Ireland take on Bosnia & Herzegovina in a winner-takes-all Under 17 European Championship Finals clash.
The Republic of Ireland Under 17’s face Bosnia & Herzegovina in a do-or-die Group C clash at a sold out St George’s Park on Friday.
Ireland currently sit second in Group C, ahead of Bosnia on goal difference, with Colin O’Brien’s side guaranteed a quarter-final place with either a win or a draw.
A defeat for Ireland will see the Bosnians take their place in Monday’s last eight clash with Group D winners Netherlands.
Ireland and Bosnia & Herzegovina are no strangers to each other having met at the same stage of last year’s competition – Ireland running out 2-1 winners that day thanks to goals from Adam Idah and Rowan Roache.
Speaking ahead of the match, Head Coach Colin O’Brien was pleased with the position of his side going into the final group game.
“We’ve had two days recovery since game two, we were back on the training field today with everybody available. It was a really good session, just a little bit of preparation left now ahead of the final game against Bosnia. We’re in a great position, we spoke before to tournament about making sure everything was alive for game three and we’ve done that,” the former Cork City man said.
Ireland come into this game off the back of a 1-0 win over Denmark in St George’s Park on Tuesday, with O’Brien taking plenty of positives from his team’s display.
“We limited the opposition’s goalscoring opportunities and made the better chances ourselves. It was a really good team performance and something we’ve got to carry into game three now,” O’Brien added.
Bosnia opened their campaign with an impressive late win over Denmark with O’Brien knowing a tough task awaits on Friday.
“They are fighters, they’ll play right to the end, they have a never say die attitude and they have a couple of quality players so if you don’t prepare right they’ll hurt you.”