UEFA Under-17 Championships, First Phase Qualifier
Republic of Ireland 2 0 Denmark
Ireland surged into a commanding half-time lead against Denmark tonight courtesy of a goal each in the space of eight minutes by Aaron Doran and Mark Connolly.
Irish manager Sean McCaffrey named an unchanged starting team from the side that defeated Ukraine 3-1 in their first match on Friday at Terryland Park.
Qualification into the second, Elite phase of the UEFA Under-17 Championship was sealed tonight and Ireland go through as group winners because, with six points, they cannot be caught in the table.
The Irish are hosting the four-nation mini-group which also involves Denmark, Slovenia and Ukraine. Denmark drew 1-1 with Slovenia in the opening game of the group on Friday and todays match between Slovenia and Ukraine also ended 1-1. Ireland went into tonights match top of the group following their win on Friday.
The two teams in the group who finish first and second advance to the next stage while third place could also mean progression depending on the outcome of the other twelve groups.
Republic of Ireland Under-17 Team:
Gerard Hanley Salthill Devon
Padraig Orsmby Crumlin United
John Dunleavy Wolverhampton Wanderers
Mark Connolly Wolverhampton Wanderers
Gavin Gunning Blackburn Rovers
Richard Towell Celtic
Aaron Doran Blackburn Rovers
Conor Hourihane Sunderland
Greg Cunningham Manchester City
Conor Clifford Chelsea (Captain)
Paul Murphy Ipswich Town
Gavin Holohan Cherry Orchard
Ronan Forde - Salthill Devon
Niall Byrne - Shelbourne
John Sullivan Crumlin Utd
Karl Sheppard Everton
David Heagney Huddersfield Town
Mark Power - Aston Villa