Ireland U-19s: Czech defeat leaves Ireland with Euro mountain to climb
PAUL DOOLIN admits that his Ireland U19 side now face a battle to make it to the European Championship finals after an opening-night defeat in their qualifying campaign.
Only the winners of the four-team group in the Elite round of qualifying will go on to the finals next summer, but a 1-0 loss to the Czech Republic in Germany last night leaves Ireland with catching up to do.
"It'll be tough to progress to the finals now but if we can get a win on Saturday it can pull us back into it," said Doolin, turning his attention to tomorrow's clash with the Germans (11am).
"In the first half we had a couple of chances and I felt we'd played well. The keeper made a great save from Eoghan Stokes header which was a big moment.
"We felt we were the better team in the first half and had more possession but the Czechs are strong and were hard to break down. Their goal was a very good goal. It was a good finish. There wasn't a lot of chances afterwards. They're a strong team and their subs were strong too. We gave what we could not a lot in it."
Sub Patrik Schick scored the key goal for the Czechs on 66 minutes, QPR man Reece Grego-Cox going close for Ireland late on.