Wales 0 - 2 Republic of Ireland | 2016 - Women's Under-16 Friendlies | 999942701

Under-16 Women's Friendlies Women's U16 Friendly International | Dragon Park, Newport, Wales
Friday, April 8, 2016

Wales 0 - 2 Republic of Ireland

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Ireland WU16s record impressive victory in Wales

THE Republic of Ireland Women's U16 side recorded an impressive victory over the Welsh U17 side at Dragon Park, Newport, tonight.
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8th Apr 2016

Irish coach Sharon Boyle was delighted with her side who produced an excellent display against a side a year older.

After a tight first half, Heather Payne opened the scoring for Ireland three minutes into the second half when she cut in from the left and fired in a strike that the Welsh keeper failed to hold.

Emma Lawlor showed great pace to add Ireland's second goal in the 62nd minute as she raced through to slot past the advancing keeper.

Ireland went on to produce a dominant second half display with their defence holding firm to deny wales any significant clear cut chances.

The sides will meet again on Sunday afternoon.

"We did very well. Every player did their job and we were delighted with them. They did the work we asked them to do," said Boyle.

"We played the ball around very well. Megan Mackey our captain was a true leader and Tiegan Ruddy was also phenomenal at centre-back.

"The girls stood up really well against a strong side and particularly when you consider that they were giving away a year. We'll look to recover and see how we are for Sunday's game."

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Erica Turner, Harriet Lambe, Sadbh Doyle, Tiegan Ruddy, Tara Mannix, Heather Payne, Megan Mackey, Gillian Keenan, Aoife Fennell, Tara Cully, Carla McManus.

Subs: Lauryn Grier for Fennell, Aoife Lynagh for Ruddy, Sophie O’Donoghue for Mannix, Emma Lawlor for Cully, Hannah O’Donoghue for McManus, Rachel Baynes for Keenan, Doireann Fahey for Payne, Bethany Carroll for Lambe.

Ireland WU16s set for Welsh challenge

THE Republic of Ireland Women's U16 side will continue their development this weekend when they face two testing encounters in Wales.
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7th Apr 2016

Sharon Boyle's side are preparing for the UEFA Development Tournament in Hungary next month so these fixtures in Dragon Park, Newport, will prove very useful to their progress.

The UEFA Development tournament will see the Irish meet hosts Hungary, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Slovalkia.

"The focus is on the May development tournament in May so we're preparing for this and then looking to help to prepare for the next step to U17s next season," said Boyle.

"We welcome back Tegan Ruddy, Heather Payne and Sadbh Doyle from the U17s where they had a good campaign in the UEFA Qualifiers.

"You can see the influence that those three have brought to the group and the levels have improved in the sessions and hopefully it'll show in the games.

"We'll expect two very tough tests for the girls against Wales. For many of them it's their first time away trip as a group so naturally there's a lot of nerves but they'll benefit from the experience.

"Two of the girls Aoife Lynagh and Doireann Fahey played with the Irish Schools last week and did very well so we'll monitor their progress this weekend.

"We lost two players, Tyler Toland from Maiden City and Amy Boyle Carr from Donegal Town, both out with tonsillitis so that was unfortunate but it gives an opportunity for other players to show what they can do."


Carla McManus (Bealnamualla FC)

Harriet Lambe (Bristol City Academy)

Megan Mackey (Chelsea Ladies FC)

Gillian Keenan (Emo Celtic FC)

Emma Lawlor (Emo Celtic FC)

Lauryn Grier (Kentstown Rovers FC)

Hannah O’Donoghue (Killarney Celtic FC)

Rachel Baynes (Castlebar Celtic)

Tiegan Ruddy (Peamount United FC)

Doireann Fahey (Peamount United FC)

Keelin McEntee (Peamount United FC)

Niamh Coombes (Peamount United FC)

Bethany Carroll (Piltown AFC)

Tara Mannix (Regional United FC)

Sadbh Doyle (Salthill Devon WFC)

Aoife Lynagh (Salthill Devon WFC)

Heather Payne (Salthill Devon WFC)

Erica Turner (Shelbourne LFC)

Aoife Fennell (Shelbourne LFC)

Sophie O’Donoghue (Shelbourne LFC)

Tara Cully (Shelbourne LFC)


Women's U16 International Friendlies

Friday, April 8

Wales v Republic of Ireland, Dragon Park, Newport (7.30pm)

Sunday, April 10

Wales v Republic of Ireland, Dragon Park, Newport (12.30pm)