Tipperary's Barry Coffey helps propel Irish U17 squad into European finals

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Tipperary's Barry Coffey helps propel Irish U17 squad into European finals

Barry Coffey (right) pictured celebrating with Republic of Ireland goalscorer Troy Parrott.

Nenagh youngster and Glasgow Celtic player Barry Coffey has featured on the Republic of Ireland under-17 soccer team which has qualified for the European Championship finals thanks a stunning 100% qualifying campaign record. Indeed, the side coached by Colin O'Brien are the only team to qualify for the championships with six wins from six games.

On Tuesday, March 27th the Republic of Ireland under-17 team beat Poland 1-0 in Legnica thanks to a penalty from Troy Parrott. The Republic of Ireland's place in the finals had been secured on Saturday, March 24th when the under-17 team beat Georgia 2-0, but thanks to the win over Poland the Irish team will now take their place in the finals as a top seed in the 16-team tournament. Previously during the qualifying campaign the Republic of Ireland beat Azerbaijan (6-0), Bulgaria (3-0), Ukraine (3-1) and Macedonia (3-0).

The draw for the European Under-17 Championship finals will take place on April 5th - England will host the continental finals which begin on May 4th.

In June 2017 Barry Coffey signed with Scottish footballing giant Glasgow Celtic. Coffey featured on the Nenagh AFC junior side which came within a point of winning the Limerick District League Premier Division last season while Barry also inspired Nenagh AFC to a first-ever FAI Under-17 Cup title in 2016. The Republic of Ireland international is the son of Noel and Noreen Coffey and is a brother to Andrew and Maeve.

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