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Ireland Under-17s On Brink Of Euros Quarter Finals

Dublin , Ireland - 5 April 2018; The Republic of Ireland squad, back row, from left, Colin Conroy, Oisin Hand, Anselmo Garcia MacNulty, Bosun Lawal, Daniel Rose, Darragh Burke, Patrick McGarvey, Fionnan Coyle, Oran Crowe, Billy Vance, Sami Clarke and Kyle Conway, with, front row, Ben McCormack, Len O'Sullivan, Kailin Barlow, Calum Kavanagh, Anselmo Garcia MacNulty, Gavin O'Brien and Ronan Kilkenny prior to the U15 International Friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Czech Republic at St Kevin's Boys FC, in Whitehall, Dublin. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

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.”

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