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Future Is Bright! Ireland U19s Defeat The Dutch And Top Euro Group

Ireland Adam Idah

The Republic of Ireland U19s have pulled off a remarkable result in the European Championships after defeating the Netherlands 2-1 at the City Calling Stadium in Longford. 

Going into this match, Tom Mohan’s side were guaranteed progression to the ‘Elite Round’ due to their previous wins over Bosnia & Herzegovina and the Faroe Islands. The Netherlands only needed to avoid defeat to clinch top spot in the group but that now goes to Ireland thanks to today’s victory.

Speaking ahead of today’s tie, Mohan had said the side would do all they can to win the group, despite already qualifying.

“We want to win the group. We want to be as highly seeded as possible. That’s the challenge now for the players. We’re treating this as an Elite Phase game, against Elite Phase opponents”, Mohan revealed.

“Spirits are high in the camp ahead of the game. It’s a brilliant reward for the players to have qualified for the Elite Round with a game to spare.”

Ole Romenij opened the scoring for the Dutch after 15 minutes but Ireland equalised thanks to a strike from Norwich City striker Adam Idah.

Ireland Adam Idah

William Ferry then got the crucial winning goal after 70 minutes and the Republic of Ireland were able to hold on for a famous win.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter

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