PREVIEW | Ireland U21 v San Marino U21
A win would see them claim six points out of six after they overcame Türkiye to win a dramatic game 3-2 - thanks to a 96th minute winner from Aidomo Emakhu.
Ireland are boosted by the return of two front men to the ranks. Sinclair Armstrong, who made his senior debut against The Netherlands on Sunday, returns to the Under-21s camp and is available for selection. As is Conor Carty who has shaken off illness and trained with the team ahead of Tuesday’s qualifier.
They will be without Sean Roughan who will miss the game after he was red carded for his celebrations following Friday's late winner.
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What they said
Head Coach Jim Crawford said: “It’s a different type of game to Friday, where Türkiye will give anyone in the group a run for their money. San Marino are going to come and defend deep, put bodies behind the ball but it’s up to us to break them down. For me it’s about us getting the three points – that’s first and foremost.”
Ireland Under-21 defender Bosun Lawal said: “Even before the game on Friday there was confidence in the group. When you look at the game against Iceland, we went down to 10-men and we fought back to get the win. We always feel we have that fight in us and on Friday we showed what we are about as a team.”
Team News: Sinclair Armstrong and Conor Carty are both available for selection after returning to the squad. Sean Roughan out as he serves a one-match ban.
Fixture: Ireland U21 v San Marino U21
Date: Tuesday, September 12
KO time: 7.30pm
Stadium: Turner’s Cross Stadium, Cork
Where to watch: RTÉ2
Match stat: This is the first time both these teams have competed at Under-21s level
Republic of Ireland Under-21 Squad
Goalkeepers: Killian Cahill (Brighton & Hove Albion), Josh Keeley (Tottenham Hotspur), Owen Mason (Wexford, on loan from Mansfield Town)
Defenders: James Abankwah (Charlton Athletic, on loan from Udinese), Sam Curtis (St. Patrick’s Athletic), James Furlong (Hull City), Anselmo Garcia MacNulty (PEC Zwolle), Sean Grehan (Crystal Palace), Bosun Lawal (Fleetwood Town, on loan from Celtic)
Midfielders: Baba Adeeko (Wigan Athletic), Zak Gilsenan (Blackburn Rovers), Matt Healy (Royal Francs Borains), Ed McJannet (Lecce), Adam Murphy (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Killian Phillips (Wycombe Wanderers, on loan from Crystal Palace), Rocco Vata (Celtic)
Forwards: Sinclair Armstrong (Queen’s Park Rangers), Conor Carty (St. Patrick's Athletic, on loan from Bolton Wanderers), Aidomo Emakhu (Millwall), Johnny Kenny (Shamrock Rovers, on loan from Celtic), Andrew Moran (Blackburn Rovers, on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion), Tony Springett (Norwich City)