Saturday 22 October 2016

Do or die for Irish youngsters

Tom Mohan
Tom Mohan

Tom Mohan's Republic of Ireland can still reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Under-17 Championships in Bulgaria but they have to score against England in Stara Zagora this evening (Live TG4 5.0) -something they've failed to do in their opening two games.

Ireland must win or they are out. A draw is sufficient to put England through.

A two-goal victory (or more) over the current Group D leaders would qualify Ireland automatically.

A one-goal win, coupled with a winner from the other game between Holland and Italy, would also see Ireland through. However, if that game ends in a draw, a three-way tie would see Ireland eliminated on goal difference.

Wolves' midfielder Conor Levingston is convinced Ireland can do it.

"Obviously, it was disappointing to lose to Italy," said Levingston. "Everyone was down afterwards. But when we heard we were still in with a chance if we beat England, then everyone got a lift from that. We're back in it."

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