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Ireland ready for Czech test in Waterford

Tournament ambassador John O’Shea will be in attendance


The Republic of Ireland Under-17s are itching to get back into action in the 2019 UEFA European Under-17 Championships as they prepare to take on Czech Republic in the RSC, Waterford on Monday, May 6.

Ireland drew their first game in Group A following the concession of a late equaliser to Greece, but their overall performance – in front of 4,265 spectators in Tallaght Stadium – has given them the belief that they can advance in this competition.

Training has gone well with a few players recovering from slight knocks, while Head Coach Colin O’Brien is keen for his squad to embrace the opportunity of featuring in this tournament on home soil as they set about taking on Czech Republic.

Ireland have a full squad to choose from with goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran available after serving a ban for the draw with Greece.

Republic of Ireland Head Coach Colin O’Brien
“We are in good shape and ready for our second game of the tournament. The players are upbeat and they know what is at stake with everything to play for in Group A after all four teams drew in the opening round.

“We have always received a great welcome in Waterford and the energy from the crowd will be important, as it gave our players a boost in Tallaght Stadium last Friday. We hope that they can experience the same again in the RSC on Monday night.

“There were a lot of good points to take from our performance against Greece, especially some of our patterns of play, our pressing, and our counter-attacking. Now, we have an opportunity to take those positives into our next game and add even more to them in order to secure victory.”

Republic of Ireland
Goalkeepers: Gavin Bazunu (Manchester City),

Jimmy Corcoran (Preston North End),

Harry Halwax (Derby County)

Defenders: Sean McEvoy (Ballinmallard United),

Anselmo Garcia McNulty (Real Betis),

Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich City),

Timi Sobowale (Manchester City),

James Furlong (Shamrock Rovers)

Midfielders: Charlie McCann (Manchester United),

Joe Hodge (Manchester City),

Brandon Holt (St Patrick’s Athletic),

Seamas Keogh (Southampton),

Ronan McKinley (Derry City),

Sean Kennedy (Sunderland),

Festy Ebsoele (Derby County),

Roland Idowu (Southampton)

Forwards: Matt Everitt (Brighton & Hove Albion),

Conor Carty (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

, Joshua Giurgi (Norwich City)

Czech Republic
Goalkeepers: Lukáš Horníček (FK Pardubice), Adam Stejskal (FC Red Bull Salzburg/Rak.)
Defenders: Jan Hellebrand (FC Fastav Zlín), Josef Koželuh (FC Viktoria Plzeň), Petr Kurka (FK Pardubice), František Matys (SK Slavia Praha), Štepán Starý (SK Slavia Praha), Martin Šimek (FC Viktoria Plzeň)
Midfielders: Filip Gedeon (AC Sparta Praha), Tomáš Hájek (SK Slavia Praha), Lukáš Hroník (SK Slavia Praha), Petr Nováček (SK Sigma Olomouc), David Pech (FK Mladá Boleslav), Adam Ritter (FC Vysočina Jihlava), Filip Šilhart (AC Sparta Praha), Samuel Šimek (FK Pardubice), Jáchym Šíp (SK Sigma Olomouc), Vojtěch Wojatschke (FC Baník Ostrava)
Forwards: Václav Sejk (AC Sparta Praha), Adam Toula (SK Slavia Praha)

– Ireland and Czech Republic have met twice in this tournament, with the Czechs winning both times – scoring three goals and conceding just one

– Ireland qualified automatically as host nation, but have played international friendly games against Turkey, Czech Republic, Germany, England, Belgium, Poland, and Finland over the last year

– Runners-up to Netherlands in the Elite Round after beating Israel and Northern Ireland, Czech Republic started their campaign with three wins in the Qualifying Round, scoring nine goals and not letting any in

– This is Ireland’s 12th appearance in this finals tournament with their best finish coming as champions in 1998 (when it was graded at Under-16 level)

– This is Czech Republic’s 11th appearance in this finals tournament with their best finish coming as champions in 1990 (when it was graded at Under-16 level)

Friday, May 3: Republic of Ireland 1-1 Greece (Tallaght Stadium)
Friday, May 3: Czech Republic 1-1 Belgium (Tolka Park)

Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic
Monday, May 6
Group A
RSC, Waterford
Kick-Off: 19:00
Live on TV: RTÉ2
Referee: Rade Obrenovic (Slovenia)

Game Hashtag: #IRLCZE
Tournament Hashtag: #U17EURO
Ireland Team Hashtag: #IRLU17

– Tickets will be available at the RSC from 17:00, priced at €5 for adults and free for Under-16s

– Tickets are still available online via www.fai.ie/tickets 

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