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Northern Ireland U21s beaten

Northern Ireland U21s beaten
By PA Sport

16/11/2011 at 01:47Updated 16/11/2011 at 01:59

Northern Ireland's hopes of qualifying for the U21 European Championship took another blow as they lost 2-0 to Serbia at Coleraine's Showgrounds.

In what could be manager Steve Beaglehole's final match in charge - his contract expires at the end of the year and the next fixture is not until February - his side lost out to late goals from Sasa Markobic and Nemanja Gedelj.

Beaglehole had a stronger squad than usual available to him with the senior side not in action but even they could not stop a third defeat in five matches.

Ipswich's Josh Carson hit the crossbar and Brentford's Adam Thompson squandered a header before Markobic struck with 10 minutes remaining.

Blackburn defender James Knowles then conceded a penalty three minutes later, with Gedelj converting.

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