Ireland see off Bosnia to reach the last eight
With plenty to spare, the Republic of Ireland blazed into the quarter-finals of the Uefa Under-17 European Championships yesterday by seeing off Bosnia-Herzegovina at St George’s Park.
Ireland were on their way to the draw required to seal a top-two finish from Group C when Troy Parrott buried a sublime free-kick with 11 minutes remaining.
Adam Idah underlined their supremacy by bagging a second in stoppage time, ensuring they set up Monday’s last-eight tie against the Netherlands, impressive winners of Group D at the 16-nation showpiece.
Ireland progress with six points from their three group matches. Having lost their opener 2-0 to group victors Belgium last Saturday, Parrott’s winner earned three points against Denmark before yesterday’s second win in four days.
Speaking afterwards, Ireland manager Colin O’Brien felt his side were full value for their victory. “The boys recovered from defeat to Belgium by deservedly beating Denmark and now Bosnia. We could have scored earlier but Troy and Adam got the goals later and we start preparing for the challenge against a talented Dutch side straight away.”
Ireland should have been out of sight by the break. Top scorer Adam Idah missed two chances inside the opening 10 minutes, while captain Nathan Collins had the ball in the net also only for his header to be ruled out for offside.
Ireland remained dominant after the break, with Jason Knight arrowing a shot across goal and beyond the far post two minutes into the second half and Idah testing the Bosnian keeper.
The game seemed to heading for a draw, but up popped Parrott When Ireland substitute Max Murphy was fouled 20 yards out, the Tottenham forward dinked his free-kick over the wall and into the top corner.
The 16-year-old was involved in the second goal, freeing Idah who brushed off his marker before stroking the ball home from 10 yards.
Monday’s quarter-final will be shown live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player. REPUBLIC O FIRE LAND:JCorc or an (Cherry Orchard ); OM c En tee( New ca st leUtd ), N Collins( Stoke City ), KL edw id ge (Southampton ), L Con ne ll( Bolton Wanderers ); J Knight( Derby County ), B Coffey( Celtic ); T Wright(Aston Villa),SBrennan (South amp ton),TParrott( Tot ten ham Hot spur ); A Id ah( Norwich City ). Subs: M Murphy( Stoke City) for Con nell (58 mins),C Thompson( Wolves) for Brennan (64 mins),M Walsh( Swansea City) for Wright.