far post from Cunningham's low cross to give Sean McCaffrey's side a 36th minutes lead.

Hanley kept Ireland ahead seconds before the break with a stunning save from Sebastien Faure's deflected shot.

With the French chasing the game hard throughout the second half, Hanley excelled again with a stunning stop on 58 minutes.

Chelsea's Gael Kakuta showed brilliant feet to set up Gilles Sunu, but Hanley was off his lien to make the stop.

But France's pressure told on 65 minutes when Yannis Tafer raced through the inside right channel to finally beat Hanley with a left foot shot into the corner from just inside the box before they won it at the death.

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