Thursday 24 October 2019

Young Dutch masters crowned U17 champions in Tallaght

The Netherlands players celebrate after yesterday’s European U17 final at Tallaght Stadium. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
The Netherlands players celebrate after yesterday’s European U17 final at Tallaght Stadium. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Netherlands were crowned European U17 champions for the second successive year after an entertaining 4-2 dismissal of Italy at Tallaght Stadium.

An attendance of 5,952 was on hand to watch a classy Dutch team take the trophy due to a strong first-half showing.

They were three goals ahead at the break with Ajax youngster Sontje Hansen breaking the deadlock from close range. Feyenoord's Naoufal Bannis doubled the advantage after highly rated Liverpool defender Ki-Jana Hoever struck a free kick against the post.

Chelsea's Ian Maatsen extended their lead with a superb strike.

Italy did make things interesting with a spirited second-half showing and a stunning strike from AC Milan sub Lorenzo Colombo gave them some hope.

They were on top for the period that followed but the Dutch eventually wrestled back control and 15-year-old Ajax player Naci Unuvar put the result beyond doubt with 20 minutes remaining. Colombo added a late consolation with another excellent left-footer.

 

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