Portugal 0 - 4 Republic of Ireland | 2017 - Women's Under 19 Friendlies | 999943335

Under-19 Women's Friendlies , Portugal
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Portugal 0 - 4 Republic of Ireland

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Video: Comprehensive win for Ireland Women's Under 19's

Two goals in either half capped off a stunning performance from the Republic of Ireland Women’s Under-19’s as they defeated Portugal Women’s Under-19’s 4-0 this afternoon.
17th Jan 2017

Following a tight opening period, the Girls in Green finally broke the deadlock in the 27th minute. Leanne Kiernan, who was named the Continental Tyres Women’s National League Young Player of the Year last week,  latched on to a sublime through ball from Roma McLaughlin to finish into the far corner of the net.

It was Kiernan again who doubled Ireland’s advantage on the stroke of half time, finishing on the rebound after Alex Kavanagh’s initial shot was parried by the Portugeuse goalkeeper, Ines Pereira.

Ireland had to wait until the 82nd minute to add to their tally. An inviting free kick from wide on the left, whipped in by Tiegan Ruddy, was met at the back post by a brilliant header from Chloe Moloney.

There was still time for a relentless Ireland to find a fourth as Dearbhaile Beirne’s cool finish gave the Girls in Green the perfect ending to a clinical display.

Speaking after the game, Head Coach Dave Connell was delighted with what he saw from his side. ‘We picked up where we left off in the qualifying round with a very good performance. We played some fantastic football and could have scored more.’

‘We looked solid at the back, the midfield linked the play excellently, and we have a lot of players that can score goals, so it was as good as a performance as we have put in in a long time,’ Connell concluded.

Next up for the Women’s Under-19 side is a clash with the Netherlands on Thursday.

Republic of Ireland: Amanda McQuillan (GK) (McAloon 70), Jamie Finn © (Ruddy 45), Niamh Farrelly (Donnelly 70), Chloe Moloney, Niamh Prior, Jess Nolan (Payne 45), Alex Kavanagh (Daly 60), Lucy McCartan (Craven 45), Roma McLaughlin (Watters 70), Leanne Kiernan (Beirne 60), Saoirse Noonan (Ryan Doyle 60). 

Substitutes: Naoisha McAloon (GK), Fiona Donnelly, Sophie Watters, Evelyn Daly, Lynn Craven, Dearbhaile Beirne, Eleanor Ryan Doyle, Tiegan Ruddy, Heather Payne.

Portugal: Ines Pereira (GK), Ana Rute Rodrigues, Bruna Costa, Barbara Marques, Diana Gomes, Catarina Amado, Leandra Pereira, Neuza Besugo, Josephine Monteiro, , Tania Rodrigues, Carolina Rocha.

Substitutes: Ana Rita Oliveira, Ines Salvador, Daniela Silva, Nicole Nunes, Ines Maia, Sofia Borges, Constanca Silva, Beatriz Fonseca, Joanna Seca, Catarina Carmo, Ana Rita Soares, Joana Santos. 

IRLWU19 set for Portugal challenge

Dave Connell’s Republic of Ireland Women’s Under 19 side commence their preparations for April’s European Championships Elite Phase with two games in Portugal this week.
16th Jan 2017

First up for the Girls in Green is a game against Portugal on Tuesday, with a clash with the Netherlands to come later in the week.

The chance to play two sides who will also be in Elite Phase action is the perfect preparation and an opportunity Connell says he couldn’t let slip by.

‘It’s the first time we’ve had the opportunity to play games against teams of this calibre at this time of the year so it was an opportunity we couldn’t turn down.

‘Portugal and the Netherlands will be ideal preparation for the Elite Phase games in April. They both have a similar style to what we’ll come up against,’ said Connell.

Connell, who is aiming to guide a third different women's team to a UEFA finals tournament, is relishing tomorrow’s challenge, and the chance to fine-tune his squad ahead of the Elite Phase opener against Scotland.

‘Games against Portugal are always close. They are are strong, technical team and it will be a decent test for us,’ he added.

 Playing time for as many of the squad as possible is a priority with two games in close succession, as the Ireland head coach aims to give his players the chance to impress.

‘We are accutely aware it’s just the start of pre-season for the majority of our players, so it will be a good chance for us to use our squad as a whole,’ Connell concluded. 

Portugal WU19 v Republic of Ireland WU19 - Kick-off 2pm.