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Ireland are back in action today in the U-19 UEFA Championship finals against the Czech Republic , live on Eurosport 5pm, hoping to repeat their heroics of Wednesday
Pat Doolin’s men impressed in the 2-1 win over Greece and know that a win over the Czech’s today would see them advance from Group A and into the semi finals.
Today represents the first chance that Irish fans will have to see the team action as all of Ireland’s games so far this season have taken place on foreign soil.
While Anthony O’Connor might have grabbed the headline with his brace against the Greek’s Irish winger Kevin Knight, recently released by Leicester, is another one giving a good account of himself in Romania and the player is keen to grasp the opportunity afforded to him with both hands.
Knight said: “My call-up to the squad last May was a big surprise to me. I literally received the news that I would be leaving with the team the day that they were due to leave but I knew that it was a brilliant opportunity and I was determined to repay the faith shown in me by the manager and I was lucky to come on against Italy and set-up the second goal.
“Last Wednesday’s 2-1 win against Greece was a massive boost for the squad. Greece were one of the favourites for this competition from the outset and to defeat them in the manner in which we did was fantastic.
“However, I expect the Czech Republic to be another step-up from Greece, they looked strong, fast and sharp in their win over Romania but we’re concentrating on our own capabilities and we expect a real tough battle on Saturday.
Republic of Ireland squad
Samir Carruthers – Aston Villa
Matt Doherty – Wolverhampton Wanderers
John Egan – Sunderland
Kane Ferdinand – Southend United
Anthony Forde – Wolverhampton Wanderers
Jeff Hendrick – Derby County
Kevin Knight – N/A
Aaron McCarey – Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sean McDermott – Arsenal
Conor Murphy – Bray Wanderers
Sean Murray – Watford
John O’ Sullivan – Blackburn Rovers
Anthony O’Connor – Blackburn Rovers
Joe Shaughnessy – Aberdeen
Connor Smith – Watford
Declan Walker – Wrexham
Eoin Wearen – West Ham United
Derrick Williams – Aston Villa