Republic of Ireland 1 - 1 Slovakia | 2022 - UEFA Under-17 Championship | 999947851

UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship Round 2 | Tallaght Stadium
23 Mar 2022 19:00

Republic of Ireland 1 - 1 Slovakia

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REPORT | WU17 1-1 Slovakia

This was the first of three UEFA Women's Under-17 European Championship Round 2 games for the Republic of Ireland Women's Under-17s as they fought back to draw 1-1 with Slovakia in Tallaght Stadium.
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23rd Mar 2022

James Scott's team controlled the game from the off, with Michaela Lawrence and Orlaith O’Mahony dictating things in the middle of the pitch. After a fantastic solo run in the 18th minute, Lia O’Leary nearly got the first goal of the game but the ball hit off the inside of the post and into the Slovakian goalkeepers hands.
 
In the 26th minute after brilliant skill to dribble past two Slovakian players, Tara O’Hanlon crossed the ball into the box and hit off a Slovakian hand. A fair shout for a penalty but not given by referee Olivia Tschon. 
 
Slovakia nearly got ahead in the game from a corner in the 40th minute, but Joy Ralph was there to clear the ball off the line to keep it level.
 
The second half began and The Girls in Green didn’t let their momentum die. Chances kept coming but Ireland just couldn’t convert. In the 64th minute, O’Mahony whipped a great ball into the box from a corner, but still Ireland couldn’t get it into the back of the net.
 
Limerick native Lawrence almost made it 1-0 to Ireland when she struck a fantastic effort outside the box and it hit the crossbar. 
 
Slovakia were awarded a penalty in the 70th minute and Aneta Surová converted to make it 1-0 to the hosts. It was disappointing for Ireland after controlling the game for so long. 
 
The home team - playing in front of 1,153 spectators - didn’t give up however, with substitute Aoife Kelly getting a great chance for a header but couldn’t get it on target.
 
Finally in the 88th minute after another fantastic free-kick into the box by O’Mahony, the ball was deflected out and Lawrence hit it home for the equaliser.

While it was a disappointing result for Ireland, they leave the game with a point. They play Finland on the 26th next at Tallaght Stadium.
 
Republic of Ireland: Lawless; Thompson, Dossen, Fleming (Mackin 61), O’Hanlon (C); O’Mahony, Lawrence, Loughrey (Kelly 75); McCarn (Larkin 77), Ralph, O’Leary.
 
Slovakia: Štefániková; Belicová, Vargová (C), Horváthová, Servátková; Žigová, Straková, Surová; Hrúziková, Hlavinková, Vašáková.

Referee: Olivia Tschon (Austria).

PREVIEW | WU17 v Slovakia

The wait is almost over as the Republic of Ireland Women’s Under-17s prepare to start the final phase of their pursuit to reach the UEFA Women’s Under-17 European Championship finals tournament in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
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22nd Mar 2022

The Round Two qualifiers begin on Wednesday under the floodlights at 19:00 in Tallaght Stadium. James Scott’s squad takes on Slovakia in the first of three games coming up this week. 
 
Supporters are encouraged to show the Girls in Green huge support. Tickets are just €5 for adults with Under-16s going free with a ticket secure in advance. 
 

Team News
All players are fit and available for selection. Ellen Dolan replaces Sophie Morrin in the squad for COVID-19 reasons.
 

Quotes
Republic of Ireland WU17s Manager James Scott
“We are the first seeds, so our hopes are that we want to top the group and go to Bosnia and Herzegovina. I think we should have that mentality going in and the girls are really up for it.
 
“In fairness, we’ve three very good teams against us as well and I think it’s going to be a very tight group. Slovakia are coming in as a fourth seed, but for me they’re the best fourth seed and they will be stiff opposition.
 
“To get Tallaght Stadium is unbelievable, the quality of the pitch is fantastic and the Women's Senior Team play there. What a privilege for them and hopefully we get great backing and good support. 
 
“It’s going to be three very tough games and whoever will get to Bosnia and Herzegovina will earn it."

 
Republic of Ireland WU17 Squad
Goalkeepers: Summer Lawless (Peamount United), Claudia Keenan (Wexford Youths)
Defenders: Meabh Russell (Wexford Youths), Heidi Macken (Cork City), Kate Thompson, Eve Dossen (Galway WFC), Aoibhe Fleming, Tara O'Hanlon (Peamount United)
Midfielders: Aoife Kelly (Shelbourne), Michaela Lawrence (Treaty United), Orlaith O'Mahony (Shamrock Rovers), Ellen Dolan (Peamount United), Jodie Loughrey (Donegal Women's League)
Forwards: Abbie Larkin, Lia O'Leary, Katie McCarn (Shelbourne), Joy Ralph (DLR Waves), Héidí O'Sullivan (Treaty United), Keri Loughrey (Donegal Women's League), Chloe Atkinson (Cork City)
 

UEFA Women's Under-17 European Championship Qualifiers Round 2 - League A
Republic of Ireland v Slovakia
Wednesday, March 23rd
Tallaght Stadium
KO 19:00
LIVE on RTÉ News Channel & Player