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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Mohan's side chase Euro spot

Tom Mohan
Tom Mohan

IRELAND'S Under-17 side are keen to avoid any slip-ups that could deprive them of a place in the European Championship finals.

Tom Mohan's side face mini-tournament hosts Poland today (5pm), knowing that a draw against an already-eliminated Polish team could be enough for Ireland to top the four-team group and advance to the Euro finals in Bulgaria in May.

But even though the Poles are already out after two defeats, boss Mohan says his side remain focused on the prize of a first appearance at the U17 finals since 2008.

"We won't be caught in the trap of taking them lightly. It's a total focus for us and taking nothing for granted," said Mohan (right).

"Poland have a lot of pride to play for having lost their first two games and being eliminated already. Once the whistle blows its competitive. Poland will be very disappointed not to have anything to show for two very dominant displays.

"They will be shocked at being out already as they were the favourites here and had a great campaign," he added.

Meanwhile, the Irish Under-19s begin the Elite round phase of European Championship qualification today, taking on the Czech Republic in Germany (4pm), in the first of their three qualifiers.

"The lads have done very well. Players individually and collectively have come on really well. The performances have been excellent," said boss Doolin, his side also due to face Germany (Saturday) and Slovakia (Tuesday).

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