2019 Review: Ireland U19

2019 Review: Ireland U19

It was a year to remember for Tom Mohan as he led the Republic of Ireland Under-19s to the UEFA European Championships for the first time since 2011.
26th Dec 2019

A daunting trip to Russia for three Elite Round qualifiers was successfully negotiated and the team booked their place in the final eight in Armenia. But that is when the trouble began as they were unable to call on several players.

Still, Mohan – and his staff – worked wonders to guide the team to the semi-finals and become the 10th best-ranked team in Europe at their age grade.

The 2019/2020 qualifying campaign did not prove to be as memorable as Ireland crashed out at the Qualifying Round following defeats to Switzerland and Austria.

RESULTS
March 20: Republic of Ireland 5-0 Romania (EURO Qualifier)
March 23: Republic of Ireland 3-1 Azerbaijan (EURO Qualifier)
March 26: Russia 0-2 Republic of Ireland (EURO Qualifier)
July 24: Norway 1-1 Republic of Ireland (EURO Championships)
July 18: Republic of Ireland 0-1 France (EURO Championships)
July 24: Republic of Ireland 2-1 Czech Republic (EURO Championships)
July 24: Portugal 4-0 Republic of Ireland (EURO Championships)
October 12: Republic of Ireland 0-1 Denmark (Friendly)
October 14: Republic of Ireland 0-2 Denmark (Friendly)
November 14: Switzerland 2-1 Republic of Ireland (EURO Qualifier)
November 16: Republic of Ireland 13-0 Gibraltar (EURO Qualifier)
November 19: Republic of Ireland 0-2 Austria (EURO Qualifier)

PLAYER STATS

Minutes Played
945 – Oisin McEntee
727 – Mark McGuinness
540 – Kameron Ledwidge, Brian Maher
534 – Andy Lyons
532 – Ali Reghba
472 – Jonathan Afolabi
415 – Festy Ebosele
412 – Barry Coffey
357 – Tyreik Wright
351 – Joe Hodge
344 – Andrew Omobamidele
270 – Jimmy Corcoran
276 – Matt Everitt, Jack James
270 – Lee O’Connor
250 – Conor Noss
245 – Mazeed Ogungbo
243 – Ryan Cassidy
233 – Brandon Kavanagh
219 – Armstrong Oko-Flex
210 – Jamie Bowden
193 – Timi Sobowale
188 – Conor Grant, Jason Knight
183 – Alex Gilbert
182 – Lewis Richards
180 – Aaron Bolger
170 – Luca Connell, Will Ferry
169 – Will Smallbone
159 – Ross Tierney
155 – Adam O’Reilly
138 – Tom Cannon
120 – Sean Bohan
101 – Richie O’Farrell
96 – Tom Gaston
92 – Niall Morahan
90 – Ben Greenwood, George McMahon
60 – Bobby Jones
53 – George Nunn
45 – Dawson Devoy, Donal Higgins, Harvey Neville
42 – Ciaran Brennan
8 – Ronan Boyce

Goals Scored
5 – Tyreik Wright
4 – Jonathan Afolabi
2 – Jamie Bowden, Mark McGuinness, Will Smallbone
1 – Thomas Cannon, Ryan Cassidy, Barry Coffey, Joe Hodge, Jason Knight, Oisin McEntee, Andrew Omobamidele, Ali Reghba, Lewis Richards, Ross Tierney, Shay Jones OG, Claudiu Petrila OG

Clean Sheets
1 – Sean Bohan, Brian Maher, George McMahon

Yellow Cards
2 – Jonathan  Afolabi, Festy Ebosele, Mark McGuinness,  Lee O’Connor, Maseed Ogungbo, Tyreik Wright
1 – Aaron Bolger, Luca Connell, Alexander Gilbert, Joe Hodge, Kameron Ledwidge, Andy Lyons, Adam O’Reilly, Ali Reghba, Ross Tierney

Red Cards
1 – Barry Coffey, Adam O’Reilly

KEY STATS

  • Tom Mohan’s team finished the year as UEFA’s 10th best-ranked side, in spite of missing out on the Elite Round of the 2019-2020 European Championships
  • Ireland were without 11 players going into the 2019 UEFA Under-19 European Championships in Armenia due to not being released by their clubs
  • Jonathan Afolabi was selected onto the UEFA Team of the Tournament following his performances at the Under-19 European Championships