Mohan savours 'important win' as U-19s see off rugged Bosnians
Ireland 3 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1
Ireland got their U-19 European Championship qualifying campaign off to a winning start as second-half goals from Will Ferry, Troy Parrott and Adam Idah gave them victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in a hard-fought encounter at Longford's City Calling Stadium.
Bosnia and Herzegovina started the brighter, but it was Ireland who had the better chances in an entertaining opening period, with Idah going close to scoring on three occasions.
The visitors also made a good start to the second half, but Tom Mohan's charges gradually worked their way into the game and finally went ahead on 56 minutes through Ferry, who combined well with Conor Coventry before scoring from close range.
Dinking Ireland scored again 10 minutes later when Parrott scored from the penalty spot, cheekily dinking the ball into the net Panenka-style after Jack James had been fouled.
Idah made the game safe with Ireland's third goal on 74 minutes before substitute Mateo Bozic pulled one back for Bosnia and Herzegovina when his deflected free-kick beat Brian Maher.
Mohan was well pleased with his players' efforts: "It was a very important win. Bosnia and Herzegovina proved to be very tough opponents.
"They had us under pressure early on, but once we saw that out we got a grip of the game.
"The goals came at important times. Their goal left things edgy in the final minutes, but we were well deserving of the win."
Ireland's next match is against the Faroe Islands in Longford on Saturday (3.0) and they face the Netherlands, who beat the Faroes 5-0 yesterday, next Tuesday (1.0).
IRELAND - B Maher (St Pat's Ath); A Lyons (Bohemians), L O'Connor (Manchester Utd), N Collins (Stoke), J James (Luton); C Coventry (West Ham), A Bolger (Shamrock Rovers); G McAuley (Liverpool), T Parrott (Tottenham), W Ferry (Southampton), A Idah (Norwich). Subs: B Coffey (Celtic) for McAuley (90+1), A Reghba (Bohemians) for Ferry (67).