Ireland U15s: Donohue's youngsters ready for Czechs
Jason Donohue’s side beat Norway 4-1 on Tuesday while the Czechs won 4-3 against the Norwegians. The Irish youngsters will be looking to end their campaign with two wins on the bounce.
This age group have a long term plan in mind as they will be eligible to represent Ireland when we host the UEFA U17 Championships Finals in 2019.
“Troy Parrott was ill for the first game but he’s recovered well and it looks like he’ll be ok. We’ve also a couple of slight knocks that we’re giving treatment to,” explained Ireland Head Coach Donohue.
“From our analysis of their first game against Norway, the Czechs are a very open side and leave a lot of space at the back. We’ll change things a little and play a bit more like we did against the Netherlands.
“The kids are well used to playing against that type of opponent from our games against the Dutch and Poland earlier in the season and that’s the advantage of a tournament like this as it exposes the players to different styles of play.
“We felt going into our Norway game that we’d prepared really well and the training was very good. The win has put a pep in the step of the players and they’ve been really interactive in their individual analysis which is a great sign.
“Everybody who didn’t start the first day will play tomorrow once they’re 100 per cent fit so we’ll make a decision on the team in the morning after we’ve checked everybody’s fitness.
“It’s all about development so we want to get as many players into the games as possible.”
RESULTS & FIXTURES
U15 Invitational Tournament
Tuesday, April 18: Republic of Ireland 4-1 Norway, Artima, Prague
Thursday, April 20: Czech Republic v Republic of Ireland, Brozany nad Ohří (KO 15.30)