Saturday 17 March 2018

Doolin wants job done

IRELAND'S U-19 manager Paul Doolin will send his team out against Bosnia and Herzegovina today with a clear message -- to clinch a place in the elite phase of the qualifying competition for the European Championship finals.

Thursday's 4-1 demolition of mini-group hosts Bulgaria put Ireland halfway towards securing that target.

Bosnia and Herzegovina also have their sights set on progressing after shocking top-seeds Russia 2-0 in their opening game and Doolin is taking nothing for granted.

"Maybe in the past, people would be predicting getting a win from this and that match, but that's only leaving your hand out to be slapped," he said.

"Bosnia emerged from the former Yugoslavia, who always had strong teams, and we know we're in for a major test. To beat Russia, albeit against 10 men, shows they've got quality.

"All we wanted coming to Bulgaria was a good start and we've got that. Now, we need to build on what was a fantastic win against the host nation."

Doolin has no injury concerns, but he is likely to freshen up his starting line-up for their second game in three days.

IRELAND U-19 (probable) -- McDermott (Arsenal); Barker (Bohemians), Byrne (Notts Forest), McHugh (Dundalk), Williams (Aston Villa); Murray (Watford), O'Sullivan (Blackburn Rovers), Carruthers (Aston Villa); Burke (Aston Villa), Smith (Watford), Forde (Wolves).

Irish Independent

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