Republic of Ireland 4 - 0 Serbia | 2019 - UEFA Under-19 Championship | 2025812

UEFA Women's Under-19 ChampionshipElite Round | Campo Municipal de A Lomba, Villagarcia de Arousa
6 April 2019 - 13:00 (local time)

Republic of Ireland 4 - 0 Serbia

Ruddy(21) Brady(58, 90+ 2) Mackey(83) Full-time
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Ireland WU19: Brady double helps defeat Serbia

Republic of Ireland Women's Under-19s continued their fine form in the UEFA Women's European Under-19 Championship Elite Round with a 4-0 win over Serbia in Spain.
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6th Apr 2019

Ireland broke the deadlock after 20-minutes. Midfielder Tiegan Ruddy (above, left) won the ball in midfield, and found herself in loads of space to score from 25-yards out. Her shot flew into the bottom-left corner, easily beating Sara Cetinja.

Serbia were unlucky not to equalise five-minutes later. Lana Colic’s shot hit the crossbar, and dropped into the six-yard box. After a goalmouth scramble, both Roisin McGovern and Sadhbh Doyle helped clear the ball.

Striker Kelly Brady (above, centre) was introduced at half-time and the substitution paid off when the striker doubled Ireland’s lead just before the hour-mark. Brady’s pace caused too much trouble for the Serbian defence, and she did brilliantly to finish a pass from Alannah McEvoy.

The three points were wrapped up in the final ten minutes when Megan Mackey’s (above, right) shot from outside the box flew into the top corner. The icing on the cake, came in added time when Brady scored her second to cap off a fine day.

Speaking after the game, Head Coach Dave Connell was delighted with how the side performed, especially in the second-half.

“It was a great win. The first-half was very even, and we got a lovely goal that settled us. I thought our performance in the second-half was probably the best we ever played. Really, really brilliant. It sets us up nicely.”

The team go into Tuesday’s game against Spain in a strong position, and a draw may be enough to send the team to the Finals this July in Scotland.

Connell knows that they will have their work cut out against the reigning European champions.

“Spain are very good. We set out at the start, that we wanted a finale against Spain. I think we can beat them. The girls do too."

Republic of Ireland: Rachael Kelly, Rachel Kelly, Roisin McGovern, Sadhbh Doyle, Lucia Lobato (Katie Burdis 88); Tiegan Ruddy (Sinead Donovan 64), Megan Mackey (capt), Niamh Reynolds (Chloe Singleton 64); Heather Payne, Carla McManus (Kelly Brady 46), Alannah McEvoy (Keelin McEntee 88)

Serbia: Sara Cetinja; Andjela Krstic, Jovana Miladinovic, Dunja Mostarac, Andjela Frajtovic (capt); Milica Bulatovic, Ivana, Trbojevic, Emilija Zivkovic (Maja Ciric 56), Sara Savanovic (Biljana Ilic 72); Lana Colic, Nikolina Plavsic

Referee: Graziella Pirriatore (ITA)

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Ireland WU19: Ruddy set for Serbian showdown

Republic of Ireland Women's Under-19 midfielder Tiegan Ruddy was a key player in the Under-17 side that reached the Finals of the 2017 UEFA Women's Under-17 European Championship.
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5th Apr 2019

Ruddy (pictured above) hopes the team can replicate the performance in 2019 and reached the Finals of the UEFA Women's Under-19 European Championship in Scotland.

"It would be amazing to qualify for Scotland. All of the girls are focused on that. We were such a tight group at Under-17 level and we had a real good buzz about the squad. We have that again this year. If we win tomorrow, it sets us up well for the Spanish game."

Ruddy started all three games in the Qualifying Round, scoring two goals, and started in last Wednesday's Elite Round win over Hungary.

The Kildare midfielder hopes that the experience of playing in last year's Elite Round in Cork can help the team this year, with the newcomers to the squad.

"Because I'm one of the senior players, I have more of a responsibility. It's a team effort though. We all have something to offer to the team," she said.

"Winning the Hungary game was key. Last year, we didn't get off to a great start and it set the tone. Everyone is buzzing here after the 4-0 win. We're all set for the next two games."

Ruddy is studying in the United States in Central Connecticut State University, and the standard of football Stateside has seen the midfielder improve her all-round game.

"The game is fast. I'm playing girls that are four-years older than me. It's brought me on physically. I'm stronger now that I ever was," she stated.

Serbia lost their opening Elite Round match 2-0 to Spain and Ruddy expects a tough test on Saturday.

"We played them at Under-17s two years ago in the Elite Round. It was a battle. They look very organised, but we have our own plans ready to counter-act what they'll do."

Head Coach Dave Connell confirmed that there is a clean bill of health in the squad with all 20 players in contention for selection.

The team return to action on Saturday afternoon at 12pm Irish time against Serbia.

Republic of Ireland Women's Under-19 squad
Goalkeepers: Erica Turner (DLR Waves), Rachael Kelly (Shelbourne)
Defenders: Sadhbh Doyle (Galway WFC), Roisin McGovern (DLR Waves), Rachel Baynes (Galway WFC), Aoife Slattery (Wexford Youths), Leah Brady (Galway WFC), Katie Burdis (DLR Waves)
Midfielders: Lucia Lobato (Galway WFC), Megan Mackey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Chloe Singleton (Galway WFC), Tiegan Ruddy (CCSU), Sinead Donavan (Galway WFC)
Forwards: Alannah McEvoy (Shelbourne), Carla McManus (Kilkenny United), Kelly Brady (World Class), Heather Payne (Bristol City), Niamh Reynolds (Reading) Michelle O'Driscoll (Daytona State University), Keelin McEntee (DLR Waves)

UEFA Women's Under-19 European Championship - Elite Round
03/04 - Hungary 0-4 Republic of Ireland
06/04 - Republic of Ireland v Serbia, Campo Municipal de A Lomb,. KO 13:00 (12:00 Irish time)
09/04 - Republic of Ireland v Spain, San Lázaro, Santiago de Compostela, KO 18:30 (17:30 Irish time)

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Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

16 Kelly (G) 2 Baynes 4 McGovern 5 Doyle 8 Ruddy 9 McEvoy 10 Mackey (C) 11 Payne 13 Lobato 14 Reynolds 15 McManus

Serbia

1 Cetinja (G) 3 Krstić 5 Miladinović 6 Mostarac 7 Plavšić 8 Savanović 9 Bulatović 10 Trbojević 11 Frajtović (C) 17 Zivkovic 21 Čolić

Substitutes

  • 12 Jovana Petrović (G)
  • 2 Nikolina Batinić
  • 4 Dušica Petrović
  • 14 Biljana Ilić
  • 15 Maja Ćirić
  • 16 Olja Ivanović
  • 18 Marija Đurović
  • 19 Andrijana Pejčić
  • 20 Helena Host

Officials

  • Referee Graziella Pirriatore
  • Assistant Referee Veronica Vettorel
  • Assistant Referee Eliana Fernández González
  • 4th Referee Elena Casal Fernández
  • Uefa Delegate Tkach Ilona
  • Referee Observer Galina Doneva

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 4" Rachel Baynes (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Andjela Frajtović (Serbia).
  • 4" Ivana Trbojević (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 4" Milica Bulatović (Serbia) misses the target.
  • 11" Heather Payne (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Andjela Krstić (Serbia).
  • 11" Andjela Frajtović (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 13" Alannah McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 13" Ivana Trbojević (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 14" Nikolina Plavšić (Serbia) misses the target.
  • 17" Heather Payne (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Andjela Krstić (Serbia).
  • 17" Ivana Trbojević (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 19" Alannah McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 20" Lucia Lobato (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 21" Tiegan Ruddy (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 23" Lana Čolić (Serbia) is flagged for offside.
  • 24" Rachael Kelly (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 25" Lana Čolić (Serbia) misses the target.
  • 25" Lana Čolić (Serbia) has an attempt on goal.
  • 25" Rachael Kelly (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 30" Alannah McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 31" Heather Payne (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jovana Miladinović (Serbia).
  • 32" Jovana Miladinović (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 33" Alannah McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 38" Megan Mackey (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 38" Sara Cetinja (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 40" Heather Payne (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 40" Sara Cetinja (Serbia) blocks a shot.
  • 43" Megan Mackey (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Nikolina Plavšić (Serbia).
  • 44" Andjela Frajtović (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 44" Andjela Frajtović (Serbia) has an effort on goal.
  • 44" Rachael Kelly (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 45" Andjela Krstić (Serbia) misses the target.
  • 45+1" Alannah McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 45+1" Jovana Miladinović (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 46" Kelly Brady (in) - Carla McManus (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 46" Milica Bulatović (Serbia) has an effort on goal.
  • 46" Rachael Kelly (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 48" Heather Payne (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Dunja Mostarac (Serbia).
  • 48" Ivana Trbojević (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 49" Lana Čolić (Serbia) has a shot blocked.
  • 49" Emilija Zivkovic (Serbia) has an effort on goal.
  • 49" Rachael Kelly (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 50" Kelly Brady (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 50" Ivana Trbojević (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 53" Milica Bulatović (Serbia) is penalised for a foul on Niamh Reynolds (Republic of Ireland).
  • 53" Milica Bulatović (Serbia) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 54" Tiegan Ruddy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 55" Alannah McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 56" Maja Ćirić (in) - Emilija Zivkovic (out) (Serbia)
  • 57" Megan Mackey (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Sara Savanović (Serbia).
  • 57" Ivana Trbojević (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 58" Lucia Lobato (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 58" Jovana Miladinović (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 58" Kelly Brady (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 60" Tiegan Ruddy (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Nikolina Plavšić (Serbia).
  • 61" Dunja Mostarac (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • 63" Heather Payne (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 64" Chloe Singleton (in) - Niamh Reynolds (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 64" Sinead Donovan (in) - Tiegan Ruddy (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 67" Heather Payne (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 67" Alannah McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 67" Megan Mackey (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 68" Megan Mackey (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 68" Sara Cetinja (Serbia) blocks a shot.
  • 69" Alannah McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 70" Ivana Trbojević (Serbia) misses the target.
  • 72" Biljana Ilić (in) - Sara Savanović (out) (Serbia)
  • 74" Heather Payne (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 74" Sara Cetinja (Serbia) blocks a shot.
  • 74" Kelly Brady (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 75" Alannah McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 75" Alannah McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 78" Heather Payne (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 78" Sara Cetinja (Serbia) blocks a shot.
  • 79" Alannah McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 79" Alannah McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 80" Kelly Brady (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 80" Alannah McEvoy (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 82" Kelly Brady (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 83" Megan Mackey (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 87" Sinead Donovan (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 88" Katie Burdis (in) - Lucia Lobato (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 88" Keelin Mcentee (in) - Alannah McEvoy (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 90" Ivana Trbojević (Serbia) is shown a yellow card.
  • 90+2" Kelly Brady (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 90+4" Heather Payne (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 90+5" Jovana Miladinović (Serbia) takes the free-kick.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Serbia

Corners Won

9 0

Shots on Target

8 4

Shots off Target

7 5

Fouls Committed

12 1
  • Republic of Ireland

    Serbia

  • 4Goals0
  • 0Yellow Card(s)2
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 8Shots on Goal4
  • 7Shots Wide5
  • 3Shot(s) Blocked1
  • 4Save(s)4
  • 18Total Shots10
  • 12Fouls Committed1
  • 9Corner(s)0
  • 2Offside(s)1