Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 - 2 Republic of Ireland
U17 EURO: Ireland beat Bosnia to seal quarter final spot
Troy Parrott’s sensational free kick set Ireland on the way to a fantastic 2-0 win over Bosnia & Herzegovina at St George’s Park.
The Ireland forward hit a smashing free kick over the wall and into the top corner of Luka Kacavenda’s net with Adam Idah's late goal sealing Ireland’s place in the quarter finals. Idah’s goal increased his tally for the season to 9 goals from 9 games.
The Republic of Ireland now face the Netherlands in Monday’s quarter final in a game that will be shown live on RTE 2. Time and venue will be confirmed by UEFA later this evening.
Republic of Ireland: Corcoran; Ledwidge, McEntee; Collins ©, Connell (Murphy 58); Knight, Brennan (Thompson 64), Coffey, O’Reilly; Wright (Walsh 75), Idah, Parrott.
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Kacavenda; Muminovic (Đokanović 46), Rankic, Voloder, Islamovic; Nikolic, Mehic; Hasic, Saric (Bačevac 58), Stanic; Memisevic.
Referee: Halil Umut Meler (TUR)
U17 EURO: Ireland ready for Bosnian showdown
Ireland currently sit second in the Group, ahead of Bosnia on goal difference, with Colin O’Brien’s side guaranteed a quarter final place with either a win or a draw.
A defeat for Ireland will see the Bosnians take their place in Monday’s last eight clash with Group D winners Netherlands.
Ireland and Bosnia & Herzegovina are no strangers to each other having met at the same stage of last year’s competition – Ireland running out 2-1 winners that day thanks to goals from Adam Idah and Rowan Roache.
Speaking ahead of the game, Head Coach Colin O’Brien was pleased with the position of his side going into the final group game.
“We’ve had two days recovery since game two, we were back on the training field today with everybody available. It was a really good session, just a little bit of preparation left now ahead of the final game against Bosnia. We’re in a great position, we spoke before to tournament about making sure everything was alive for game three and we’ve done that,” the former Cork City man said.
Ireland come into this game off the back of a 1-0 win over Denmark in St George’s Park on Tuesday, with O’Brien taking plenty of positives from his team’s display.
“We limited the opposition’s goalscoring opportunities and made the better chances ourselves. It was a really good team performance and something we’ve got to carry into game three now,” O’Brien added.
Bosnia opened their campaign with an impressive late win over Denmark with O’Brien knowing a tough task awaits on Friday.
“They are fighters, they’ll play right to the end, they have a never say die attitude and they have a couple of quality players so if you don’t prepare right they’ll hurt you.”
Group C Fixtures/Results
Denmark 2-3 Bosnia & Herzegovina, Saturday 5 May, Loughborough University Stadium
Republic of Ireland 0-2 Belgium, Saturday 5 May, Loughborough University Stadium.
Republic of Ireland 1-0 Denmark, 1pm Tuesday 8 May, St. George's Park.
Bosnia & Herzegovina 0-4 Belgium, 7pm Tuesday 8 May, Rotherham United
Belgium v Denmark, 1pm Friday 11 May, Chesterfield FC
Bosnia & Herzegovina v Republic of Ireland, 1pm Friday 11 May, St. George's Park. SOLD OUT
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Republic of Ireland
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Republic of Ireland
- 1Yellow Card(s)0
- 0Red Card(s)0
- 2Shots on Goal7
- 4Shots Wide7
- 4Shot(s) Blocked3
- 10Total Shots17
- 15Fouls Committed12