Scotland and Ireland into elite round

Scotland and hosts the Republic of Ireland progressed comfortably from qualifying round Group 1 but the Faroe Islands face a wait to see if they will also go through.

Scotland and Ireland drew the group decider 0-0 on Saturday
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Scotland and hosts the Republic of Ireland progressed comfortably from UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualifying round Group 1 but the Faroe Islands face a wait to see if they will also go through.

Full results and standings

  • Semi-finalists last season, Scotland had to wait until the second half to beat Faroe Islands goalkeeper Silas Eydsteinsson with Ross McCrorie's long-range effort.
  • Scotland went on to win 4-0 but Ireland went one better in defeating Gibraltar 5-0, though they nearly went behind when Byron Espinosa's volley hit the post./li>
  • Winger Trevor Clarke, an early substitute for Conor Masterson, was Ireland's star with two goals.
  • Two days later Scotland beat Gibraltar 4-0, Mark Hill controlling the game and scorer Calvin Miller, a 2014 finals veteran, also impressing.
  • Ireland defeated the Faroes 4-2 to ensure both they and Scotland progressed to the elite round a game early.
  • Steven Kinsella, swapping wings with Clarke throughout, starred for Ireland.
  • The Faroes pulled it back to 2-1 and 3-2 but Clarke's late goal made certain.
  • Scotland topped the group on goal difference after a scoreless game with Ireland.
  • Gibraltar secured their nation's first point in any UEFA football competition by holding the Faroes 0-0 on Saturday, goalkeeper Bradley Banda impressing.
  • The Faroe Islands finish third on goal difference but must wait to see if they end as one of the five with the best record against the top two in their section.

Reaction
Mark Wotte, Scotland performance director
I think the coaching staff and the boys have done a great job this week because we had two games against smaller countires in Europe in the Faroe Islands and Gibraltar and we didn't slip up, we kept two clean sheets and scored four goals against both teams. We could have scored more goals but it was enough to go into the last game against Ireland with a better goal difference.

Today it was a really competitive battle between Scotland and the Republic of Ireland,rthere was not a lot between the teams. Both teams had a very mature attitude and we were reluctant to play very offensively as we needed only a draw to go to the elite round in first place.

I think from a personal development point of view the boys had had a great experience here inIreland and the last game was a high quality game, very competitive with a lot of pressure on the ball for the 80 minutes so I'm sure the boys go home with great experiences.

Bradley Banda, Gibraltar goalkeeper

Through to elite round
Group 1: Republic of Ireland, Scotland
Group 6:
Portugal, Slovenia
Bye: Germany
TBC: 27 more

Draw: 10.40CET, 3 December, involving 32 teams, of which 15 will join Bulgaria in the finals.

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