Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Football

Republic of Ireland Under-21s told to bide time against Andorra

The Republic of Ireland have been warned they will have to be patient as they attempt to compete a European Under-21s Championships qualifier double over Andorra.

Ireland face the Andorrans at the Estadi Comunal on Tuesday evening having beaten them 1-0 in Waterford in March.

It took Ipswich striker Dylan Connolly's 31st-minute effort to separate the sides on that occasion and hand Ireland a winning start to their Group 2 campaign, and assistant manager Harry McCue knows their task will be no easier at Andorra la Vella.

McCue said: "Having played Andorra at home back in March, we are well aware that they are a side that can defend well and we have no doubt that they will try to make things difficult for us tomorrow.

"We watched them play Lithuania recently and once again they looked a very resilient side. That said, we will be aiming to get the job done tomorrow and leave here with the three points."

The Republic have no fresh injury concerns after Thursday's 4-1 friendly victory over the Qatar Under-23s side, in which Harry Charsley, Reece Grego-Cox and Josh Cullen were all handed debuts.

Slovenia currently top the group, which also includes Lithuania, with a maximum six points having played a game more than the second-placed Republic, although Italy and Serbia do not get under way until Tuesday evening.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?


From Belfast Telegraph