Ireland WU17: Denmark win opening friendly


Ireland WU17: Denmark win opening friendly

In the team's first match of 2018, the Republic of Ireland Women's Under-17 side lost 2-0 to Denmark at the FAI National Training Centre.
5th Feb 2018

The two teams play each other twice this week, as both continue their preparations ahead of the Elite Round stage of the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship.

In a game of few chances, Denmark's two goals came from free-kicks. Midway through the first half, Danish midfielder Emma Snerle's shot hit the crossbar, before Laura Juul tapped in the opener. Less than 15-minutes later, Snerle found the back of the net with another free kick from the edge of the box.

Speaking after the game, manager Colin Bell said there were areas to improve on ahead of Thursday's game.

"We dominated the game in the second half, without having clear cut chances. We kept Denmark out, but we had much more of the ball. We looked sharper too, and will learn the lessons we have to ahead of the second match."

The sides return to the FAINTC on Thursday, for the second of two international friendlies this week.

Republic of Ireland: Rachel Kelly; Zara Foley, Aoife Slattery, Doireann Fahey, Eabha O'Mahony (Louise Masterson 70); Isibeal Atkinson, Tyler Toland, Amy Boyle Carr (Roisin McGovern 70), Alannah McEvoy; Megan Mackey (capt) (Lucia Lobato 83), Andrea Trill (Emily Whelan 46).

Subs not used: Courtney Maguire (GK), Harriet Lambe, Jessica Ziu, Leah Brady.