Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 midfielder Jayson Molumby had a night to remember on Sunday, after scoring a hat-trick for Republic of Ireland’s under-19s in a 5-0 victory over Cyprus in a European Championship qualifier.
Molumby scored a hat-trick in his hometown of Waterford, while Jonathan Afolabi added a brace in a 5-0 win for Tom Mohan’s side.
Ireland play the final match of their mini-qualifying tournament on Tuesday night when they host Serbia.
Meanwhile, Davy Propper helped to keep the Netherlands’ slim hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup alive, after scoring in a 3-1 victory over Belarus on Sunday.
Lyon’s Memphis Depay and Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben also found the net for the Dutch, who now need to beat Sweden by at least seven clear goals to snatch second place in Group A.
Looking ahead, it is a big night for Molumby’s compatriot Shane Duffy and the Republic of Ireland senior side, who must beat Wales in Cardiff tonight in order to finish second in their World Cup Qualifying group and secure a place in the play-offs.
All in all a slight advantage for Tuesday's match, always extra special to play in Sydney 🇦🇺 time to recover for a big one Tuesday night.— Maty Ryan (@MatyRyan) October 6, 2017
Albion goalkeeper Mathew Ryan is now one win away from featuring in next year’s World Cup Finals, knowing a victory over Syria in Sydney on Tuesday night will secure Australia a place in Russia 2018. The first leg in Malaysia ended 1-1 last Thursday.
Striker Tomer Hemed is also set to feature tonight as Israel end their World Cup Qualifying campaign against Spain in Jerusalem. Israel can no longer qualify for next year’s World Cup, while Spain have already booked their place as Group G winners.