The Republic of Ireland U-17s made a brilliant start to their European Championship Qualifying campaign as they defeated Andorra in Turners Cross last night.
Portlaoise teenager Colin Conroy started the game in midfield and was in the thick of the action as his side ran out 6-0 winners.
It is a victory which means that Ireland will qualify for the Elite Qualifying stage of the competition if they can defeat Montenegro in their second game on Friday evening.
Robert Mahon’s early opener was followed by an own goal and two goals from Evan Ferguson as Ireland raced to a 4-0 half-time lead.
Ireland eventually got their fifth on 72 minutes when Andorra keeper De Castro Prat dropped former Portlaoise AFC player Colin Conroy’s seemingly harmless cross into the back of the net.
Conroy then turned provider on 79 minutes when he directed his header across goal for substitute Calum Kavanagh to tap home for number six and cap off a perfect night for Colin O’Brien’s team.
That was the Bohemian’s/St Kevin Boys footballer’s second international goal, having previously scored in a friendly against Australia, but it was his first in a competitive game.
Best of luck to Colin and his team in their remaining games against Montenegro and Israel.
Ireland: Rose; O’Brien (C) (Barlow 63), Adaramola, Garcia McNulty, L. Kavanagh; Conroy, McCormack (Moran 63), Conway (Crowe 46); Mahon, Ferguson (C. Kavanagh 73), Armstrong (O’Neill 46).
Andorra: De Castro Prat; Rodrigues Trave (C), Alavarez Sanchez (Palou Roca 86), Del Pozo Sanjuam, Tauste; Rossell Fort (Arrahaoui Ferreira 86), Silva Torra (Cerqueira Carvalho 63), Babot Muller, Puigsegur Calvo (Checa Rubio 63); Remolins Planes, Alonso Izquierdo (Sola Garcia 72).
Referee: Aleksei Matiunin (Russia)
Friday, November 15: Ireland v Montenegro, Turner’s Cross, Cork, KO 7.30pm
Monday, November 18: Ireland v Israel, Turner’s Cross, Cork, KO 2pm