Republic of Ireland 1 - 1 Austria | 2018 - Womens Under 19 | 2023432

UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship | Turner's Cross, Cork
02 April 2018 - 15:00

Republic of Ireland 1 - 1 Austria

Noonan(48) full-time Schneider(21)
Republic of Ireland Austria

REPORT: Noonan on target in draw with Austria

The Republic of Ireland Women's Under-19s were held in the opening fixture of the UEFA European Women’s Under-19 Championship Elite Round as they drew 1-1 with Austria at Turner’s Cross in Cork on Monday afternoon.
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2nd Apr 2018

Saoirse Noonan’s towering header at the beginning of the second half cancelled out a stunning finish from Austria’s Johanna Schneider and was enough to see Ireland begin life in Group 4 with a point.

Austria began the game the better side and they twice went close to grabbing the lead early on but both Johanna Schneider and Laura Krumbock failed to trouble goalkeeper Naoisha McAloon.

Ireland threatened to grab an opener in the 20th minute but after forcing a succession of corners, Shelbourne Ladies midfielder Tiegan Ruddy drove her effort well over the target.

And almost immediately following Ireland’s best spell in the match, Austria charged up the other end and broke the deadlock with Schneider finding the far bottom left corner with a superb lob from the edge of the box.

Austria finished the half strongly but they were punished for not taking their opportunities at the beginning of the second 45 as Noonan levelled terms, powering her header home at the back post from a corner shortly after the restart.

Both sides pressed for a winner and Lauryn O’Callaghan went closest for Ireland late on but after being played in by Noonan, the defender’s thunderous shot was saved by goalkeeper Milena Zink.

Next up for the U-19’s is a tough fixture against Spain at Turner’s Cross on Thursday evening.

Ireland Head Coach Dave Connell said: "First half we showed a little bit of nervousness and probably Austria shaded it without really dominating it. They caught us on the break for our own set-play so that was disappointing.

"We re-grouped at half-time, had a good chat and changed the formation slightly and I thought we dominated the second half which shows great testament to the character of the girls. Overall, we're a little bit disappointed we didn't win but we'll settle for the draw and it keeps us in the group.

"I think the character the team showed and the belief that's in the squad is something they can take into the next game."

Republic of Ireland: Naoisha McAloon; Lynn Craven, Niamh Farrelly, Sadhbh Doyle, Chloe Singleton; Alex Kavanagh, Tiegan Ruddy, Saoirse Noonan; Megan Mackey (Orla Casey 89), Alannah McEvoy (Naima Chemaou 57), Sinead Donovan (Lauryn O’Callaghan 57).

Austria: Milena Zink; Laura Wienroither, Magdalena Bachler, Laura Krumbock (Maileen Mossner 59), Yvonne Weilharter; Besijana Pireci, Melanie Brunnthaler, Lena Kovar, Katharina Fellhofer; Julia Mak, Johanna Schneider (Jana Scharnbock 66).

Referee: Justina Lavrenovaite (Lithuania).

WU19: Connell's squad ready for Austria test

Qualification for this summer's UEFA European Championships in Switzerland is the aim for the Republic of Ireland Women's Under-19s as they kick off the first of three qualifying games on Monday.
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1st Apr 2018

The talented squad will take on Austria in Turner's Cross at 15:00 to set in motion what Head Coach Dave Connell hopes will a successful start to the final leg of qualifying for this year's tournament.

Connell does not have any injury concerns, which makes his job even more difficult to select a starting line-up from a roster made up of players who have impressed in the Emerging Talent Programme, Fota Island Resort Gaynor Tournament, and Continental Tyres Women's National League.

One of those to stand out has been Cork City WFC playmaker Saoirse Noonan. The fleet-footed attacker was part of Connell's U-17 squad that reached the European Finals in Iceland in 2015 and now wants to lead the U19s all the way.

Noonan - who appeared in the Club & Country video series - believes home advantage could be a key factor as each of Ireland's games against Austria, Turkey and Spain are in Cork. But they need to get off to a good start.

"I think it's every girl's dream to go to the finals and it's motivating the players that haven't been there to get there and experience that. That's where we want to be," Noonan told FAI TV.

"It's three tough teams. We went over and played Turkey two years ago and beat them 3-0 but I think they are going to be tough. Spain are the reigning champions so they are going to be our biggest task but we're going to focus on our first game and that's what's on our minds now.

"People in Cork always support soccer. Hopefully we can get a good crowd out and they can all come support us and put us through to the end."

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Republic of Ireland WU19 Squad
Goalkeepers: Naoisha McAloon (Peamount United), Erica Turner (UCD Waves)
Defenders: Niamh Farrelly, Lauryn O’Callaghan (Peamount United), Danielle Burke (Cork City), Sadbh Doyle (Galway WFC), Tiegan Ruddy (Shelbourne Ladies)
Midfielders: Chloe Singleton, Sinead Donavon (Galway WFC), Alex Kavanagh, Lynn Craven (Shelbourne Ladies), Megan Mackey (Chelsea), Phobhe Warner (Aston Villa), Orla Casey (Wexford Youths WFC)
Forwards: Saoirse Noonan (Cork City WFC), Aoife Thompson, Lucia Lobato (Galway WFC), Kate Mooney, Alannah McEvoy (Shelbourne Ladies), Naima Chemaou (UCD Waves)

2017/18 UEFA Women's Under-19 European Championships Elite Round Fixtures
April 2: Republic of Ireland v Austria, Turners Cross, 15:00
April 5: Spain v Republic of Ireland, Turners Cross, 19:00
April 8: Turkey v Republic of Ireland, Turners Cross, 14:00 

Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

1 McAloon (G) 3 Craven 4 Farrelly (C) 5 Doyle 6 Singleton 7 Kavanagh 8 Ruddy 9 Noonan 10 Mackey 11 McEvoy 12 Donovan

Coach

David Connell

Austria

1 Zink (G) 4 Wienroither (C) 7 Bachler 8 Krumböck 10 Weilharter 11 Pireci 13 Brunnthaler 14 Kovar 15 Fellhofer 16 Mak 18 Schneider

Substitutes

  • 21 Vanessa Kuttner (G)
  • 2 Jasmin Fiebiger
  • 5 Stefanie Schneeberger
  • 6 Maileen Mössner
  • 9 Carina Widauer
  • 12 Chiara Schaub
  • 17 Jana Sachs
  • 19 Jana Scharnböck
  • 20 Miriam Grgic

Coach

Michael Steiner

Officials

  • Referee Justina Lavrenovaite
  • Assistant Referees Irina Pozdejeva
  • UEFA Delegate Ewa Gajewska
  • Assistant Referee Two Elena Alistratova
  • Fourth Official Elvira Nurmustafina

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • 1" The match is under way.
  • 2" Magdalena Bachler (Austria) takes the corner.
  • 4" Niamh Farrelly (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Besijana Pireci (Austria).
  • 5" Magdalena Bachler (Austria) takes the free-kick.
  • 7" Chloe Singleton (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Melanie Brunnthaler (Austria).
  • 7" Megan Mackey (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Magdalena Bachler (Austria).
  • 8" Saoirse Noonan (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Yvonne Weilharter (Austria).
  • 10" Magdalena Bachler (Austria) takes the corner.
  • 10" Laura Wienroither (Austria) misses the target.
  • 12" Melanie Brunnthaler (Austria) has an effort on goal.
  • 12" Naoisha McAloon (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 16" Lena Kovar (Austria) misses the target.
  • 20" Alex Kavanagh (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 20" Alex Kavanagh (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 20" Tiegan Ruddy (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 21" Johanna Schneider (Austria) scores!
  • 21" Besijana Pireci (Austria) assists.
  • 22" Lena Kovar (Austria) is penalised for a foul on Lynn Craven (Republic of Ireland).
  • 23" Megan Mackey (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 23" Magdalena Bachler (Austria) is penalised for a foul on Chloe Singleton (Republic of Ireland).
  • 23" Tiegan Ruddy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 23" Saoirse Noonan (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 27" Julia Mak (Austria) is penalised for a foul on Saoirse Noonan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 27" Alex Kavanagh (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 29" Saoirse Noonan (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 29" Alannah McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Laura Wienroither (Austria).
  • 31" Magdalena Bachler (Austria) takes the corner.
  • 31" Laura Wienroither (Austria) misses the target.
  • 31" Besijana Pireci (Austria) is penalised for a foul on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 34" Laura Krumböck (Austria) is penalised for a foul on Alex Kavanagh (Republic of Ireland).
  • 35" Julia Mak (Austria) has a shot blocked.
  • 35" Magdalena Bachler (Austria) is penalised for a foul on Sinead Donovan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 36" Laura Krumböck (Austria) misses the target.
  • 38" Magdalena Bachler (Austria) has an effort on goal.
  • 38" Naoisha McAloon (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 38" Yvonne Weilharter (Austria) is penalised for a foul on Saoirse Noonan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 39" Yvonne Weilharter (Austria) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 39" Alex Kavanagh (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 41" Magdalena Bachler (Austria) has an effort on goal.
  • 41" Naoisha McAloon (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 42" Besijana Pireci (Austria) has an effort on goal.
  • 42" Naoisha McAloon (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 45" Alex Kavanagh (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • 46" The second half begins.
  • 47" Melanie Brunnthaler (Austria) is penalised for a foul on Saoirse Noonan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 47" Alex Kavanagh (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 47" Saoirse Noonan (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 47" Milena Zink (Austria) blocks a shot.
  • 48" Alex Kavanagh (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 48" Saoirse Noonan (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 48" Alex Kavanagh (Republic of Ireland) assists.
  • 49" Laura Krumböck (Austria) has a shot blocked.
  • 49" Magdalena Bachler (Austria) takes the corner.
  • 51" Alannah McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Melanie Brunnthaler (Austria).
  • 51" Alannah McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 51" Melanie Brunnthaler (Austria) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 52" Magdalena Bachler (Austria) takes the free-kick.
  • 53" Lynn Craven (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Laura Wienroither (Austria).
  • 54" Saoirse Noonan (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Katharina Fellhofer (Austria).
  • 56" Alex Kavanagh (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Katharina Fellhofer (Austria).
  • 56" Laura Wienroither (Austria) takes the free-kick.
  • 56" Laura Krumböck (Austria) has a shot blocked.
  • 57" Naima Chemaou (in) - Alannah McEvoy (out) (@@teamID)
  • 57" Lauryn O'Callaghan (in) - Sinead Donovan (out) (@@teamID)
  • 58" Magdalena Bachler (Austria) takes the corner.
  • 59" Maileen Mössner (in) - Laura Krumböck (out) (@@teamID)
  • 61" Yvonne Weilharter (Austria) has an effort on goal.
  • 61" Naoisha McAloon (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 62" Saoirse Noonan (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Melanie Brunnthaler (Austria).
  • 65" Laura Wienroither (Austria) has an effort on goal.
  • 65" Naoisha McAloon (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 66" Jana Scharnböck (in) - Johanna Schneider (out) (@@teamID)
  • 67" Saoirse Noonan (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 70" Alex Kavanagh (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 72" Tiegan Ruddy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Melanie Brunnthaler (Austria).
  • 73" Magdalena Bachler (Austria) takes the free-kick.
  • 73" Yvonne Weilharter (Austria) misses the target.
  • 75" Katharina Fellhofer (Austria) is penalised for a foul on Sadhbh Doyle (Republic of Ireland).
  • 76" Katharina Fellhofer (Austria) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 76" Alex Kavanagh (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 76" Tiegan Ruddy (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 79" Besijana Pireci (Austria) misses the target.
  • 80" Lena Kovar (Austria) is penalised for a foul on Naima Chemaou (Republic of Ireland).
  • 83" Jana Scharnböck (Austria) has an effort on goal.
  • 83" Naoisha McAloon (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 84" Niamh Farrelly (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Besijana Pireci (Austria).
  • 84" Yvonne Weilharter (Austria) has an effort on goal.
  • 84" Naoisha McAloon (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 85" Naima Chemaou (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 85" Lauryn O'Callaghan (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 85" Milena Zink (Austria) blocks a shot.
  • 87" Sadhbh Doyle (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Laura Wienroither (Austria).
  • 87" Lauryn O'Callaghan (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Julia Mak (Austria).
  • 88" Lauryn O'Callaghan (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 89" Magdalena Bachler (Austria) takes the free-kick.
  • 89" Orla Casey (in) - Megan Mackey (out) (@@teamID)
  • 90+1" Chloe Singleton (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Maileen Mössner (Austria).
  • 90+3" Laura Wienroither (Austria) has an effort on goal.
  • 90+3" Naoisha McAloon (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 90+4" Jana Scharnböck (Austria) is penalised for a foul on Saoirse Noonan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 90+4" Alex Kavanagh (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Austria

Corners Won

4 5

Shots on Target

3 10

Shots off Target

5 6

Fouls Committed

15 11
  • Republic of Ireland

    Austria

  • 1Goals1
  • 2Yellow Card(s)3
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 3Shots on Goal10
  • 5Shots Wide6
  • 2Shot(s) Blocked3
  • 9Save(s)2
  • 10Total Shots19
  • 15Fouls Committed11
  • 4Corner(s)5
  • 1Offside(s)0