Liverpool youngster McAuley fires Ireland U17s into Uefa Championship finals

The Republic of Ireland Under-17 team booked their place in the Uefa U17 Championship finals on St Patrick’s Day thanks to a goal from Liverpool youth Glen McAuley.

The striker, who recently signed a professional deal with the Premier League club, struck on 66 minutes against Slovakia in Cyprus and it proved sufficient for Colin O’Brien’s side as they held on to claim a 1-0 win.

Having beaten Faroe Islands 4-0 on Wednesday, victory over Slovakia means that the Boys in Green will certainly progress to the final stage of the competition in Croatia, where they will be joined by Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.

“It was a tough game. We had chances and and Adam Idah hit the post with a strike from outside the box but we also had to rely upon our keeper Brian Maher making two very good saves,” said Ireland manager O’Brien after the game.

“In the second half Glen McAuley did well to get behind their defence and finish well and we did what was required to see the game out. I felt we deserved the win on the day.”

Ireland will complete the Elite Round with a game against group hosts Cyprus on Monday, March 20.

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