Hungary 0 - 1 Republic of Ireland | 2017 - UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship | 2021131

UEFA Women's Under-17 ChampionshipElite Round | Gradski "Zemum", Belgrade
18 March 2017 - 14:00 (local time)

Hungary 0 - 1 Republic of Ireland

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Hungary Republic of Ireland

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The Republic of Ireland Women's Under 17s qualified for this summer's UEFA Women's Under 17 European Championships following a 1-0 win over Hungary.
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The narrow victory saw Dave Bell's side end their three Elite Round games unbeaten with seven points and top of Group 4 - having previously beaten hosts Serbia and drawn with Scotland.

A single goal from Heather Payne on 13 minutes proved to be enough for Ireland to claim the win that they needed, but they were the more dominant of the two sides and that was a common trend throughout their qualifying campaign.

Sometimes it takes a moment of magic to deliver a desired result and that is exactly what happened when Peamount United ace Payne used her wand of a foot to fire in a free-kick from distance. There was no looking back after that.

"It is a fantastic achievement," beamed Bell after the win. "The girls worked so hard and the dedication that they gave to these qualifiers is testament to their attitude and also their quality.

"To qualify as group winners makes it even more enjoyable. We had to work hard to get the win because Hungary gave us a good game and I have to give credit to them because they are a very good side.

"We have had so many players step up in this qualifying campaign, but I can't praise our captain, Tiegan Ruddy, enough and also Sadhbh Doyle and Heather Payne. Those three girls guided the younger girls through and they were a big help to me.

"The new Senior Women's Head Coach, Colin Bell, was here watching the girls and I think he was impressed with their play. Now, I'm hoping that they can go to the tournament and show Europe what they can do.

"I believe this is a special group of players and they fully deserve to have made it through to the finals tournament."

Including their Qualifying Round games, this Ireland team played six times, won five, drew one, scored 14 goals, conceded one, and twice topped their group. It is a remarkable achievement by the players, the management, and all of the backroom staff.

The draw for finals tournament will take place on April 7, while the main event will be staged in Czech Republic from May 2-14.

Republic of Ireland: Turner; Grier, Ruddy, Doyle; Fahey (Spillane 53), McGovern, Toland, Mackey; Payne, McManus, McEvoy.

Hungary: Terestyenyi; Csolti, Fordos, Kovacs, Nagy; Pulins, Vachter (Dorner 73), Tolnai (Kovacs 52); Pintye, Nagy (Pusztai 51), Czeller.

Referee: Vera Opeykina (Russia).

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It all comes down to one game as the Republic of Ireland Women's Under 17s aim to qualify for the UEFA Women's Under 17 European Championships.
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Dave Bell's side are joint top of Group 4 alongside Hungary and the two teams meet on Saturday to decide who will go through to the finals tournament in Czech Republic this summer.

A win over Serbia, who are hosting these Elite Qualifying Round games, and a draw with Scotland has given Ireland the confidence that they can complete their objective and top the group.

Defender Sabhdh Doyle insists there is a positive atmosphere amongst the squad ahead of the game in Gradski Zemum, Belgrade. And that is something that they must make the most of.

"If we play to our potential then we believe that we can win the game," states Doyle, who has been a key player with this team for the last two years.

"We are a very good footballing team and we feel that we can match up to anyone at this level. We just have to play our game. We have to set the tempo and put them under pressure."

The months of preparation under Bell's stewardship have brought Ireland to this stage and the players are determined to play as a team in order to overcome the final obstacle.

Galway native Doyle admits that clinching qualification would be the ultimate reward for their hard work. However, she is fully focused on putting in one more big shift.

"I want to play with these girls for as long as possible. I want to play at a European finals with them. So we want to stick together and get there as a team," she says.

Tactical Lineups

Hungary

1 Terestyényi (G) 3 Tolnai 4 Kovács 5 Fördős 6 Pulins 7 Csolti 8 V. Nagy 10 Vachter (C) 11 Czellér 14 V. Nagy 17 Pintye

Substitutes

  • 12 Renáta Réka Virág (G)
  • 2 Dorottya Simon
  • 9 Eszter Kovács
  • 13 Viktória Bódai
  • 15 Dóra Dorner
  • 16 Sára Pusztai
  • 18 Emese Horváth

Republic of Ireland

1 Turner (G) 3 Grier 4 McGovern 5 Doyle 6 Toland 8 Ruddy (C) 9 McEvoy 10 Mackey 11 Payne 12 Fahey 15 McManus

Officials

  • Referee Vera Opeykina
  • Assistant Referee Sabina Valieva
  • Assistant Referee Aleksandra Stojanac
  • 4th Referee Jelena Cvetković
  • Uefa Delegate Katarzyna Wierzbowska
  • Referee Observer Katarzyna Wierzbowska

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 5" Vanessza Nagy (Hungary) is flagged for offside.
  • 5" Carla McManus (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 5" Anna Terestyényi (Hungary) blocks a shot.
  • 6" Doireann Fahey (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Vanessza Nagy (Hungary).
  • 6" Laura Kovács (Hungary) takes the free-kick.
  • 7" Fanni Vachter (Hungary) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Doireann Fahey (Republic of Ireland).
  • 8" Tiegan Ruddy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 8" Tiegan Ruddy (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 12" Beatrix Fördős (Hungary) fouls.
  • 13" Heather Payne (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 13" Heather Payne (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 15" Tyler Toland (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Vanessza Nagy (Hungary).
  • 16" Virág Nagy (Hungary) takes the free-kick.
  • 16" Brigitta Pulins (Hungary) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Erica Turner (Republic of Ireland).
  • 19" Sadhbh Doyle (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 22" Vanessza Nagy (Hungary) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 23" Megan Mackey (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 26" Tyler Toland (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Dorottya Czellér (Hungary).
  • 28" Roisin McGovern (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Fanni Vachter (Hungary).
  • 28" Virág Nagy (Hungary) takes the free-kick.
  • 29" Megan Mackey (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 30" Beatrix Fördős (Hungary) takes the free-kick.
  • 30" Beatrix Fördős (Hungary) has a shot blocked.
  • 34" Heather Payne (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Virág Nagy (Hungary).
  • 34" Fanni Vachter (Hungary) misses the target.
  • 37" Alannah McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Réka Csolti (Hungary).
  • 40" Carla McManus (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 42" Tyler Toland (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 43" Tyler Toland (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 43" Carla McManus (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 43" Anna Terestyényi (Hungary) blocks a shot.
  • 45" Megan Mackey (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 46" Carla McManus (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 48" Heather Payne (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 48" Alannah McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 51" Roisin McGovern (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 51" Sára Pusztai (in) - Vanessza Nagy (out) (Hungary)
  • 52" Eszter Kovács (in) - Katalin Tímea Tolnai (out) (Hungary)
  • 53" Aisling Spillane (in) - Doireann Fahey (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 56" Tyler Toland (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 56" Alannah McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 57" Anna Terestyényi (Hungary) blocks a shot.
  • 60" Tyler Toland (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 60" Alannah McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Dorottya Czellér (Hungary).
  • 61" Carla McManus (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 63" Tyler Toland (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 64" Carla McManus (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 67" Vivien Pintye (Hungary) has an attempt on goal.
  • 67" Erica Turner (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 67" Carla McManus (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 67" Anna Terestyényi (Hungary) blocks a shot.
  • 68" Heather Payne (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Réka Csolti (Hungary).
  • 71" Heather Payne (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 72" Brigitta Pulins (Hungary) misses the target.
  • 73" Dóra Dorner (in) - Fanni Vachter (out) (Hungary)
  • 75" Aisling Spillane (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 79" Vivien Pintye (Hungary) has a shot blocked.
  • 80+1" Vivien Pintye (Hungary) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Heather Payne (Republic of Ireland).
  • 80+2" Tiegan Ruddy (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Hungary
  • Republic of Ireland

Corners Won

0 5

Shots on Target

1 5

Shots off Target

2 3

Fouls Committed

4 13
  • Hungary

    Republic of Ireland

  • 0Goals1
  • 0Yellow Card(s)2
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 1Shots on Goal5
  • 2Shots Wide3
  • 2Shot(s) Blocked3
  • 4Save(s)1
  • 5Total Shots11
  • 4Fouls Committed13
  • 0Corner(s)5
  • 2Offside(s)2