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Tuesday 18 December 2018

Mohan hails U19s after opening win

GOAL: Will Ferry celebrates. Pic: Sportsfile
GOAL: Will Ferry celebrates. Pic: Sportsfile

Tom Mohan hailed the finishing of his Republic of Ireland U19s as they got off to a flyer in their opening UEFA European Championship Qualifying Round, with a 3-1 win against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Longford yesterday.

After a scoreless opening period, where Ireland had the better chances, second-half goals from Will Ferry, Troy Parrott and Adam Idah were enough to claim the three points in a hard-fought encounter, leaving manager Mohan delighted.

"It was a very important win. Bosnia and Herzegovina proved to be very tough opponents. They had us under pressure early on, but once we saw that out, we got a grip of the game," Mohan said.

"There was some great finishes from our players. The goals came at important times.

Deserving

"Their goal left things edgy in the final minutes, but we were well deserving of the win."

Bosnia and Herzegovina started the brighter, but it was Ireland striker Adam Idah's shot from close range tested Adnan Kanuric in the opening 15 minutes - the goalkeeper doing well to palm the shot over the bar.

Idah went close on two more occasions before the break, but both efforts went just wide.

It was Bosnia and Herzegovina who again started the brighter after the break, but Ireland took the lead through Will Ferry.

The winger combined well with Conor Coventry and his shot beat Kanuric from close range.

Ireland's lead doubled ten minutes later. Jack James was fouled in the box and referee Filip Glova pointed to the spot.

Troy Parrott stepped up and delicately chipped the ball down the middle to give Mohan's side a 2-0 lead.

Adam Idah made it 3-0 in the 74th-minute. The striker scored from inside the box, cooly slotting past Kanuric.

Minutes later, substitute Mateo Bozic pulled one back for Bosnia and Herzegovina, as his deflected free-kick beat Maher.

Despite the late goal, Ireland held out to record a deserved 3-1 win.

Mohan's side return to action on Saturday at 3pm when they play the Faroe Islands in Longford.

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