Sunday 25 September 2016

Republic of Ireland Under-21s told to bide time against Andorra

Published 08/09/2015 | 16:59

Republic of Ireland Under-21s take on Andorra
Republic of Ireland Under-21s take on Andorra

The Republic of Ireland have been warned they will have to be patient as they attempt to compete a European Under-21s Championships qualifier double over Andorra.

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Ireland face the Andorrans at the Estadi Comunal on Tuesday evening having beaten them 1-0 in Waterford in March.

It took Ipswich striker Dylan Connolly's 31st-minute effort to separate the sides on that occasion and hand Ireland a winning start to their Group 2 campaign, and assistant manager Harry McCue knows their task will be no easier at Andorra la Vella.

McCue said: "Having played Andorra at home back in March, we are well aware that they are a side that can defend well and we have no doubt that they will try to make things difficult for us tomorrow.

"We watched them play Lithuania recently and once again they looked a very resilient side. That said, we will be aiming to get the job done tomorrow and leave here with the three points."

The Republic have no fresh injury concerns after Thursday's 4-1 friendly victory over the Qatar Under-23s side, in which Harry Charsley, Reece Grego-Cox and Josh Cullen were all handed debuts.

Slovenia currently top the group, which also includes Lithuania, with a maximum six points having played a game more than the second-placed Republic, although Italy and Serbia do not get under way until Tuesday evening.

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