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After a 1-0 loss on Tuesday, the young Irish side suffered a second successive friendly defeat at the hands of Norway despite Sam Byrne bagging a late equaliser

The Republic of Ireland Under-19 side were narrowly defeated for the second time in three days as they went down 2-1 against Norway in Thursday afternoon's friendly international.

In the absence of manager Paul Doolin, assistant Jim Crawford took charge of the Boys in Green and saw his side create early chances through Jack Byrne and Conor Wilkinson. However, the visitors took the lead against the run of play on 18 minutes when Bard Finne's shot rebounded off the crossbar for Alexander Sorloth to head in with Aaron Myles out of position.

Substitute Sam Byrne caused problems for the Norwegian defence after the break, and was gifted the equaliser less than 20 minutes from time as goalkeeper Ole Opheim passed the ball straight to him, allowing the Manchester United forward to stroke the ball into the net.

Norway struck again in the 84th minute when Vergard Bergan beat his marker to head in a corner and give the visitors their second win of the week.

Doolin's side will play a friendly double header against Slovenia in September before travelling to Sweden for Uefa European Under-19 Championship qualifiers the following month.

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