Thursday 30 March 2017

Lenihan blow for Irish U-17s

Ireland's U-17s will be without one of their mainstays, Belvedere's Darragh Lenihan, for this morning's must-win European Championship elite qualifier against group hosts Greece.

Lenihan is suspended after collecting his second yellow card of the campaign in Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Denmark -- when Celtic's Paul George marked his debut with a stoppage-time equaliser. Greece, who were 2-0 winners over Latvia in their opening game, played in front of 3,000 spectators, will have Panathinaikos midfielder Charis Mavrias, the second-youngest player in UEFA Champions League history, in their starting line-up.

Ireland boss John Morling said: "Greece possess some excellent players but I know our lads can perform even better than they did against Denmark.

"The loss of Darragh Lenihan is a blow. He's a real force for us in midfield but others are itching to deputise and whoever gets called up will be ready.

"The fact we've no injury concerns is a big plus. Once our lads concentrate on the game and play their own style, we'll give Greece a decent contest."

Only the winners of the four-team group will qualify for the finals in Serbia in May.

Irish Independent

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