Belgium 5 - 1 Republic of Ireland | 2019 - Womens Under 17 | 999945651

Under-17 Women's Friendlies International Friendly, Belgium
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Belgium 5 - 1 Republic of Ireland

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Ireland WU17: Belgium double-header ends in defeat

The Republic of Women’s Under-17 squad completed a double-header of international friendly games against Belgium with a 5-1 defeat on Wednesday morning.
Ireland WU17 in Belgium
14th Aug 2019

It was the first outing for the new squad who are preparing for the qualifying round of the UEFA Women's Under-17 Championships in October. 

The games were also the first under new Head Coach James Scott who was appointed to the role in late July.

This morning’s fixture followed Sunday’s game against Belgium which ended 6-2 to the hosts. Erin McLaughlin scored the goal for Ireland today, when Belgium were leading just 1-0. 

However, in a nine-minute period before and after half-time, Belgium scored four to make it 5-1 in the 55th minute. 

Speaking after the game, Scott said that the result was not a good reflection of the majority of the game. 

He said: “We were excellent in the first half and it was a bit of a sucker punch for us when they scored just before half time. It was 2-1 at that stage and the players’ work rate was excellent and they were implementing the game plan well. 

“There really was just three or four minutes in the game that decided it, but after that difficult period the players did well to maintain their composure and we were unlucky not to score again ourselves.” 

And Scott added that the squad will take a lot from the tie, as they seek to learn and develop as a team. 

He said: “Throughout the week the players were top class. The way they handled themselves, their training, everything was excellent. I found them a credit to their clubs and their families. The two results were tough, but it was a good week and we will review it when we get back and use what we’ve learned ahead of the qualifiers. Belgium were excellent too, so we need to take that into account.” 

Republic of Ireland: Rugile Auskalnyte (Leah Coen Hayes 50’), Della Doherty, Sarah Kiernan, Aoibheann Clancy, Erin McLaughlin (Chloe McCarthy 75’), Ellen Molloy (Annie Gough 55’), Jodie McQuillan (Kate Slevin 50’), Emer O’Neill (Kerryanne Brown 50’), Zoe Leonard (Hazel Cawley 75’), Muireann Devaney, Rebecca Watkins. 

Rugile Auskalnyte (Bohemians), Leah Coen Hayes (Cork City)

Defenders: Annie Gough (Galway WFC), Chloe Smullen (Peamount United), Jodie McQuillan (Shelbourne), Chloe McCarthy (Shelbourne), Sarah Kiernan (Sligo Rovers), Emer O’Neill (Sligo Rovers)

Midfielders: Kate Slevin (Galway WFC), Aoibheann Clancy (Limerick FC), Della Doherty (Peamount United), Ella Maree (Shelbourne), Muireann Devaney (Sligo Rovers), Ellen Molloy (Thomastown United) 

Forwards: Aoife Horgan (Limerick FC), Rebecca Watkins (Peamount United), Hazel Cawley (Peamount United), Zoe Leonard (Shelbourne), Erin McLoughlin (Sea Rovers), Kerryanne Brown (Sion Swifts) 

August 11: Belgium 6-2 Republic of Ireland
August 14: Belgium 5-1 Republic of Ireland