Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Serbia | 2017 - UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship | 2021107

UEFA Women's Under-17 ChampionshipElite Round | Sports Center of FA of Serbia, Serbia
13 March 2017 - 14:00 (local time)

Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Serbia

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REPORT: McEvoy nets in WU17s win over Serbia

A late goal from Alannah McEvoy helped the Republic of Ireland Women's Under 17s record a 1-0 victory over Serbia in the first of three UEFA European Championship Elite Round qualifiers.
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13th Mar 2017

Dave Bell's team set out for these qualifiers with the intention of taking it one game at a time - refusing to look beyond their first match, which happened to be against hosts Serbia in Stara Pazova.

Well, they completed the first part of that mission as they collected three crucial points. And with Scotland drawing with Hungary in the other game, Ireland moved into pole position.

"I'm delighted for the girls because it was a very hard-working performance put in by everyone in the team," said Bell afterwards.

"We started well and had two or three chances to take the lead inside the first 15 minutes. Then our passing went a bit sloppy and Serbia came back at us, but we kicked on again, controlled the possession and always looked like scoring.

"It is a great win because we kept a clean sheet, didn't pick up any yellow cards and got the three points that we targeted. If we can reach those standards in our next two games then I would be confident of progressing further.

"But there is still work to do and we will turn our attention to Scotland now. We have watched some of their DVDs and will do our homework on them. But I'm really pleased by this performance and it puts us in the driving seat."

Ireland recorded six attempts on target overall with Carla McManus, Tiegan Ruddy and Sadhbh Doyle going close before McEvoy found the breakthrough on 77 minutes, thanks to an incisive assist from captain Ruddy.

That goal proved to be the winner and it sets Ireland up nicely ahead of facing Scotland on Wednesday and Hungary on Saturday.

 

Republic of Ireland: Turner; Doyle, Ruddy, Grier; Mackey, Toland, Fahey (McGovern 80), McEvoy; Payne, McManus, Carolan (Spillane 52).

Serbia: Cetinja; Josic, Mostarac, Krstic, Frajtovic; Savanovic, Miladinovic, Trbojevic; Plavsic, Agbaba (Zivkovic 78), Bulatovic.

Referee: Shona Shukrula (Netherlands).

Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

1 Turner (G) 3 Grier 5 Doyle 6 Toland 8 Ruddy (C) 9 McEvoy 10 Mackey 11 Payne 12 Fahey 15 McManus 17 Atkinson

Serbia

1 Cetinja (G) 2 Josić 3 Krstić 5 Miladinović 6 Mostarac 7 Plavšić 8 Savanović 9 Agbaba 10 Trbojević 11 Frajtović (C) 17 Bulatović

Substitutes

  • 12 Jovana Petrović (G)
  • 4 Maja Ćirić
  • 13 Milica Denda
  • 14 Nikolina Batinić
  • 15 Marija Đurović
  • 16 Emilija Zivkovic
  • 18 Agata Cvetanović

Officials

  • Referee Shona Shukrula
  • Assistant Referee Franca Overtoom
  • Assistant Referee Sabina Valieva
  • 4th Referee Vera Opeykina
  • Uefa Delegate Nikola Mužíková
  • Referee Observer Katarzyna Wierzbowska

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 2" Tyler Toland (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 2" Heather Payne (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 2" Sara Cetinja (Serbia) blocks a shot.
  • 5" Carla McManus (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 5" Sara Cetinja (Serbia) blocks a shot.
  • 6" Sara Savanović (Serbia) is penalised for a foul on Isibeal Atkinson (Republic of Ireland).
  • 22" Tyler Toland (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Sara Savanović (Serbia).
  • 23" Jovana Miladinović (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 23" Jovana Miladinović (Serbia) has an attempt on goal.
  • 23" Erica Turner (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 25" Carla McManus (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 28" Carla McManus (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 31" Tyler Toland (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 31" Tyler Toland (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 32" Sadhbh Doyle (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 32" Megan Mackey (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Ivana Trbojević (Serbia).
  • 33" Megan Mackey (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Dunja Mostarac (Serbia).
  • 34" Andjela Frajtović (Serbia) fouls.
  • 40+2" Megan Mackey (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Dunja Mostarac (Serbia).
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 41" Carla McManus (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 46" Andjela Frajtović (Serbia) takes the corner.
  • 47" Tijana Josić (Serbia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Isibeal Atkinson (Republic of Ireland).
  • 50" Andjela Frajtović (Serbia) fouls.
  • 52" Aisling Spillane (in) - Isibeal Atkinson (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 53" Tyler Toland (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 53" Tiegan Ruddy (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 53" Sara Cetinja (Serbia) blocks a shot.
  • 55" Andjela Frajtović (Serbia) takes the corner.
  • 57" Andjela Frajtović (Serbia) delivers the corner.
  • 58" Jovana Agbaba (Serbia) is penalised for a foul on Heather Payne (Republic of Ireland).
  • 58" Dunja Mostarac (Serbia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Tyler Toland (Republic of Ireland).
  • 59" Sadhbh Doyle (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 64" Heather Payne (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 70" Andjela Krstić (Serbia) is flagged for offside.
  • 71" Jovana Agbaba (Serbia) fouls.
  • 71" Carla McManus (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 72" Ivana Trbojević (Serbia) misses the target.
  • 74" Carla McManus (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 74" Sara Cetinja (Serbia) blocks a shot.
  • 76" Tyler Toland (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Ivana Trbojević (Serbia).
  • 76" Ivana Trbojević (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 77" Tyler Toland (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 77" Sadhbh Doyle (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 77" Sara Cetinja (Serbia) blocks a shot.
  • 78" Alannah McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 78" Emilija Zivkovic (in) - Jovana Agbaba (out) (Serbia)
  • 80" Roisin McGovern (in) - Doireann Fahey (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 80" Alannah McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jovana Miladinović (Serbia).
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Serbia

Corners Won

4 3

Shots on Target

6 1

Shots off Target

3 1

Fouls Committed

7 7
  • Republic of Ireland

    Serbia

  • 1Goals0
  • 0Yellow Card(s)0
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 6Shots on Goal1
  • 3Shots Wide1
  • 1Shot(s) Blocked0
  • 1Save(s)5
  • 10Total Shots2
  • 7Fouls Committed7
  • 4Corner(s)3
  • 2Offside(s)1