Republic of Ireland 1 - 4 Iceland | 2022 - UEFA Under-17 Championship | 999947853

UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship Round 2 | Tallaght Stadium
29 Mar 2022 12:00

Republic of Ireland 1 - 4 Iceland

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REPORT | WU17 1-4 Iceland

The dream of reaching the UEFA Women's Under-17 European Championships ended for the Republic of Ireland Women's Under-17s on Tuesday afternoon.
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29th Mar 2022

Having drawn with Slovakia and lost to Finland, James Scott's team needed to beat Iceland in their final game and hope that Slovakia overcame Finland. Neither of those came through.

Ireland lost 4-1 in Tallaght Stadium, while Finland were 4-0 victors in the UCD Bowl to ensure that they topped Group A and progressed through to the finals tournament.
 
Scott's team started the game with great determination with Katie McCarn setting up Lia O’Leary but her shot was saved by the Icelandic goalkeeper. 
 
In the 4th minute, Ireland won a free-kick in a fantastic position. Michaela Lawrence took the shot on, it bounced out of the goalkeeper's hands and Abbie Larkin was there to pounce on the loose ball to give Ireland their first goal of the game, 1-0.
 
In the in 12th minute after an Icelandic corner was cleared, Eyrún Embla Hjartardóttir hit the rebound from outside the box and it flew into the net, 1-1. 
 
Ireland didn’t let the equaliser affect their game, Heidi Mackin and Larkin both had great chances soon after but just couldn’t convert. 
 
After great work again by O’Leary in the 22nd minute, she passed the ball through to Lawrence who just hit the side netting with her effort.
 
Ireland kept creeping closer, in the 29th minute Larkin released O’Leary on the left and her shot was pushed out to Larkin and her strike was blocked down.
 
Right before half-time, Iceland took the lead through Emelía Óskarsdóttir after great individual skill.
 
The second half began with Ireland looking for that equaliser. Iceland did their best to frustrate the Girls in Green however, slowing down play at every opportunity. 
 
The home side made all his substitutions before the 60th minute, with Claudia Keenan, Aobihe Fleming, Joy Ralph, Chloe Atkinson and Jodie Loughrey all coming on to try and make the difference. 
 
in the 69th minute, Larkin now playing in the No 10 role, had a great chance outside the box, but just struck it over the crossbar. Soon after, Ralph had another good chance when she took it onto her left foot, but her strike was saved again. Ireland working hard to find the back of the net. 
 
In the 75th minute, Orlaith O’Mahony’s free-kick was saved and Iceland went on the counter attack. Iceland were through but Keenan stopped them getting their third after a great save.
 
Iceland got their third goal in the 79th minute with Hrafnhildur Ása Halldórsdóttir putting the ball in the back of the net. Their fourth was added in extra time by Halldórsdóttir again to ensure Iceland the win.

It was a disappointing result for Ireland, but the Girls in Green can be proud of their performances throughout this qualifying round. 
 
Republic of Ireland: Lawless (Keenan 58); Russell, Thompson, Mackin (Fleming 45), O’Hanlon; O’Mahony, Kelly, Lawrence (Ralph 45); McCarn (Atkinson 58), Larkin (C), O’Leary (Loughrey 58).
 
Iceland: Birkisdóttir (c), Margrétardóttir, Gunnarsdóttir, Hjartardóttir, Helgadóttir; Kristinsdóttir, Gudmundsdóttir, Halldórsdóttir; Óskarsdóttir, Tryggvadóttir, Tryggvadóttir. 
 
Referee: Zulema Gonzalez Gonzalez (Spain).
 

PREVIEW | WU17 v Iceland

The Republic of Ireland Women’s Under-17 Team return to Tallaght Stadium for the final time in their Round 2 campaign for the UEFA Women's Under-17 European Championship.
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28th Mar 2022

Ireland will come face to face with Iceland on Tuesday looking to finish out their qualifying round on a high. This will be Ireland’s third game in Round 2 following their tough 2-1 loss against Finland on Saturday.

In order to reach the finals tournament in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ireland need a Slovakia win over Finland and to better their result by one goal. Should all teams would finish on four points, Ireland would top the group by goal difference if that’s then equal it goes to goals scored.
 
Supporters are encouraged to show the Girls in Green fantastic support for their third game in Tallaght Stadium. 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. 
 
Quotes
Republic of Ireland WU17s Manager James Scott
“I thought the game against Finland was a very good performance from the girls and it’s just unfortunate at the end. We have to, as players and staff, reflect on that and this is all part of the players' development. They’ll have days like that and the big thing is that we all learn from it.
 
“In fairness they’ve really bounced back well and we still have a chance to qualify so who knows, stranger things have happened.
 
“It’s really just a matter of, they have that opportunity and we need to go out and focus on what we do in terms of our attacking and our defending. If we do things to a high standard, I’ve no doubt that this team can go and get a very positive result against Iceland if they perform to the levels that they have done this year. We’ve a chance and hopefully Slovakia do us a favour in their game.”
 

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), 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 Iceland

Saturday, March 29th

Tallaght Stadium, Dublin

KO 12:00

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