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Tom Mohan's youngsters managed to grab an early lead and successfully fight off the second half Austrian onslaught to secure three points against the host nation

The Republic of Ireland under-17 squad managed to grab a narrow 1-0 win against their Austrian counterparts on Monday night with a hard-earned win in their opening fixture of the Uefa under-17 Championships Elite Qualifying Round at Schwechat-Rannersdorf.

Group hosts Austria had the minor advantage of playing on their home soil and both sides exhibited no fear in putting the boot in with six yellow cards being handed out during the game.

Ireland started brightly and took the lead in the 22nd minute through a clinical strike from QPR’s Reece Grego-Cox.

Austria piled on the pressure in the second half in search of an equalising goal and it looked imminent to arrive when the hosts were awarded a penalty on 85 minutes.

Youngster Adrian Grbic failed to convert from the spot and Ireland held on to secure a valuable opening victory.

The Ireland U17s now have a one day rest before taking on Georgia in their second fixture of the group on 27 March.

With Serbia leading the group on goal difference, a win is a must for the young Boys in Green to progress in the competition as only the group winners qualify for the tournament finals.

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