Ireland under-21s make short work of Lithuania
Irish side take lead in Euro 2017 qualifying group after victory at Waterford RSC
Ireland’s Alan Browne scores the third goal of the game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO
The Republic of Ireland under-21s have taken an early lead in their Uefa Championship qualification group after three goals saw off Lithuania at the Waterford RSC on Friday night.
Oxford United’s Callum O’Dowda broke the resistance of the group’s basement team on 27 minutes by volleying Ireland ahead, before goalkeeper Edvinas Gertmonas allowed Conor Wilkinson’s low drive to slip through his grasp two minutes later.
Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane, fresh from Thursday night’s heroic win over Germany, were amongst the 1,520 spectators in the south-east and they were treated to an encouraging display by the young contenders for their senior squad.