Stephen Bradley hails 17-year-old Justin Ferizaj after his Europa Conference League performance


Justin Ferizaj hailed by Stephen Bradley.

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley spoke enthusiastically about 17-year-old Justin Ferizaj after the club’s 0-0 draw with Djurgardens on Thursday night.

While the game ended in a stalemate, it was still a two-half game to some extent, with the Swedish side having the better of a chance in the first half before Rovers missed a few opportunities in the second.

Aaron Greene, Gary O’Neill and Dylan Watts all had chances to break the deadlock on a night that saw Rovers play European football in the group stage for the first time since 2011.

However, it was youngster Ferizaj’s performance that caught the attention of many onlookers, and Bradley was quick to praise the midfielder afterwards.

Stephen Bradley on Justin Ferizaj.

“‘He was very good and played like someone who was in his mid-twenties,” the Hoops boss said. “It was a tough game to play, against a good team, but we shouldn’t be surprised. because we know he has that in him,” Bradley added.

Ferizaj has previously represented Ireland at U17 and U19 level and has made several appearances in the League of Ireland and European qualifiers in recent weeks.

Clubs across Europe are believed to be monitoring his progress but for now he remains a key part of Bradley’s plans at home and abroad.

Stephen Bradley: “We are frustrated.”

Overall, Bradley was disappointed to leave Tallaght Stadium with just one point as he plots his progress from Europa League Group F.

“We are frustrated, it shows in the locker room,” he said. Blank media afterwards. “I felt we had the best chance that night, we were frustrated that we didn’t take the three points.

“I said before the group started that I thought we could win games and we believe that, so we’re frustrated, we’ll take stock tomorrow and we’ll be ready for next week.”


After hosting Finn Harps in the League of Ireland Premier Division on Sunday, Rovers travel to Belgium to take on KAA Gent on Thursday night.

Gent and Molde FK also started their campaign with a goalless draw, leaving the four Group F teams on one point each after one game played.

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