Sunday 20 January 2019

Faroes next up for U17s in Euro bid

TOM Mohan has warned his Ireland U17 side not to have any complacency when they face up to the Faroe Islands in their European Championship qualifier tonight.

Ireland had a perfect start to their three-game qualifying group on Monday as they beat Gibraltar 5-0, and in Galway tonight (7.30) they face up to a Faroe Islands side who went down 4-0 to Scotland, and it's likely that Friday's Scotland-Ireland tie will decide this group, but Mohan still has concerns.

"The Faroe Islands have lost their first game so will come into our game looking to get something from it. We can't read too much into their result," said Mohan.

"We're preparing for what we believe the challenge will be. All teams can make life difficult for you so we'll have to be prepared for that.

"It's pleasing to get off to a good start with five goals. We're thankful for the five goals and the clean sheet. It will be once more at case of having to do our jobs at both ends of the field.

"This group of players can create chances so it's a matter of being composed and taking those opportunities."

Meanwhile, MIck McCarthy has hailed Ireland cap Conor Sammon after his goal delivered a vital Championship win over Wigan.

"I'm delighted for Conor. He grew into the game and got better as we went on. He has not played a lot of football and any player needs that run of games to get the best out of them," said McCarthy.

"It was a terrific away performance. It's great when a plan comes together but the players have to buy into what you want them to do."

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