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Preview: Rep of Ireland - Hungary
Friendly
09.02.2010 at 19:30 - Tolka Park

Ireland will host Hungary at Tolka Park and Carlisle Grounds, Bray respectively in what will be their final warm-up for the Under-17 UEFA Championship elite phase qualifiers taking place in Greece from March 19-24

The Irish booked their place in the elite phase by finishing top of their first section group in October, courtesy of victories over Bulgaria and Latvia coupled with a scoreless draw in the last match against fellow qualifiers Sweden.

McCaffrey' side are scheduled to meet Finland, Austria and host nation Greece in the mini-group with the aim of clinching top spot and the one available qualifying place into the European Championships in Liechtenstein in May.

The manager intends to use these pair of matches to prepare his squad for the task ahead in the qualifiers as well as integrate some new faces into the set-up.

"It's important that we maximise the value from these two games against Hungary as they're our last preparatory matches before the qualifiers in six weeks' time," said McCaffrey:

"There is a determination within this group of players to succeed in reaching the European Championship finals this summer and that sort of resilience was vital in the first phase when we won our first two games through late goals.

"I stated at the start of the season that all players would be considered throughout this campaign and I've brought in some new lads to have a look at. The opportunity is there for them to prove that they're worthy of a place in the panel for the next matches."

Amongst the new faces in the squad are Middlesbrough winger Ryan Brobbel, who qualifies for Ireland through parentage, and Conor Smith, a striker who recently joined Watford from Mullingar Athletic. Smith is currently featuring in the Sky One television programme ‘Football's Next Star.

There's a welcome return to the squad for Reading striker David Murphy (pictured above). A knee injury forced the withdrawal of the Wexford forward from the Ireland panel for a tournament in Poland last August and he also missed the subsequent qualifiers in Bulgaria.

Under-17 International Friendlies:

Tuesday February 9 (19.30hrs)
Republic of Ireland v Hungary
Tolka Park, Dublin

Thursday February 11 (19.30hrs)
Republic of Ireland v Hungary
Carlisle Grounds, Bray

Republic of Ireland Under-17 squad:
Sean McDermott (Arsenal)
Jack Bonham (Watford)
Alan Smith (Crumlin United)
Michael Barker (Belvedere)
Neil Yadolahi (Burnley)
Richard Bryan (Aston Villa)
Derrick Williams (Aston Villa)
Sean McGinty (Manchester United)
Kevin Knight (Leicester City)
Ben Glasgow (Arsenal)
Frankie Sutherland (QPR)
Shane Byrne (Leicester City)
Anton Rogers (Chelsea)
Carl McHugh (Reading)
Callum Webb (Arsenal)
Graham Burke (Belvedere)
George Smith (Southend United)
Ryan Brobbel (Middlesbrough)
Daniel Purdy (West Ham United)
David Murphy (Reading)
Conor Smith (Watford)
Aiden O'Brien (Millwall).

The Republic of Ireland U17 side step up their preparations for the UEFA Championship, elite qualifying phase this week with a double international friendly versus Hungary to be played in Tolka Park and Bray on February 9th and 11th respectively.

Sean McGinty who captains Sean McCaffrey's side has pointed to the fixtures as a key preparatory tool for their UEFA elite qualifying campaign which takes place in Greece from March 19th -24th where they will face Austria, Finland and tournament hosts, Greece for a place in the UEFA championship finals.

The imposing central defender said, "Although these games are friendlies, they will hold the key to our plans for our UEFA championship qualifying campaign in March. The squad has not been together since we qualified from the 1st phase in November so it is vital that the squad come in, gel and play well together. At my club, there are players from different countries in the same competition who have had friendlies and training camps already so we will have to make the most of these two games."

"There are a number of new players in the squad but after our first training session in Dublin today, (Sunday) the team is looking very good and those new players are fitting in already. We have no doubts about the quality of the Hungary side we face. They easily topped their first qualifying phase group also and they will have ambitions of their own to qualify for the finals next summer so I think that the games will be very interesting for both sides. Getting positive results for these games is not vital but if we can perform well as a team and work well with our tactics, I think we will be satisfied."

McGinty, who arrived at Old Trafford in 2009 from Charlton Athletic, has excelled in his position at centre half for the Red Devils youth side, "So far, we are having an excellent season at club level. At the moment we are second in the league even though we have had a couple of bad results recently including a FA Youth Cup defeat to Blackburn. However, it is always nice to come away on international duty and it is always an honour to represent your country as captain," he added.

The Irish booked their place in the elite phase by finishing top of their first section group in October, courtesy of victories over Bulgaria and Latvia coupled with a scoreless draw in the last match against fellow qualifiers Sweden.


Under-17 International Friendlies:

Tuesday February 9 (19.30hrs)
Republic of Ireland v Hungary
Tolka Park, Dublin
Thursday February 11 (19.30hrs)


Republic of Ireland v Hungary
Carlisle Grounds, Bray
Admission
Adults: €5
Children U16: €2

History


H / A / N Matches W D L Goals + / -
H 2 2 0 0 3 - 0 +3
A 8 2 3 3 7 - 6 +1
N 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 +0
Total 10 4 3 3 10 - 6 +4


Date&time Comp. H / A / N Final score
09.02.2017 at 15:00 Friendly A 2 - 0
03.09.2015 at 15:00 Friendly A 0 - 0
01.09.2015 at 15:00 Friendly A 0 - 2
05.08.2014 at 16:30 Tournament A 0 - 1
05.08.2010 at 19:00 Tournament A 1 - 1
11.02.2010 at 19:45 Friendly H 1 - 0
09.02.2010 at 19:30 Friendly H 2 - 0
16.08.2003 at 19:00 Tournament A 4 - 0
04.05.2000 at 19:00 Nordic Cup Final A 0 - 0
02.01.1999 at 19:00 Tournament A 0 - 2
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