2019 Review: Ireland U17

2019 Review: Ireland U17

For a third straight year, Colin O’Brien spent his summer coaching the Republic of Ireland Under-17s at the UEFA Under-17 European Championships.
24th Dec 2019

This time round, Ireland were the host nation so they used the months ahead of the tournament to take in some friendly games – which proved to be useful exercises.

When the games began in May, Ireland played some terrific football and secured three credible draws but it wasn’t enough to advance to the knock-out stages of the competition.

O’Brien shaped a new squad for the Qualifying Round of the 2019/2020 campaign and they made the most of home advantage in Cork to win all three games and secure a place in the Elite Round.

RESULTS
February 13: Republic of Ireland 1-0 Poland (Friendly)
February 17: Belgium 2-1 Republic of Ireland (Friendly)
March 22: Republic of Ireland 0-1 Finland (Friendly)
March 25: Republic of Ireland 2-1 Finland (Friendly)
May 3: Republic of Ireland 1-1 Greece (EURO Championships)
May 6: Republic of Ireland 1-1 Czech Republic (EURO Championships)
May 9: Belgium 1-1 Republic of Ireland (EURO Championships)
September 7: Republic of Ireland 2-0 Russia (Friendly)
September 9: Republic of Ireland 1-2 Russia (Friendly)
November 12: Republic of Ireland 6-0 Andorra (EURO Qualifier)
November 15: Republic of Ireland 3-1 Montenegro (EURO Qualifier)
November 18: Israel 2-4 Republic of Ireland (EURO Qualifier)

PLAYER STATS

Minutes Played
745 – Anselmo Garcia MacNulty
630 – James Furlong
628 – Joe Hodge
603 – Seamas Keogh
522 – Sean McEvoy
479 – Andrew Omobamidele
452 – Conor Carty
421 – Gavin O’Brien
412 – Matt Everitt
387 – Timi Sobowale
373 – Colin Conroy
366 – Charlie McCann
360 – Daniel Rose
323 – Evan Ferguson
320 – Sinclair Armstrong
306 – Josh Giurgi
314 – Ben McCormack
283 – Robert Mahon
270 – Omotayo Adaramola, Gavin Bazunu, Kyle Martin-Conway
234 – Sean Kennedy
225 – Jimmy Corcoran, Oran Crowe
181 – Ronan McKinley
180 – Festy Ebosele, Oisin Hand, Leigh Kavanagh, Luke Turner
154 – Brandon Holt
152 – Oliver O’Neill
141 – Calum Kavanagh
135 – Harry Halwax
133 – Andrew Moran
126 – Kailin Barlow
99 – Mipo Odubeko
90 – Josh Keely, Daragh Reilly, Adam Wells
80 – Bosun Lawal
79 – Roland Idowu
70 – Toby Owens
63 – Fionnan Coyle, Daniel Gildea
45 – Thomas Considine

Goals Scored
3 – Evan Ferguson, Ben McCormack
2 – Calum Kavanagh, Anselmo Garcia MacNulty, Ben McCormack, Andrew Omobamidele, Armstrong Sinclair
1 – Colin Conroy, Matt Everitt, Josh Giurgi, Robert Mahon, Charlie McCann, Oliver O’Neill, Timi Sobowale, Del Puzo Sanjaume OG

Clean Sheets
2 – Daniel Rose
1 – Gavin Bazunu

Yellow Cards
2 – Conor Carty, Festy Ebosele, Leigh Kavanagh
1 – Sinclair Armstrong, Kailin Barlow, Colin Conroy, Matt Everitt, Joe Hodge, Bosun Lawal, Anselmo Garcia MacNulty, Sean McEvoy, Timi Sobowale

Red Cards
1 – Festy Ebosele

KEY STATS

  • Evan Ferguson, who finished joint top scorer for the Under-17s, also featured for Ireland’s U-16 & U-15 teams in 2019
  • Three players - Andrew Omobamidele, Joe Hodge & Matt Everitt - who starred in the U17 EUROs in May went on to feature in the U19 EUROs in July
  • Colin O'Brien has now led three different teams to successive European Championships - Croatia (2017), England (2018), Republic of Ireland (2019)