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15.03.2017 at 15:15 Paphiakos Stadium, Paphos Attendance:
Faroe Islands 0 - 4 Rep of Ireland
Referee: Jason Barcelo EC Elite Round-match

None Aaron Connolly (9)
Aaron Connolly (23)
Adam Idah (41)
Jordan Doherty (43)
Opening squads
B Reynatroo;
Brian Maher
Nathan Collins
Kameron Ledwidge
Lee O Connor
Aaron Bolger
Rowan Roache
Conor Coventry
Adam Idah
Glen Mc Auley
Aaron Connolly
Jordan Doherty
Bjarti Vitalis Mørk (G)
Steffan Løkin
Filip Í Liða
Kian Clarke
Brandon Kavanagh
Luke Nolan
Gavin Kilkenny
Richard O Farrell
Daryl Walsh
Ronan Manning
Lokin for Petersen 48 mins,
Lioa for Solheim 67 mins,
Richard O Farrell -> Aaron Bolger (52)
Luke Nolan -> Aaron Connolly (63)
Brandon Kavanagh -> Rowan Roache (71)
Yellow cards
Sølvi Sigvardsen 68 mins None.
Red cards
None None.
Other statistics
0 Shots 0
0 Shots on goal 0
0 Offsides 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Free kicks 0
0 Penalties 0
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U17s beat Faroes 4-0 in opener
The Republic of Ireland Under 17 side got off to an impressive start in the UEFA U17 Championships Elite Qualifying Round with an emphatic 4-0 win over Faroe Islands in Paphos.

Colin O’Brien’s side scored two goals either side of half-time to claim all three points. Brighton’s Aaron Connolly bagged two first-half goals with Adam Idah and Jordan Doherty scoring early in the second half.

Slovakia beat hosts Cyprus 2-1 in the other game in Group 8. Ireland meet Slovakia in Paphos on Friday in their next fixture.

Galway native Connolly opened the scoring in the ninth minute when he got onto an excellent long pass from Nathan Collins on the left flank then cut in on his right foot before finding the net in the far corner with a top class finish.

Connolly hit the net once more in the 23rd minute when he got his head to a Lee O’Connor cross from the right to steer the ball home after good work in the build-up by Glen McAuley.

College Corinthians striker Adam Idah put Ireland 3-0 up just one minute into the second half when he connected with a sublime pass by Rowan Roache before producing a clinical finish.

Just two minutes later Jordan Doherty grabbed the fourth Irish goal when he found the net following a Roache corner that Idah did well to cut back for Doherty.

"I’m very pleased with our start to the group. We’d a very positive approach to it and were the dominant side from the start. It was a very professional performance," said O’Brien.

"The Faroes defended very deep early on and got lots of men behind the ball but we’ve been in that position before and the players knew how to manage it. We moved the ball well and we scored two good goals in the first half.

"In the second half, they came out and looked to press us and we took advantage when the opportunities arose.

"Slovakia are next. Recovery mode kicks in for us now. Tomorrow everything will be focused on getting everything right for Slovakia, who showed by beating Cyprus that they’re a good side and we’ll have to be ready for that challenge."

Republic of Ireland: Maher; O'Connor, Collins, Doherty, Ledwidge; Roache (Kavanagh 71), Bolger (O’Farrell 52), Coventry; McAuley, Idah, Connolly (Nolan 63).

Faroe Islands: B Reynatroo; Edmundsson, Fordason, Rasmussen, Petersen (Lokin 48); Solheim (Lioa 67), Olsen, Jacobsen; Giessing, Radosavlevic, Sigvardsen.

Referee: Jason Lee Barcelo (Gibraltar).

Friday, 17 March: Republic of Ireland v Slovakia, Paphiakos Stadium, Paphos (CYP), KO 13:15
Monday, 20 March: Republic of Ireland v Cyprus, Kouklia Community Stadium, Paphos (CYP), KO 13:00
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