Poland 0 - 2 Republic of Ireland | 2016 - Womens Under 19 | 2018796

UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship Elite Round | Tallaght Stadium, Dublin
10 April 2016 - 14:00

Poland 0 - 2 Republic of Ireland

full-time H. Nolan(49) Beirne(87)
Poland Republic of Ireland

WU19s finish campaign with a win

The Republic of Ireland Women's Under 19s narrowly missed out on qualifying for the UEFA European Championships despite beating Poland 2-0 on Sunday.
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10th Apr 2016

A strong crowd at Tallaght Stadium cheered on Dave Connell's side as they secured second place in Group 1 thanks to second-half goals from Hayley Nolan and Dearbhaile Beirne.

The margin for qualifying for this summer's finals in Slovakia was so tight that only the group winners and the best runners-up progressed. And for Ireland that proved to be just out of reach.

A narrow 1-0 loss to Germany ultimately spoiled their dream, but Connell could not find a single fault in the three performances against Germany, Azerbaijan and Poland.

"It is incredibly difficult to qualify for European finals, as we know from previous experiences, but this group of girls gave it everything and I'm extremely proud of them," said Connell.

"The girls performed brilliantly and deserved more, but we can look to the future with a lot of positivity because the girls who leave us are capable of going to a higher level and the next batch of girls coming through are very talented too.

"There was nothing in it in the end, even when you look at our bench we had players who could easily have stepped in to the team. This is a special group of players and they have been brilliant since the first day that they came in with us."

Connell didn't have to search hard for superlatives to describe the display against Poland because the crisp passing, tough tackling, and clever movement from his players said it all.

Ireland bossed possession, created the majority of goalscoring opportunities, and looked the more likely to claim the three points from early on. So it was hardly surprising when they took the lead through Nolan.

For the second successive game the Kildare native showed incredible composure to slot in a penalty kick after Rachel Kearns had been fouled inside the area on 49 minutes.

Beirne followed up that goal with a neat close-range finish on 87 minutes to cap off a laudable performance and a second Elite Phase win for Ireland.

Republic of Ireland: McQuillan; Nelson, Keenan, McCarthy, Prior; McCartan, H Nolan, McLaughlin (Finn 70); Kearns (Lynch 88), J Nolan, Beirne.

Poland: Szemik; Wycisk, Wierzbicka (Szafranska 65), Lefeld (Kowalska 70, Ostrowska 90), Ossowska, Mesjasz, Matla, Falborska, Jedrzejewicz, Ciesla, Michalska.

Referee: Eleni Antoninou (GRE).

UEFA Women's Under 19 Elite Phase Qualifiers
Group 1

Germany 1-0 Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland 3-0 Azerbaijan
Republic of Ireland 2-0 Poland

Tactical Lineups

Poland

12 Szemik (G) 3 Wycisk 4 Wierzbicka 5 Lefeld 6 Ossowska 7 Mesjasz 8 Matla 9 Falborska 11 Jędrzejewicz 17 Cieśla (C) 18 Michalska

Substitutes

  • 1 Magda Kołacz (G)
  • 2 Kamila Szafrańska
  • 10 Michalina Kowalska
  • 13 Patrycja Jerzak
  • 14 Karolina Ostrowska
  • 15 Aleksandra Nieciąg
  • 16 Monika Kędzierska

Coach

Marcin Kasprowicz

Republic of Ireland

1 McQuillan (G) 3 Prior 5 McCarthy (C) 7 Keenan 8 McLaughlin 9 Nolan 11 Nolan 12 Mccartan 13 Kearns 15 Beirne 18 Nelson

Coach

David Connell

Officials

  • Referee Eleni Antoniou
  • Assistant Referees Panagiota Koutsoumpou
  • UEFA Delegate Kadri Jägel
  • Assistant Referee Two Danijela Stojanović
  • Fourth Official Ana Minić

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • 1" The match is under way.
  • 2" Karolina Wierzbicka (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Niamh Nelson (Republic of Ireland).
  • 4" Roma McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Julia Wycisk (Poland).
  • 4" Roma McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 6" Rachel Kearns (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Ewa Cieśla (Poland).
  • 8" Marta Ossowska (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Rachel Kearns (Republic of Ireland).
  • 8" Jessica Nolan (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 11" Niamh Prior (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Klaudia Lefeld (Poland).
  • 14" Katarzyna Michalska (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Roma McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland).
  • 14" Dearbhaile Beirne (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 15" Niamh Nelson (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 16" Dearbhaile Beirne (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 17" Jessica Nolan (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Julia Wycisk (Poland).
  • 18" Katarzyna Michalska (Poland) takes the corner.
  • 21" Ewa Cieśla (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Niamh Nelson (Republic of Ireland).
  • 21" Agnieszka Jędrzejewicz (Poland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 22" Patrycja Falborska (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Dearbhaile Beirne (Republic of Ireland).
  • 22" Patrycja Falborska (Poland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 23" Jessica Nolan (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 23" Jessica Nolan (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 23" Kinga Szemik (Poland) blocks a shot.
  • 24" Jessica Nolan (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 24" Kinga Szemik (Poland) blocks a shot.
  • 26" Dearbhaile Beirne (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 27" Savannah McCarthy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Karolina Wierzbicka (Poland).
  • 29" Agnieszka Jędrzejewicz (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Niamh Nelson (Republic of Ireland).
  • 29" Patrycja Falborska (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Roma McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland).
  • 30" Rachel Kearns (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Patrycja Matla (Poland).
  • 30" Rachel Kearns (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 33" Klaudia Lefeld (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Rachel Kearns (Republic of Ireland).
  • 33" Klaudia Lefeld (Poland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 34" Katarzyna Michalska (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Niamh Nelson (Republic of Ireland).
  • 34" Roma McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 35" Niamh Nelson (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 35" Patrycja Matla (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Rachel Kearns (Republic of Ireland).
  • 36" Savannah McCarthy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Katarzyna Michalska (Poland).
  • 36" Roma McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 37" Roma McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 38" Keeva Keenan (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Klaudia Lefeld (Poland).
  • 38" Ewa Cieśla (Poland) takes the free-kick.
  • 38" Ewa Cieśla (Poland) misses the target.
  • 39" Jessica Nolan (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 39" Kinga Szemik (Poland) blocks a shot.
  • 41" Marta Ossowska (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Roma McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland).
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • 46" The second half begins.
  • 48" Ewa Cieśla (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Rachel Kearns (Republic of Ireland).
  • 48" Julia Wycisk (Poland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 49" Hayley Nolan (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 50" Lucy Mccartan (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Agnieszka Jędrzejewicz (Poland).
  • 51" Roma McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 52" Jessica Nolan (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 52" Hayley Nolan (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 52" Kinga Szemik (Poland) blocks a shot.
  • 52" Ewa Cieśla (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Hayley Nolan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 53" Jessica Nolan (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 53" Niamh Nelson (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 53" Kinga Szemik (Poland) blocks a shot.
  • 55" Niamh Prior (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 56" Niamh Prior (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Patrycja Matla (Poland).
  • 60" Savannah McCarthy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Klaudia Lefeld (Poland).
  • 61" Savannah McCarthy (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 61" Marta Ossowska (Poland) is flagged for offside.
  • 65" Kamila Szafrańska (in) - Karolina Wierzbicka (out) (@@teamID)
  • 66" Małgorzata Mesjasz (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Dearbhaile Beirne (Republic of Ireland).
  • 66" Dearbhaile Beirne (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 68" Jessica Nolan (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 69" Agnieszka Jędrzejewicz (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Savannah McCarthy (Republic of Ireland).
  • 69" Rachel Kearns (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 70" Michalina Kowalska (in) - Klaudia Lefeld (out) (@@teamID)
  • 70" Jamie Finn (in) - Roma McLaughlin (out) (@@teamID)
  • 75" Jessica Nolan (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 75" Rachel Kearns (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 75" Jamie Finn (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Patrycja Falborska (Poland).
  • 75" Jamie Finn (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 77" Niamh Prior (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 77" Kinga Szemik (Poland) blocks a shot.
  • 80" Rachel Kearns (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Ewa Cieśla (Poland).
  • 81" Hayley Nolan (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 81" Kinga Szemik (Poland) blocks a shot.
  • 82" Katarzyna Michalska (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Niamh Nelson (Republic of Ireland).
  • 83" Dearbhaile Beirne (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 83" Savannah McCarthy (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 84" Agnieszka Jędrzejewicz (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Keeva Keenan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 85" Katarzyna Michalska (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Lucy Mccartan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 87" Dearbhaile Beirne (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 88" Lucy Mccartan (Republic of Ireland) assists.
  • 88" Megan Lynch (in) - Rachel Kearns (out) (@@teamID)
  • 90" Karolina Ostrowska (in) - Michalina Kowalska (out) (@@teamID)
  • 90+1" Jamie Finn (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Małgorzata Mesjasz (Poland).
  • 90+2" Karolina Ostrowska (Poland) is penalised for a foul on Savannah McCarthy (Republic of Ireland).
  • 90+2" Jamie Finn (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Poland
  • Republic of Ireland

Corners Won

1 5

Shots on Target

0 9

Shots off Target

1 5

Fouls Committed

19 14
  • Poland

    Republic of Ireland

  • 0Goals2
  • 4Yellow Card(s)4
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 0Shots on Goal9
  • 1Shots Wide5
  • 0Shot(s) Blocked3
  • 7Save(s)0
  • 1Total Shots17
  • 19Fouls Committed14
  • 1Corner(s)5
  • 1Offside(s)6