Republic of Ireland 1 - 3 Finland | 2017 - UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship | 2021095

UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship | Market's Field, Limerick
9 April 2017 - 14:00 (local time)

Republic of Ireland 1 - 3 Finland

Prior(88) Full-time Ketola(26) Summanen(57) Rantala(61)
Republic of Ireland Finland

Clinical Finland eliminate IRLWU19's in Elite Round

The Republic of Ireland ended their UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship Elite Round with a three-one defeat, despite a spirited performance against Finland.
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9th Apr 2017

Ireland produced their best forty-five minutes of the Elite Round in the opening half. With the numerical advantage in midfield, Roma McLaughlin, Lucy McCartan and Alex Kavanagh dictated play and controlled the tempo.

Speaking after the game, Head Coach Dave Connell said he felt the scoreline didn't reflect the game at all. He explained:

"It was a funny game. Hitting the woodwork four times and creating a couple of really good clear-cut chances that we failed to put away - we were unlucky. There was no way that was a three-one game, even the Finnish manager said it. The difference was that they put their chances away."

Connell's charges created a glorious opportunity just six minutes into the contest, when brilliant feet from Alex Kavanagh afforded her space to slip Leanne Kieran through on goal. Her effort appeared goalbound but rattled the underside of the crossbar, and was eventually cleared by the Finnish backline.

Despite the excellent start, Finland hit the front on twenty-six minutes. A corner from the right-hand-side was delivered into the danger area. Juuli Ketola rose highest to head towards goal and her effort smacked off the underside of the crossbar. The assistant referee on the near side indicated the ball had crossed the line, much to the dismay of Ireland 'keeper Amanda McQuillan.

Leanne Kiernan had a great chance to level matters early in the second half when she charged down the right. Her shot could only find the side-netting though. From here, Ireland were punished. Emmaliina Tulkki's cross from the left found Eveliina Summanen at the back post and her low drive beat McQuillan.

Five minutes later, they would move further ahead. Breaking from an Ireland corner, Jutta Rantala gained possession shy of the halfway line. From here, she jinked past a defender before smashing a brilliant strike into the far corner to put the result beyond doubt.

Niamh Prior ended the campaign on a positive note however - giving the Markets Field crowd a moment to remember when her thirty-five yard free kick rocketed into the net with three minutes left on the clock. Roma McLaughlin was dissmissed in injury time after receiving a second yellow from Croatian referee Ivana Martincic.

Connell believed that while they didn't achieve their overall goal of qualification, his players deserve a lot of credit.

"We wanted to do better in the Elite Round - we wanted to do it on our home soil. Maybe we didn't get the rub of the green. We had a few injuries coming into it - we hadn't the ideal preparation coming, but that's football. We won't make any excuses. I'm very proud of them for all their efforts and I'd like to thank them for everything," he said.

932 was the official attendance on the day, but the Elite Round had been well received on Shannonside, with a lot of interest locally. Closing with praise for the city, Connell complimented everything Limerick had to offer both himself and his squad.

"It was great that the FAI decided to come down here. I'd like to thank everyone - the facilities have been great - the pitch, the hotel - everything. It was great to hear the national anthem be sung out with such enthusiasm. I'd like to thank the people of Limerick," he finished.

Republic of Ireland: McQuillan; Finn, Farrelly (Craven, 85), Moloney, Nolan (Beirne, 66); Kavanagh (Kelly, 77), McCartan; Kiernan, McLaughlin, Prior; Noonan.

Finland: Rajatalo; Lehtola, Pikkujamsa, Schrey, Pietikainen (Toivanen, 46); Rinkinen (Rousti, 90), Tulkki, Summanen, Mikkola; Rantala, Ketola (Lappalainen, 55).

Referee: I Martincic (CRO)

Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

1 McQuillan (G) 2 McCartan 3 J. Nolan 4 Farrelly 5 Moloney 6 Finn (C) 7 Kiernan 8 McLaughlin 9 Noonan 10 Kavanagh 11 Prior

Finland

1 Rajatalo (G) 2 Lehtola (C) 4 Schrey 6 Pietikäinen 9 Rantala 10 Ketola 15 Mikkola 16 Pikkujämsä 17 Rinkinen 18 Summanen 19 Tulkki

Substitutes

  • 12 Annika Laihanen (G)
  • 3 Satu Rousti
  • 5 Roosa Toivanen
  • 7 Kaisla Karppinen
  • 8 Saara Lappalainen
  • 11 Wilma Spets
  • 20 Aino Kröger

Officials

  • Referee Ivana Martinčić
  • Assistant Referee Gordana Katušic
  • Assistant Referee Sina Diekmann
  • 4th Referee Angelika Soeder
  • Uefa Delegate Barbara Moschini
  • Referee Observer Antonia Kokotou

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 2" Lucy McCartan (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Eveliina Summanen (Finland).
  • 4" Jutta Rantala (Finland) has a shot blocked.
  • 4" Eveliina Summanen (Finland) misses the target.
  • 6" Eveliina Summanen (Finland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Lucy McCartan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 6" Leanne Kiernan (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 7" Tuulia Mikkola (Finland) is flagged for offside.
  • 8" Leanne Kiernan (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 9" Jutta Rantala (Finland) fouls.
  • 10" Leanne Kiernan (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Eveliina Summanen (Finland).
  • 11" Roma McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Alina Schrey (Finland).
  • 14" Jessica Nolan (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 18" Jutta Rantala (Finland) takes the corner.
  • 21" Alina Schrey (Finland) fouls.
  • 22" Niamh Prior (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 22" Niamh Prior (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 22" Saoirse Noonan (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 24" Niamh Prior (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Juuli Ketola (Finland).
  • 24" Jutta Rantala (Finland) has a shot blocked.
  • 24" Juuli Ketola (Finland) is flagged for offside.
  • 26" Tessa Rinkinen (Finland) has a shot blocked.
  • 26" Jutta Rantala (Finland) delivers the corner.
  • 26" Juuli Ketola (Finland) scores!
  • 29" Roma McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Tuulia Mikkola (Finland).
  • 29" Roma McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 32" Leanne Kiernan (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 35" Tessa Rinkinen (Finland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 35" Amanda McQuillan (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 37" Juuli Ketola (Finland) has a shot blocked.
  • 39" Eveliina Summanen (Finland) fouls.
  • 40" Juuli Ketola (Finland) misses the target.
  • 41" Nea Lehtola (Finland) misses the target.
  • 43" Juuli Ketola (Finland) has an effort on goal.
  • 43" Amanda McQuillan (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 43" Juuli Ketola (Finland) is penalised for a foul on Niamh Prior (Republic of Ireland).
  • 44" Roma McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 45" Jutta Rantala (Finland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 45" Amanda McQuillan (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 46" Roosa Toivanen (in) - Fanni Pietikäinen (out) (Finland)
  • 47" Tessa Rinkinen (Finland) has an effort on goal.
  • 47" Amanda McQuillan (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 47" Tessa Rinkinen (Finland) misses the target.
  • 51" Emmaliina Tulkki (Finland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jessica Nolan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 51" Alex Kavanagh (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 52" Alex Kavanagh (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 54" Saoirse Noonan (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 54" Saara Lappalainen (in) - Juuli Ketola (out) (Finland)
  • 55" Leanne Kiernan (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 57" Eveliina Summanen (Finland) scores!
  • 60" Alex Kavanagh (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 61" Niamh Prior (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 61" Jutta Rantala (Finland) scores!
  • 65" Emmaliina Tulkki (Finland) has an effort on goal.
  • 65" Amanda McQuillan (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 65" Roma McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 65" Dearbhaile Beirne (in) - Jessica Nolan (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 66" Elli Pikkujämsä (Finland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 69" Eveliina Summanen (Finland) is penalised for a foul on Saoirse Noonan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 70" Niamh Prior (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jutta Rantala (Finland).
  • 71" Saoirse Noonan (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 72" Elli Pikkujämsä (Finland) fouls.
  • 73" Alex Kavanagh (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 74" Lucy McCartan (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Jutta Rantala (Finland).
  • 74" Lucy McCartan (Republic of Ireland) is booked.
  • 74" Amanda McQuillan (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 76" Eveliina Summanen (Finland) takes the free-kick.
  • 76" Eveliina Summanen (Finland) has an effort on goal.
  • 76" Amanda McQuillan (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 76" Saara Lappalainen (Finland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Roma McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland).
  • 77" Lauren Kelly (in) - Alex Kavanagh (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 83" Roma McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 83" Jutta Rantala (Finland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 83" Amanda McQuillan (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 85" Lynn Craven (in) - Niamh Farrelly (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 87" Eveliina Summanen (Finland) fouls.
  • 88" Niamh Prior (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 88" Niamh Prior (Republic of Ireland) scores from a direct free-kick
  • 90" Niamh Prior (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Emmaliina Tulkki (Finland).
  • 90" Jutta Rantala (Finland) misses the target.
  • 90" Kaisla Karppinen (in) - Tessa Rinkinen (out) (Finland)
  • 90+2" Roma McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Eveliina Summanen (Finland).
  • 90+2" Roma McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 90+2" Roma McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland) is shown a second yellow card and is dismissed.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Finland

Corners Won

3 2

Shots on Target

1 10

Shots off Target

7 5

Fouls Committed

10 10
  • Republic of Ireland

    Finland

  • 1Goals3
  • 4Yellow Card(s)1
  • 1Red Card(s)0
  • 1Shots on Goal10
  • 7Shots Wide5
  • 1Shot(s) Blocked4
  • 7Save(s)0
  • 9Total Shots19
  • 10Fouls Committed10
  • 3Corner(s)2
  • 4Offside(s)2