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UEFA Under-17 Championship | Pomorac Kostrena, Kostrena
7 May 2017 - 16:30 (local time)

Republic of Ireland 2 - 1 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Roache(7) Idah(29pen) Full-time Vještica(13)
Republic of Ireland Bosnia and Herzegovina

Idah & Roache goals earn Ireland crucial U17EURO win

Colin O’Brien’s Republic of Ireland Under 17 side secured a vital three points against Bosnia & Herzegovina to ensure Group C goes to the wire at the UEFA European Under 17 Championships in Croatia.
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7th May 2017

Following an opening game defeat to Serbia, Ireland knew three points were essential to keep their hopes of qualification alive.

The game was played at a frantic pace which resulted in Ireland getting off to the perfect start. With just the seven minutes on the clock, Rowan Roache found space following a great pass from Adam Idah and the Blackpool player unleashed a right footed drive from the edge of the area that flew into the bottom corner.

The ferocious pace to the game continued and just 5 minutes later Bosnia & Herzegovina were level as Nemanja Vještica headed home Milan Savić's free kick from close range.

Ireland took time to settle following that equaliser, but took the lead once again in the 29th minute. Following good work on the left flank, Aaron Connolly raced into the area before being taken down by Bosnian captain Rijad Sadiku.

Adam Idah

Adam Idah took responsibility and scored his first goal of the tournament, putting the spot kick just out of the reach of goalkeeper Jasmin Krsic.

Ireland withstood the expected second half onslaught with Brian Maher and Jordan Doherty putting their bodies on the line to prevent the Bosnians in dangerous positions. O’Brien’s side now go into their final group game on Wednesday, where they’ll face an already qualified Germany side in Rijeka.

Speaking after the game, Head Coach Colin O’Brien was understandably delighted with how his side bounced back.

“Great game to win. I thought we started the game very well today and took the first goal very well. I felt we dominated for long periods of that first half but we let them back into it with a silly free kick that allowed them to get the ball into the box.

“We came back at them again and deserved the penalty. Second half was a scrappy, very physical game, which tested our defensive principles and organisation to the limit.”

Wednesday’s loss was the first time this squad have tasted defeat, with O’Brien praising the character of the team in preparation for today’s game.

Colin O'Brien

“The players have been excellent since the Serbia game. They spoke well at our team meetings and have trained very well. There was a bit of tension today because we knew what was at stake, so we are very pleased with the win,” he said.

Ireland now face Germany on Wednesday, live on Eurosport, with a place in the quarter-finals the aim – a prospect O’Brien is relishing.

“I can’t wait. I really can’t. Germany are a top footballing nation with quality players but we have some great qualities in our squad too. We’ll prepare for them now and look forward to Wednesday,” he concluded.

Republic of Ireland: 1. Maher (GK); 2. O’Connor (C) (Thompson 65), 3. Ledwidge, 4. Doherty, 5. Collins; 6. Bolger, 9. Roache (Kavanagh 71), 14. O'Farrell; 7. Byrne, 10. Idah, 11. Connolly.

Goals: Roache 7’, Idah 29’

Bosnia & Herzegovina: 1. Kršić (GK), 3.Tegeltija, 5. Sadiku(C), 6. Gazibegović, 8. Santrač, 11. Omerović (16. Domagoj 52), 13. Sejdović, 14. Imamović, 15. Vještica, 17. Mehanović (Sikanjic 54), 18. Savic.

Goal: Vještica 12’

Referee: Fabio Verssimo (POR)

Assistant Referees: Manuel Fernandes (POR), Mircea Grigoriu (ROU)

Fourth Official: Duje Strukan (CRO)

Fixtures/Results

Thursday, 4 May: Republic of Ireland 0-1 Serbia, Stadium Kostrena

Sunday 7 May: Republic of Ireland 2-1 Bosnia & Herzegovina, Stadium Kostrena, Kostrena

Wednesday, 10 May: Republic of Ireland v Germany, Stadium Rujevica, Rijeka, KO 11:00 Irish Time, LIVE on Eurosport 1

U17: Bolger ready for crunch second game

The Republic of Ireland Under 17s face a make or break UEFA European Under 17 Championship clash with Bosnia & Herzegovina on Sunday afternoon.
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6th May 2017

Following a heartbreaking late defeat to Serbia in the opening group game on Thursday, Colin O’Brien’s side have their sights set on a vital three points. 

A key component of the team this season has been Shamrock Rovers midfielder Aaron Bolger who recovered from injury to take his place in the Ireland engine room in the group opener against Serbia. 

Wicklow native Bolger, who only turned 17 in February, has already tasted first team action at club level having made his Shamrock Rovers debut in September 2016. 

He is also an experienced player at this level with 11 appearances for Ireland Under 17s to date and he feels he has developed hugely over the course of the campaign.

“Since I’ve come into the set-up, Colin O’Brien has improved my game a lot and Keith Andrews as well. They both have a lot of experience in the game and it’s great to learn from people like them,” he said.

Reflecting on the defeat to Serbia, Bolger rued a missed opportunity. “I think we started off slow compared to other games this year. In the second half we got into it a bit more and we were unlucky not to get at least a point in the end.”

The Ireland players and management have had time to analyse Thursday’s game and Bolger see Sunday’s tie as a chance to put things right. 

“It’s a must win game. We will be looking to bring in what we’ve done throughout the year for the game and hopefully we’ll do enough to pick up the three points. 

“There is quality throughout this team, we have a bit of everything throughout the squad. 

“We are focused on our own game and know if we can perform to the level we are capable of then we can pick up the three points.”

A key component of the journey so far has been the spirit of this squad. The group got their first taste of playing live on television during Thursday’s opening game with a huge travelling support present inside the stadium – something Bolger says spurs the players on. 

“Being able to represent my country is a very proud thing for me. A lot of friends and family have taken time off work to travel over to support us and that means a huge amount to us. We hopefully can repay that faith with a big three points against Bosnia.“

Live minute-by-minute updates of Republic of Ireland v Bosnia & Herzegovina will be available on FAI.ie with further updates on FacebookTwitter & Instagram throughout the day. The game will be streamed live on Eurosport’s ‘Eurosport Player App’ but please note this is a subscription service.

Republic of Ireland Under 17 Squad - UEFA European Under 17 Championship

Goalkeepers: Brian Maher (St Patrick’s Athletic), Kian Clarke (Bohemians)
Defenders: Lee O’Connor (Manchester United), Kameron Ledwidge (St Kevin’s Boys), Nathan Collins (Cherry Orchard), Jordan Doherty (Sheffield United), Daryl Walsh (Waterford FC), Joe Redmond (Birmingham City)
Midfielders: Aaron Bolger (Shamrock Rovers), Luke Nolan (St Patrick’s Athletic), Brandon Kavanagh (Bohemians), Richard O’Farrell (St Patrick’s Athletic), Gavin Kilkenny (Bournemouth), Callum Thompson (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Forwards: Rowan Roache (Blackpool), Adam Idah (College Corinthians), Aaron Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Tyreik Wright (Lakewood AFC) 

Fixtures/Results

Thursday, 4 May: Republic of Ireland 0-1 Serbia, Stadium Kostrena

Sunday 7 May: Republic of Ireland v Bosnia & Herzegovina, Stadium Kostrena, Kostrena, KO 15:30 Irish Time

Wednesday, 10 May: Republic of Ireland v Germany, Stadium Rujevica, Rijeka, KO 11:00 Irish Time, LIVE on Eurosport 1

Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

1 Maher (G) 2 L. O'Connor (C) 3 Ledwidge 4 Doherty 5 Collins 6 Bolger 7 Nolan 9 Roache 10 Idah 11 Connolly 14 O'Farrell

Bosnia and Herzegovina

1 Kršić (G) 3 Tegeltija 5 Sadiku (C) 6 Gazibegović 8 Santrač 11 Omerović 13 Sejdović 14 Imamović 15 Vještica 17 Mehanović 18 Savić

Substitutes

  • 12 Matej Perković (G)
  • 2 Enio Zilić
  • 4 Dino - Samuel Kurbegović
  • 7 Marko Brkić
  • 9 Džani Salčin
  • 10 Milan Šikanjić
  • 16 Domagoj Marušić

Officials

  • Referee Fabio Verissimo
  • Assistant Referee Manuel Fernandes
  • Assistant Referee Mircea Grigoriu
  • 4th Referee Duje Strukan
  • Uefa Delegate Christian Schmölzer
  • Referee Observer Fritz Stuchlik
  • Argyro Lyra

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 2" Stefan Santrač (Bosnia and Herzegovina) is penalised for a foul on Jordan Doherty (Republic of Ireland).
  • 5" Milan Savić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Kameron Ledwidge (Republic of Ireland).
  • 6" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 6" Nathan Collins (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 6" Eldin Omerović (Bosnia and Herzegovina) fouls.
  • 7" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 9" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Jusuf Gazibegović (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
  • 9" Milan Savić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Kameron Ledwidge (Republic of Ireland).
  • 10" Richard O'Farrell (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 11" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 12" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 12" Aaron Bolger (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Jusuf Gazibegović (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
  • 13" Milan Savić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) takes the free-kick.
  • 13" Nemanja Vještica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) scores!
  • 14" Rijad Sadiku (Bosnia and Herzegovina) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland).
  • 18" Stefan Santrač (Bosnia and Herzegovina) fouls.
  • 19" Aaron Bolger (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Armin Imamović (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
  • 19" Nemanja Vještica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland).
  • 20" Milan Savić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) has an effort on goal.
  • 20" Brian Maher (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 20" Milan Savić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) takes the corner.
  • 20" Nemanja Vještica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) fouls.
  • 22" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 22" Aaron Bolger (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 25" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 26" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 26" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 26" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 27" Milan Savić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) misses the target.
  • 29" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) was fouled in the penalty area by Rijad Sadiku (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • 29" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) scores from the penalty spot.
  • 30" Emir Sejdović (Bosnia and Herzegovina) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland).
  • 32" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 32" Aaron Bolger (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 34" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 35" Milan Savić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) is penalised for a foul on Kameron Ledwidge (Republic of Ireland).
  • 36" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 38" Dobrica Tegeltija (Bosnia and Herzegovina) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Luke Nolan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 38" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 38" Nathan Collins (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 39" Richard O'Farrell (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 40" Aaron Bolger (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Jusuf Gazibegović (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
  • 40" Aaron Bolger (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 41" Armin Imamović (Bosnia and Herzegovina) misses the target.
  • 42" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 44" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jusuf Gazibegović (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
  • 45" Dobrica Tegeltija (Bosnia and Herzegovina) is flagged for offside.
  • 48" Milan Savić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) delivers the corner.
  • 50" Armin Imamović (Bosnia and Herzegovina) fouls.
  • 52" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 52" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 53" Domagoj Marušić (in) - Eldin Omerović (out) (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • 55" Milan Šikanjić (in) - Elvis Mehanović (out) (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • 56" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 57" Jordan Doherty (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Armin Imamović (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
  • 58" Stefan Santrač (Bosnia and Herzegovina) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland).
  • 58" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 58" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 59" Armin Imamović (Bosnia and Herzegovina) has an effort on goal.
  • 59" Brian Maher (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 60" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 60" Nathan Collins (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 61" Milan Šikanjić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) has an attempt on goal.
  • 61" Brian Maher (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 63" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 64" Milan Savić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) takes the free-kick.
  • 64" Nemanja Vještica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) has an attempt on goal.
  • 64" Brian Maher (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 65" Domagoj Marušić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) delivers the corner.
  • 65" Armin Imamović (Bosnia and Herzegovina) is penalised for a foul on Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland).
  • 65" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Emir Sejdović (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
  • 66" Callum Thompson (in) - Lee O'Connor (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 66" Milan Savić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) has a shot blocked.
  • 69" Stefan Santrač (Bosnia and Herzegovina) fouls.
  • 70" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 70" Rowan Roache (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 70" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Rijad Sadiku (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
  • 71" Brandon Kavanagh (in) - Rowan Roache (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 71" Marko Brkić (in) - Emir Sejdović (out) (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • 72" Aaron Bolger (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Milan Šikanjić (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
  • 73" Armin Imamović (Bosnia and Herzegovina) fouls.
  • 75" Armin Imamović (Bosnia and Herzegovina) misses the target.
  • 77" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Rijad Sadiku (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
  • 80" Aaron Bolger (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jusuf Gazibegović (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
  • 80+2" Luke Nolan (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 80+2" Domagoj Marušić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) takes the free-kick.
  • 80+2" Milan Savić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) takes the corner.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

Corners Won

9 4

Shots on Target

2 5

Shots off Target

9 3

Fouls Committed

16 17
  • Republic of Ireland

    Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • 2Goals1
  • 1Yellow Card(s)0
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 2Shots on Goal5
  • 9Shots Wide3
  • 1Shot(s) Blocked1
  • 4Save(s)0
  • 12Total Shots9
  • 16Fouls Committed17
  • 9Corner(s)4
  • 3Offside(s)1