Tom Mohan's side finished runners-up in their Euro Under-17 qualifying group after a heavy defeat to table toppers EnglandEngland Under-17s put six goals past neighbours Republic of Ireland to top 2014 Uefa European U17 Championship qualifying round Group 7. Both teams had sealed progress with victories in their opening two games against Armenia and Gibraltar, but it was the Three Lions who finished first thanks to goals from Isaiah Brown, Adam Armstrong, Patrick Roberts, and Ryan Ledson.
Ireland had the first chance of the game as Corey Whelan drove a shot wide from a Shane Elworthy corner, but England took little time to assert their dominance when Brown opened the scoring after 19 minutes. Goals either side of half-time from Adam Armstrong halted any hopes of a comeback, despite some good play from Jesse Devers and Georgie Poynton.
Chelsea's Brown showed his Premier League class again soon after to add England's fourth, while Patrick Roberts extended the lead before captain Ryan Ledson added another in stoppage time. Despite the defeat, Ireland progress to the Elite Stage as Group 7 runners-up.
After the game, Ireland head coachadmitted that his side were beaten by a much better team. “Sometimes you just have to take your medicine," Mohan said. "They were superior all over the pitch and are clearly a very good side. “We have to hold our hands up. There are no excuses. There’s hardly a weakness in their side. Our lads gave their all and tried hard.
"It’s a sickener to lose any game but the manner of that defeat was disappointing. We reached our objective which was to qualify but this was a very unfortunate end to a good week.
"We’ll have to pick ourselves up and learn from it. The main thing is that our players have the elite phase to look forward to. We’ll move on and not dwell on it."Tom Holland was outstanding for us in midfield. For a player to play so well and lose by so much was hard on him in particular."