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Pressure off German test as Doolin's men qualify

IRELAND'S U19 side can relax ahead of their European Championship qualifier against Germany tomorrow night as Paul Doolin's side have already secured qualification for the next stage of the competition.

While the nation's pride was bruised by the senior team's mauling at the hands of Germany in Dublin on Friday night the U19s were in action in Luxembourg the following day and Doolin's men did their bit to restore pride with a 1-0 win over Macedonia, Kilkenny lad Mikey Drennan scoring the only goal of the game.

The win over Macedonia, combined with Thursday's 5-2 win over hosts Luxembourg, means that Ireland are already into the next stage of qualification for the finals and can afford to lose against Germany in the final group game tomorrow.

"I'm delighted with the win and that we've done what we came out here to do and qualified for the Elite Phase from this group," said Doolin.

"This is only the second time that this group of players have met up having had their first friendly last month in Latvia and to come out of these two games with six points is a great achievement particularly with the injuries which we've also had in the build up to this trip so to achieve what they have in those circumstances is a fantastic achievement."