Monday 23 September 2019

U-19s bid to brush Byrne saga aside

Ireland's Thomas Byrne. Photo: Sportsfile
Ireland's Thomas Byrne. Photo: Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Despite controversy surrounding Thomas Byrne's departure from the camp, Ireland's U-19s will need concentrate on getting a result against Serbia at the Waterford RSC today (1.0pm).

Drogheda United striker Byrne refused to cooperate with a blood sample request by the FAI following the first game of the first phase qualifiers against Azerbaijan. He had already provided a urine sample.

Manager Tom Mohan will have Oxford United first-team player Canice Carroll back from suspension but will rely on Waterford local Jayson Molumby to provide the necessary spark against the Serbs.

Since that stalemate, Ireland beat Cyprus 5-0 on Saturday but may need a draw against a Serbian side seeking to complete the pool with maximum points and a place in the next round as group winners.

Should Ireland get beaten, then a win for Azerbaijan over Cyprus in the other game will result in the Boys in Green being eliminated at the first hurdle.

Ireland, with plenty of quality in their ranks, will be confident their fate won't be decided in that fashion.

Irish Independent

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