Ireland ready to face Armenia in UEFA U17s qualifier

Ireland ready to face Armenia in UEFA U17s qualifier

THE Republic of Ireland U17 side will face hosts Armenia in the second game of their UEFA Championships qualifying campaign in Yerevan tomorrow.
25th Oct 2013

THE Republic of Ireland U17 side will face hosts Armenia in the second game of their UEFA Championships qualifying campaign in Yerevan tomorrow.

After beating Gibraltar 4-1 on Thursday, Head Coach Tom Mohan's side go into the game sharing top spot in Qualifying Round Group 7 with England, who beat Armenia 4-0.

Mohan believes the Armenians will provide his side with a test and expects the hosts to bounce back following their defeat by the English.

"England won 4-0 but you can't look too much into that. They may be very different against us," he said.

"Armenia looked strong up front with a decent centre-forward and plenty of talented individuals we'll have to be aware of. They conceded an early goal against a very good England which may have changed their approach. They're a hard-working side.

"Everybody in our camp is in good spirits. We have no injury concerns. We created lots of chances against Gibraltar and we will need to be more clinical with our chances.

"This is a very important game for us and we want to get control of it early. In international football you have to take the chances that come your way.

"There will be some areas we may freshen it up. There's real competition in the squad which is what we've been looking for."

FIXTURES

Thursday, October 24
Republic of Ireland 4 Gibraltar 1, Yerevan (ARM).

Saturday, October 26
Republic of Ireland v Armenia, Yerevan (ARM) (2.00pm)

Tuesday, October 29
Republic of Ireland v England, Yerevan (ARM) (12.00pm)