U19s ready for UEFA Championships opener in Luxembourg

U19s ready for UEFA Championships opener in Luxembourg

U19s ready for UEFA Championships opener in LuxembourgPAUL DOOLIN’S Republic of Ireland Under-19 side are anticipating a testing start to their UEFA Championships qualifying campaign when they meet hosts Luxembourg in Hesperange tomorrow (6.00pm Irish).
10th Oct 2012

 U19s ready for UEFA Championships opener in Luxembourg

PAUL DOOLIN’S Republic of Ireland Under-19 side are anticipating a testing start to their UEFA Championships qualifying campaign when they meet hosts Luxembourg in Hesperange tomorrow (6.00pm Irish).

The Irish naturally want to get off to a good start to Group Five at the Alphonse Thei Stadium as they will also face FYR Macedonia and Germany later in the group.

“We are looking for a solid start and ideally in these situations you go and get a good result and three points to set you up for the rest of the competition,” said Doolin.

“However, I watched Luxembourg recently against Romania and they looked very well-organised. They are a decent side and they train together four nights a week. You can see that in how they play.

“They are the hosts too and that will give them plenty of motivation to get a good start themselves.”

Doolin and his staff have looked to get their message across to the Irish squad this week and the manager knows that his side will not have anything easy against Luxembourg.

“Ireland lost to Luxembourg in an under-17 game not that long ago so when you take that into consideration there’s no way we’ll be taking them lightly,” he said.

“We have been very careful in our conversations this week that we must focus on being 100 per cent right and not letting any complacency set in.”

Doolin’s squad suffered another injury blow with the loss of Cork City’s Brian Lenihan due to a back injury. SD Galway defender Colm Horgan  has been called up in his place and met up with the squad ahead of today's training session.

FIXTURES:

Thursday October 11

Republic of Ireland v Luxembourg, Hesperange (6.00pm Irish);

Saturday October 13

FYR Macedonia v Republic of Ireland, Hesperange (4.00pm Irish)

Tuesday October 16

Republic of Ireland v Germany, Grevenmacher (6.00pm Irish)

The top two nations qualify for the Elite Qualifying Round with the finals tournament in Lithuania next summer.