The Republic of Ireland U19 side began their UEFA Championships qualifying campaign with a 2-0 victory over Azerbaijan in Angelholms, Sweden, today.
Paul Doolin’s side grabbed a first-half opener through Aberdeen striker Alan O’Sullivan before Liverpool winger Alex O’Hanlon wrapped things up late on against the Azeris, who had a man sent off in the first half.
"We played well. I felt it would be a tricky game as they've so much preparation behind them but all in all it was a great start,” said Doolin.
“Azerbaijan were decent and both sides had early chances. They were an aggressive team with good players and pace but I felt their discipline may cost them and they had a man sent-off. We played well and we kept a clean sheet, which is positive."
Republic of Ireland: Eric Grimes, Noe Baba, Bobby Moseley, Kyle McFadden, Sean Long, Alan Browne, Dean O'Halloran (Liam Kelly 75), Thomas Mulroney, Alan O'Sullivan, Alex O'Hanlon, Adam Wixted (Steven McCarthy 18)
UEFA U19 Championships Qualifying Round Group Three
Saturday, October 12
Sweden v Republic of Ireland, Angelholms IP Stadium (3.00pm Irish).
Tuesday, October 15
Republic of Ireland v Bosnia & Herzegovina, Vangavallen Stadium, Trelleborg (1.00pm Irish)
Live television coverage of Germany v Republic of Ireland from 19:00 on Friday 11 October on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (ROI only). Live radio coverage on Game On from 19:00 on RTÉ 2fm and RTÉ.ie (Worldwide).