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REPORT | MU17 | Melia hits hat-trick in 3-0 Ukraine win
St. Patrick’s Athletic’s Mason Melia hit a hat-trick for the young Boys in Green as Ireland edge closer to a first Under-17s EUROs since 2019.
Two goals from the Pat’s marksman in the first half was followed by his third just after the hour mark but Ireland would end the game with 10 men after captain Freddie Turley saw red late on.
Colin O’Brien’s team, who pulled off an impressive 2-2 draw against Italy earlier in the week, can confirm their place at the finals in Hungary in May with a draw over hosts Cyprus on Monday.
O’Brien made several changes to the starting line-up, notably the re-introduction of Liverpool’s Trent Kone Doherty. And the Liverpool winger didn’t take long to make an impact.
Kone Doherty got down the left wing and crossed into the box, Melia took advantage of the hesitancy between the goalkeeper and the defender and tapped home for 1-0 in the just the fourth minute.
Eight minutes later it was 2-0. Luke Kehir drilled a ball across goal and Melia was on hand to convert it past Markiian Bakus to give Ireland a two-goal cushion.
At the break Ike Orazi was brought on for Kone Doherty and his introduction had some impact. The Shamrock Rovers forward drove towards the by-line and pulled it back for Melia to complete his hat-trick in the 62nd minute.
O’Brien will have to make do without his captain Turley for the final qualifier against Cyprus after he was dismissed following a foul on Ukraine skipper Matvii Ponomarnenko.
However Ireland know should they win on Monday they’ll be heading to the EUROs in Hungary.
Republic of Ireland: Healy, Harnett, Turley (C), Ashbee, O’Sullivan, McGrath, McAndrew (Moore, 73), Kehir (Babb, 77), Razi (Akachukwu, 68), Kone Doherty (Orazi, 46), Melia (Okosun, 73)
Ukraine: Bakus, Bakai (Kaidalov, 66), Korobov, Zakharchenko, Dykyi, Ischenko (Rusnak, 66), Pashko, Bilyi (Osypenko, 66), Khan (Budko, 33), Kalyn, Ponomarnenko (C)
Referee: Mohammad Usman Aslam (Norway)
UEFA European Under-17 Championship Elite Round Qualifiers/Results
Tuesday, March 7 | Italy MU17 2-2 Ireland MU17
Friday, March 10 | Ireland MU17 3-0 Ukraine MU17
Monday, March 13 | Cyprus MU17 v Ireland MU17, Stelios Kyriakides Stadium, Paphos, Cyprus, KO 1pm
- 1 Viacheslav Surkis (G)
- 3 Danylo Harazha
- 6 Bohdan Budko
- 7 Kyrylo Osypenko
- 9 Vladyslav Rusnak
- 16 Viktor Tsukanov
- 17 Kyrylo Dihtiar
- 18 Danylo Kaidalov
- 19 Hennadii Synchuk
Republic of Ireland
- 16 Joseph Collins (G)
- 2 Daniel Babb
- 5 Jake Grante
- 9 Nickson Okosun
- 11 Ikechukwu Orazi
- 14 Matthew Moore
- 15 Taylor Mooney
- 17 Romeo Akachukwu
- 20 Matthew Murray
- Referee Mohammad Usman Aslam
- Assistant Referees Aleksander Jæger
- UEFA Delegate Alexandru Deaconu
- Assistant Referee Two Eraklis Komodromos
- Fourth Official Kyriakos Athanasiou
- Referee Observer Alexandru Deaconu
- Republic of Ireland
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