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‘Nenagh must be rocking’ ‘Upcoming Tipp star’ young Celt Coffey is the toast of Ireland

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Barry Coffey is waking up to the prospect of a European Championship semi-final this morning after scoring the winning goal against the Czech Republic yesterday.

The midfielder made his first top team appearances for Celtic last month against Pinkafeld and Wiener before meeting up with his international team-mates for the eight team competition in Armenia.

Luca Connell was one of a number of withdrawals due to club commitments but that didn’t detract from the spirit that coach Tom Mohan has instilled in his squad.

Coffey watched the 1-1 draw with Norway in the opening match from the bench before getting 25 minutes in the 1-0 defeat from France.

A win over the Czech Republic and a win for France would take Ireland into the semi-finals with all going to plan when Jonathan Afolabi opened the scoring after 35 minutes.

The Czech Republic were level after 79 minutes but two minutes later substitute Coffey burst through from midfield to score from just inside the penalty box.

After seven minutes of added time the final whistle blew with Ireland through to the semi-finals and a clash with Portugal on Wednesday.

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