Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Finland | 2022 - UEFA Under-17 Championship | 999947852

UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship Round 2 | Tallaght Stadium
26 Mar 2022 14:00

Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Finland

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REPORT | WU17 1-2 Finland

The Republic of Ireland missed out on securing victory in their second UEFA Women's Under-17 European Championship Round 2 game following a 2-1 loss to Finland.
26th Mar 2022

With the clock ticking into added time, James Scott's team were leading 1-0 but two late finishes from Finland swung the contest back in their favour and they took the three points.

Ireland fought back to draw 1-1 with Slovakia in their previous game and they started well here with Michaela Lawrence winning a free-kick that Kate Thompson struck wide.
Lia O’Leary made a fantastic run in the 10th minute, gliding past two Finnish players before dragging her shot just wide. 
Finland started to up their game and in the 15th minute had a very close chance. It was a wake-up call for the Girls in Green. 
O’Leary again threatened with a fantastic chance in the 20th minute. Goalkeeper Summer Lawless played a quick long ball up the field and O’Leary drifted pass the Finnish defenders, her shot was saved by the Finnish goalkeeper. Again in the 25th minute O’Leary had another great chance, but was saved by Finnish goalkeeper Ellan Arpiainen. 
The game stayed extremely even between the two teams, Lawless made a fantastic save in the 27th minute, keeping Ireland in the game. 
Thompson had another shot from goal far out, the Finnish goalkeeper touched it onto the crossbar, but it just didn’t bounce the right way for Jodie Loughrey following in.
Right before halftime, Jodie Loughrey’s shot deflected out to O’Leary who just hit the ball over the crossbar. A eventful first half for Ireland, but the score line still 0-0.
Finally in the 58th minute Ireland got the opener. Katie McCarn intercepted a pass out the of the back from the Finnish goalkeeper, crossed the ball in, and there was captain Abbie Larkin to give Ireland to lead.
Ireland started to dominate the game from this point, chances kept coming with more chances for O’Leary and Orlaith O’Mahony - the latter having a great chance in the 90th minute, just putting over bar.
Finland got a good spell of possession late on in the game and got the equaliser through substitute Elli Makipelkola in extra time. 
An extremely tense last couple of minutes for both sides and after a great Finnish free kick, an unfortunate touch from Thompson put it into the back of the net.
Extremenly unfortunate for the Girls in Green, but they can be proud of their performance in a very intense game.
Ireland play Iceland in their final Round 2 game on Tuesday in Tallaght Stadium.
Republic of Ireland: Lawless; Russell, Thompson, Mackin, O’Hanlon; O’Mahony, Lawrence (Kelly 55), Jodie Loughrey (Dolan 55); Keri Loughrey (McCarn 45), Abbie Larkin (C), Lia O’Leary (Ralph 79).
Finland: Arpiainen; Siivonen, Arimo, Angeria; Kalske, Schalin, Yia-Mononen, Walta; Halttunen, Kiviranta, Seiro.
Referee: Zulema Gonzalez Gonzalez (Spain).

PREVIEW | WU17 v Finland

The Republic of Ireland Women’s Under-17 Team return to Tallaght Stadium on Saturday to continue their UEFA Women's Under-17 European Championship Round 2 campaign.
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25th Mar 2022

The Girls in Green will face Finland in an important fixture in their quest to top the qualifying group. This will be Ireland’s second game in Round 2 following a hard-earned 1-1 draw against Slovakia on Wednesday night.
Supporters are encouraged to replicate the fantastic support shown on Wednesday evening. Tickets are just €5 for adults with Under-16s going free with a ticket secure in advance.
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All players are fit and available for selection.
Republic of Ireland WU17s Manager James Scott

“We would’ve liked to have gotten the three points against Slovakia, especially with the draw in the other game. We knew it was going to be a tough game and it turned out like that. There’s probably a few mixed feelings but at the end of the day we got the late draw and we can’t really have any complaints with that.

“Preparations for Finland are going very good, everyone is fully fit and everyone is available now so we’re really looking forward to it.

“All the teams are on one point so it’s like Day One again. We’re excited for the game and hopefully we’ll get a result that’s very positive and we can kick on from there.

“There was an unbelievable backing for the squad at Tallaght last time out and it was just fantastic. Women’s football is really taking off and the girls really appreciated it as well, especially in the last 10 minutes when you’re behind. It was great to see a number of their club-mates there as well and I saw captain Tara O’Hanlon’s Under-10’s team supporting as well which was fantastic. We hope we’ll have that again on Saturday."

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 Finland
Saturday, March 26th
Tallaght Stadium
KO 14:00
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