Thursday 18 October 2018

WATCH: Troy Parrott strikes again with sensational free kick as Ireland qualify for quarter finals of Euros

Ireland 2 Bosnia 0

Ireland celebrates scoring his side's first goal with teammates from left, Jason Knight, Cameron Ledwidge and Barry Coffey
Ireland celebrates scoring his side's first goal with teammates from left, Jason Knight, Cameron Ledwidge and Barry Coffey

John Fallon at St George's Park

Second half goals from Troy Parrott and Adam Idah at St George’s Park today sealed Ireland’s route to the Under-17 European Championship quarter-final against Holland.

Requiring just a point from their match against to secure the necessary second-place finish in their group, Colin O’Brien’s side not only contained their very ordinary opponents but showed them up by progressing in style.

Parrott, who fired the winner against Denmark on Tuesday, produced the goods again from distance. His free-kick from 20 yards, following a foul on Ireland substitute Max Murphy, dipped over the wall and into the top corner.

Ireland’s top scorer Idah had endured a frustrating afternoon up to stoppage. After going four matches with a goal, the Cork native finally got his rewards deep into stoppage time by slotting home after being put clear by Parrott.

Colin O’Brien felt Ireland were worthy winner: “The boys recovered from defat to Belgium by deservedly beating Denmark and now Bosnia.

“We could have scored early but Troy and Adam got the goals later and we start preparing for the Dutch now.”

Scoreless at the break, Ireland created the best of the first-half chances, with Adam Idah missing two sitters inside the opening 10 minutes. Captain Nathan Collins had the ball in the net also only for his header to be ruled out for offside.

At the other end, Ireland goalkeeper had to be alert to keep out Malik Memišević

Ireland remained in control after the break, Jason Knight whistling a shot across goal and beyond the far post two minutes into the second half before Idah once again went close.

The one-way traffic continued, with Idah dinking an effort rebound off the crossbar and Parrott stinging the palms of Luca Kasavenda in goal.

However, Colin O’Brien’s side were almost punished for switching off when to allow Kristijan Stanić ghost in unmarked from the left. Luckily for Ireland, his curler veered a foot wide with goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran well beaten.

Sensing the aerial threat emerging from the Bosnians, particularly down the right, Colin O’Brien has brought on Max Murphy for Luca Connell. The substation means Oisin McEntee moves from right-back the centre and Kameron Ledwidge occupies Connell’s left-back berth.

With 11 minutes remaining, just as the game went flat, Parrott produced the magoc moment.

Bosnia failed to offer much of a response and Idah crowned their route by nabbing the second.

IRELAND: J Corcoran (Cherry Orchard);  O McEntee (Newcastle Utd), N Collins (Stoke City), K Ledwidge (Southampton), L Connell (Bolton Wanderers); J Knight (Derby County), B Coffey (Celtic); T Wright (Aston Villa), S Brennan (Southampton), T Parrott (Tottenham Hotspur); A Idah (Norwich City).

Subs: M Murphy (Stoke City) for Connell (58 mins), C Thompson (Wolves) for Brennan (64 mins), M Walsh (Swansea City) for Wright.

BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA: L Kacavenda; E Muminovic, D Islamovic, S Rankic, R Voloder; A Mehic, A Hasic, N Nikolic; A Saric, K Stanić, M Memišević.

Referee: H Umat Meler (TUR)

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