Republic of Ireland U19s held to scoreless draw by Azerbaijan
Tom Mohan’s side make stuttering start to Uefa Championship first phase qualifiers
Republic of Ireland U19s manager Tom Mohan: his side failed to find back of net. Photograph: Kostadin Andonov/Inpho
Republic of Ireland U19 0 Azerbaijan U19 0
With games against Cyprus on Saturday and Serbia on Monday to come in the round-robin series, Ireland have some work to do if they’re to clinch one of the two berths into the elite phase next year and they’ll hope not be left ruing a litany of missed chances.
Ireland will also be without Canice Carroll for the next outing after the Oxford United first-teamer was sent off for incurring a second yellow card six minutes from full time.
Goalkeeper Murad Popov was instrumental for the well-drilled Azeris who succeeded in frustrating the Irish to eke out a point they scarcely deserved.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: M Travers (Weymouth); T Wilson (Manchester City), D O’Shea (Hereford Utd), C Carroll (Oxford United), L O’Connor (Manchester Utd); J Doherty (Sheffield Utd), D McKenna (Wolves); R O’Sullivan (Worthing), J Molumby (Brighton), A Scully (West Ham); T Byrne (Drogheda Utd).
Subs: K Flanagan (Crystal Palace) for O’Sullivan (42 mins), M Obafemi (Southampton) for Scully (71 mins), J Afolabi (Southampton) for Byrne (89 mins).