The Republic of Ireland Under-17 side will travel across the water to England on the 4th-20th of May for the UEFA European Under-17 Championships.
Having already sealed qualification at the weekend, Troy Parrott’s second-half penalty earned Ireland a 1-0 victory in Poland, guaranteeing the Boys in Green top spot in the group after a stellar campaign.
Colin O’Brien’s U17 side produced an impressive display throughout the elite round of qulaifying and progressed as top seed with an unbeaten display, winning six games out of six.
6 wins from 6 ✅
18 Goals ✅
5 Clean Sheets ✅
European Championship Qualification ✅
Top seeding at #U17EURO ✅
— FAIreland ⚽️?? (@FAIreland) March 27, 2018
O’Brien reflected on his teams campaign after the victory.
It’s been a fantastic campaign. There was a lot of tension today with Poland looking to qualify too. The crowns were trying to get behind their team from the off.
People in the squad are playing for places for the European Championships now. We made changes today and those players impressed. It’s all about making the squad stronger ahead of the Finals.
The players can enjoy the next few days, but then the focus starts on the Finals. It’s a great day today for youth football in Ireland.
A noteable mention must go to Irish striker Adam Idah who finished top scorer in the qualifying rounds with 7 goals. The Norwich City youth striker has been in fantastic form for both club and country and could possibly be one to look out for in the future.
The draw for the UEFA European Under-17 Championships will take place in England on April 5th, with Ireland placing as a top seeded team. This will be the Under-17’s fourth appearance at the competition (and third in the last four years) as they will look to improve on last year’s quarter final spot.
Dean Byrne, Pundit Arena.