Irish U19’s have it all to play for in Armenia

Once again, the FFA Academy Stadium in Armenia’s capital Yerevan awaits, as Tom Mohan’s Under-19 side face the Czech Republic in his sides final Group B game.

A fine effort from Joe Hodge saw the Irish side secure a point against Norway in their opening game before a defeat to a strong French team on Thursday night.

The permutations are straight forward, if Ireland are to reach the semi-final stage. If Ireland defeat their Czech counterparts and France don’t lose to Norway, progression will await.

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Reflecting on the French defeat, Mohan was impressed with his sides defensive efforts and felt with more luck they may have earned a draw.

” I could not have asked much more of the players in last Thursday’s game against France. We produced an excellent defensive performance for long periods of the game against a highly talented team. The effort of our players was phenomenal and we were unlucky not to hang on for a draw.”

Mohan has stated that focus is now fully on tomorrow’s game, citing the efforts of his coaching team in analysing their Czech counterparts.

The issues facing this Irish team have been cited in the last week, but Mohan has emphasized the hard work put in by everyone in the Irish set-up, and is clear on what is needed in the early evening, Armenian sun.

“We all know what is at stake on Sunday and this group of players are determined to get a victory on the board. We will not be underestimating Czech Republic, who also have everything to play for. It should be a good game and it is one that we are looking forward to.”