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Ireland U17s keep Euros hopes alive with vital win over Bosnia

Goals from Rowan Roache and Adam Idah either side of a Nemanja Vještica effort earned the Boys in Green a much-needed victory.

Ireland team (file pic).
Ireland team (file pic).

IRELAND BEAT BOSNIA 2-1 today to keep their hopes alive in the European U17 Championships in Croatia.

Goals from Rowan Roache and Adam Idah either side of a Nemanja Vještica effort earned the Boys in Green a much-needed victory.

After losing the first match 1-0 against Serbia, Colin O’Brien’s side needed to win today’s match in order to keep their hopes of progressing from the group stage alive.

All eyes will now be on the team’s game with Germany on Wednesday, as they bid to earn a place in the knockout stages.

Roache gave Ireland the perfect start, when his strike from 20 yards out found the net after seven minutes.

Vještica equalised just five minutes later, however, as he headed home  Milan Savić’s free kick to get the Bosnians back in the game.

Idah then scored what proved to be the winner on 29 minutes, converting a penalty after Aaron Connolly had been fouled.

A nervy second-half ensued, but Ireland held out for a crucial victory.

The Boys in Green remain third in the group, after Germany beat Serbia 3-1 earlier, with the Serbs still ahead of O’Brien’s team owing to their superior head-to-head record.

Consequently, Ireland will need at least a draw and probably a win to progress in their upcoming match with Germany.

Ireland team: Brian Maher, Kameron Ledwidge, Jordan Doherty, Nathan Collins, Lee O’Connor, Luke Nolan, Aaron Bolger, Rowan Roache, Richard O’Farrell, Adam Idah, Aaron Connolly.

Subs not used: Kian Clarke, Gavin Kilkenny, Darryl Walsh, Joseph Redmond, Callum Thompson, Brandon Kavanagh, Tyreik Samuel Wright.

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