Cork's Adam Idah led the line impressively for Irish U21s against Italy

Cork's Adam Idah led the line impressively for Irish U21s against Italy
Adam Idah of Republic of Ireland in action against Enrico Del Prato of Italy. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

CORK'S Adam Idah was among the standout performers for the Republic Of Ireland U21 side in an impressive display against Italy in this European Championship qualifier at Tallaght Stadium.

The former College Corinthians and current Norwich City attacker put in a terrific shift up front and was to cause Italy problems throughout.

Reflecting on this very satisfactory evening's work for the Irish U21s, who had Caoimhín Kelleher starting in goal, Idah felt that he and the rest of the players showed what they are capable of against such highly rated opposition.

“I think everyone knew going into the game that we have the talent in the changing room to go up against such a good team in Italy.

“I think that we showed that out on the pitch we can put up to Italy. Everyone put in a great shift and we are just delighted.

“There is a lot of resilience and character in the squad. I think there is a lot of quality there as well and we showed that out on the pitch tonight.

“Right now we are just going to go back and recover, do our homework on Iceland and prepare the same way that we did against Italy. Hopefully perform like we did against Italy.” 

When quizzed on what looked like a few questionable refereeing decisions during the game, especially the harsh sending off of Troy Parrott, Idah commented:

“It is frustrating, but sometimes decisions don’t go your way. So you just have to get on with it and play your own game.

“I thought we done that very well and fairplay to our boys for getting through it.”

This game saw the fourth seeds in Ireland go up against the first seeds in the Italians. But based on how the action transpired and such was the nature of the Irish display, you would not have thought it with a performance such as this.

It is a draw that sees Stephen Kenny's troops maintain their unbeaten start in the campaign, who top of the group heading into Tuesday’s trip to Iceland with 10pts after four games played.

Based on this showing, their hopes of qualifying for a first ever major tournament at U21 level are most certainly alive.

It was an outstanding display from Idah and one which illustrates why he could be a first choice senior Ireland forward in the making.

Idah has scored four goals at Irish U21 level. At club level with Norwich, Idah has been featuring on the bench for the first team recently, making his debut in the League Cup clash against Crawley Town.

On Thursday night, Adam Idah provided another sample of the potential he has to offer.

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