Tuesday 20 August 2019

Skipper Keogh aiming high for Boys in Green

Spoils shared at the RSC (stock photo)
Spoils shared at the RSC (stock photo)
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Captain Séamas Keogh isn't limiting Ireland's ambition at the Euro U-17 finals, contending they have the quality to lift the trophy on May 19.

Colin O'Brien's side contest the first competitive matches of their careers tonight when they host Greece in their Group A opener at Tallaght Stadium (7.0).

The only two survivors from last season's crew, Troy Parrott and Jimmy Corcoran, are unavailable due to injury and suspension respectively but Keogh believes there's enough depth to the squad for glory days to return.

"We're in this tournament to win it," affirms the Sligo-born Southampton midfielder. "We want to make history on Irish soil.

"I was talking to John O'Shea at the draw last month and he said he got an indescribable feeling when his Ireland team won this trophy in 1998.

"Nobody expected much from them in the tournament and they went on to win it. This was from a player who won everything in club football.

"That really put it all into place for me. And when you hear about that, it's just something you want to go and do and achieve."

Ireland will have to mind Greece's hitman Christos Tzolis of PAOK. There to watch Ireland will be Robbie Keane, stepping in for Mick McCarthy, who is attending the funeral of his former boss Billy McNeill.

McCarthy is due in Waterford on Monday for Ireland's second game against Czech Republic. They wrap up Group A next Thursday against Belgium back at Tallaght.

Ireland (Probable v Greece) - G Bazunu (Manchester City); A Garcia McNulty (Real Betis), L Turner (Aberdeen), T Sobowale (Manchester City), J Furlong (Shamrock Rovers); C McCann (Manchester United), J Hodge (Manchester City), S Keogh (Southampton); F Ebsoele (Derby County), M Everitt (Brighton), C Carty (Wolves).

Ireland v Greece, Live, RTÉ2, 7.0

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