Conor Coventry hoping Ireland U21s can seal maiden finals spot with Italy scalp

Republic of Ireland v Luxembourg – UEFA Under-21 Championship – Qualifying Round – Group F – Tallaght Stadium
(Image credit: Brian Lawless)

Conor Coventry does not want to be cast in the role of “nearly man” as the Republic of Ireland attempt to qualify for the European Under-21s Championship finals for the first time.

Ireland face a winner-takes-all battle with Group F leaders Italy in Ascoli on Tuesday afternoon with a play-off place already secured, but automatic qualification still up for grabs in their final fixture.

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