Ireland U-17s: Euro finals beckon despite Poland loss
IRELAND's U17 side have advanced to the finals of the European Championships for the first time since 2008 despite a defeat to Poland in the last game of their qualifying campaign.
Tom Mohan's team took on the Poles, in Poland, last night knowing that even a defeat could be enough for therm to go through, and as it happened the Irish boys went through even though they lost 1-0.
With the U17 finals expanded from eight to 16 teams for 2015, Ireland go through despite a second-place finish in their group and now Mohan can look ahead to the finals, to be held in Bulgaria (May 6-22).
"It was a hard battle and we would have loved to get a result but we're delighted to progress to the finals," said Mohan.
"It's a massive group effort from staff, players - four lads couldn't come here this week through injuries - but the lads on the pitch did fantastic work. Everybody has just been fantastic.
"It's good for football in Ireland and for the people who work with developing these players. These boys have delivered."