Ire­land see off Bos­nia to reach the last eight

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

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.

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