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Adam Idah of Republic of Ireland in action against Khachumyan Albert of Armenia. Picture: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Adam Idah of Republic of Ireland in action against Khachumyan Albert of Armenia. Picture: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
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Adam Idah plays a vital part for Irish U21 soccer team in Armenia

CORK'S Adam Idah set up the winning goal for Ireland's U21s as they secured an impressive 1-0 victory over Armenia.

The victory in Yerevan came courtesy of Zack Elbouzedi's second-half strike and despite the red card for Dara O'Shea.

Stephen Kenny gave four players their U21 debut: Thomas O'Connor, Nathan Collins, Danny McNamara and goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu. Unsurprisingly, Ireland dominated the vast majority of the contest to stay on top in their group.

Iceland, Sweden and Italy are also in their section.

The first major chance of the game came in the 18th minute as Gavin Kilkenny found Connor Ronan in space on the left who crossed for former College Corinthians forward Idah, but his glancing header went narrowly over the bar.

The best chance of the first-half came just after the half-hour as the quick-thinking Elbouzedi intercepted the keeper's lofted clearance and after he headed it down for Ronan, Jason Knight was in on goal but fired narrowly wide.

The pressure continued in the second-half and they finally scored in the 63rd minute. 

The impressive Knight won the ball back high up the pitch, played the industrious Idah down the line and his cross was dummied by Ronan to find Elbouzedi, who smashed the ball home.

Ireland continued to look dangerous until the 76th minute when Dara O'Shea was shown a straight red card for his last-ditch tackle on Vahan Bichakhchyan. 

"It's an important victory in the campaign," said Kenny, "and now it's important for us to refocus on the Sweden game on Tuesday to make sure we can get another important result in front of a big crowd at Tallaght Stadium."