Brennan, McEntee & Parrott Help Ireland U17s Closer To Euros

(17 Oct 2017)

By Jamie Moore












Ex Belvo boys Oisin McEntee (Newcastle), Sean Brennan (Southampton) and Troy Parrott (Tottenham) helped to Ireland U17s qualify for the European Championships Elite Phase Qualifiers thanks to wins over Azerbaijan, Bulgaria and Ukraine.

The young boys in green scored 12 goals and conceded just one in the three games.

Qualifying Round Results

Tuesday, October 10: Ireland 6-0 Azerbaijan

Friday, October 13: Ireland 3-0 Bulgaria

Monday, October 16: Ukraine 1-3 Ireland











Colin O’Brien’s side had to come from behind at the break in their final game against Ukraine to top the group.

Two goals from Adam Idah and one from Adam O’Reilly ensured Ireland beat group rivals Ukraine in Bulgaria.

Idah’s double brings his tally to an impressive seven goals in three games in qualifying.

Ireland now advance to the Elite Round as top seeds. Two teams from each group of four will progress to next May’s Finals tournament in England.

Head Coach Colin O’Brien spoke to following the win.

“We are delighted to have finished the group well,” he began. “Ukraine were a big test for us. They pressed us with intensity in the first half and forced us into difficult positions. I felt we were still well in the game at half-time and the team came out and clinically took the chances in the second half. We put together different types of moves and caused Ukraine problems in many ways.

“The whole squad can take credit for how this campaign has gone so far. That goes for players that had little or no game time too because their attitude was good and that kept the whole team pushing in training.

“There will be good teams in the Elite Round no matter who you get. The 100 per cent record is of course pleasing and that is down to the great work put in by the squad and the staff,” O’Brien added.

The draw for the Elite Round takes place on December 6 with the games to be played in early spring 2018.
















Well done to Sean, Oisin and Troy and the Ireland team from everyone at Belvo.


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