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Doolin praises 'superb' equaliser as unbeaten Ireland Under-19s reach Elite Round

Doolin praises 'superb' equaliser as unbeaten Ireland Under-19s reach Elite Round

Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

A draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina ensures that the Boys in Green reach the Elite Round of qualification unbeaten

Republic of Ireland Under-19 boss Paul Doolin has revealed his happiness after his team finished their Uefa European Championships qualification campaign unbeaten.

A late equaliser from Colm Crowe in the first half ensured a 1-1 draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina in the final game of the group. The result follows victories over Azerbaijan and host nation Sweden, meaning that the Boys in Green qualify for the Elite Round having topped Group Three with seven points.

"We started very slowly and they were technically very good and got a good goal but Colm Crowe's equaliser was superb," said Doolin after the game.

Ireland fell behind after 24 minutes when Fedor Predragovic converted a cross, but the goal was soon cancelled out by Crowe, who struck in first half injury time.

"We did what we wanted to do which was to qualify and it is great to have also topped the group," added Doolin.

"We didn't know what to expect from Azerbaijan and Sweden, who put four past Bosnia and five past Azerbaijan, were also a good side, but we kept them scoreless and scored a cracking goal to win that game."

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