Ireland Women’s U16’s finish tournament with a win over Wales

Ireland Women’s U16’s finish tournament with a win over Wales

Ireland Women’s U16’s finish tournament with a win over Wales Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland  Friday, May 10, 2013 The Republic of Ireland today (Friday) finished their UEFA Women’s under 16 development tournament with a well deserved win over Wales.
10th May 2013

Ireland Women’s U16’s finish tournament with a win over Wales

 

Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland  

Friday, May 10, 2013

 

The Republic of Ireland today (Friday) finished their UEFA Women’s under 16 development tournament with a well deserved win over Wales.

Frank Cooke Park played venue during a wet and windy morning as Ireland were placed assigned as the away team for the fixture, with an 11am kickoff. The game began with a lot of possession being played in centre midfield. Both teams looking very comfortable on the ball and keeping possession well.

Ireland’s first real goal threat came after four minutes from a corner which was won by great attacking play by Evelyn Daly. A second attempt followed two minutes later when Meagan Lynch shot her corner kick high into the Welsh box, but was swiftly cleared by Welsh number 6 Lily Stephens. The resulting corner was swung in and met by Jessica Gargan, who's header went wide.

Wales responded on the counter attack with an attempt on goal by Lois Regan, which was ably saved by Irish goalkeeper Amanda McQuillan.

Ireland, looking very dangerous in attack, were then awarded another corner taken by number 10, Meagan Connolly, who has been outstanding for the girls in green this week. The cross then connected with Savannah McCarthy, who narrowly headed the ball wide.

The twelfth minute was golden for Ireland when they were awarded with a great goal from Roma McLaughlin, who headed the ball into the Welsh net after a great corner from Meagan Connolly to give Ireland a 0-1 lead.

Ireland's Evelyn Daly proved a threat to Wales each time she got on the ball attacking them at every opportunity. The Welsh back line was very organised with the centre half Fiona Dodge looking very solid.

In the 29th minute the Welsh broke again with McQuillan pulling off another great save. The first half came to an end from a shot from Ireland's Evelyn Daly, which just passed the post wide. Half-time score Wales 0-1 Ireland

Wales began the second half very well, attacking Ireland at every opportunity. In this half Wales had the advantage of a strong wind which had big factor in the balls direction. Wales were creating many chances, which were broken down well by the two Irish centre halves, Roma McLaughlin and Savannah McCarthy.

It wasn't too long before Wales had their first clear chance on goal falling to Kelsey Davies, who just struck it wide. The games conditions grew worse, but didn’t affect the quality of play from both teams. It was a slow start but Ireland finally grew into the game creating chances which were well defended by Welsh centre halves Fiona Dodge and Claudia Meyrick. The best chance of the second half fell to Ireland where they cannoned a corner off the crossbar from a header.

Ireland kept composure however, despite taking a few minutes to compose themselves when the back four were re-arranged after the departure of Keeva Keenan and Meagan Lynch in the 54th minute. Ireland didn’t concede as the game drew to a close, and were unlucky not to alter the score board again in the 78th minute when a scramble in front of goal resulted in a header from Eleanor Stafford going narrowly wide and injuring Welsh number 13 Claudia Meyrick in the process.

Final Score Wales 0-1 Ireland.

Ireland therefore finished in third place in the tournament, with Belgium as overall winners after beating the Czech Republic 2-1 on penalties after a 0-0 finish in Home Farm FC this afternoon.

The women’s tournament now draws to a close with the boys tournament commencing on Sunday with Ireland facing Germany in Shanowen Road at 11am.

Republic of Ireland: Amanda McQuillan, Jamie Finn, Savannah McCarthy, Roma McLoughlin, Meagan Lynch (Jenny Clifford 54 mins), Keeva Keenan (Erin Best 54 mins), Hayley Nolan (Sarah Jane McDonald 75 mins), Meagan Connolly, Jessica Gargan (Eleanor Ryan Doyle 75 mins), Sarah Connolly (Eleanor Stafford 66 mins), Evelyn Daly (Sarah McKevitt 66 mins)

Wales: Charlotte Edmunds (Kathryn Brown 41 mins), Mollie Jones, Kylie Nolan (Claudia Meyrick 65 mins), Fiona Dodge, Lowri Ridings, Lily Stephens (Delyth Williams 54 mins), Lois Regan (Rebecca Pritchard 65 mins), Charlie Estcourt, Sarah Saunders (Chloe Jones 36 mins- replaced by Niamh Tinman 54 mins), Laura Mitchell, Kelsie Davies