Ireland Women's U16's miss out on penalties to Belgium

Ireland Women's U16's miss out on penalties to Belgium

Ireland Women’s U16’s miss out on penalties to Belgium FT Score: Republic of Ireland 0-0 Belgium Belgium win 4-2 on penaltiesWednesday, May 8, 2013What looked a sunny glorious day in Frank Cooke park in North Dublin, turned to a rain soaked setting for today’s (Wednesday) meeting of the Republic of Ireland Women’s U16s against their Belgian counterparts. The game saw two evenly matched sides play out a goalless, but exciting nil all draw.
8th May 2013

Ireland Women’s U16’s miss out on penalties to Belgium

 

FT Score: Republic of Ireland 0-0 Belgium

 

Belgium win 4-2 on penalties

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

What looked a sunny glorious day in Frank Cooke park in North Dublin, turned to a rain soaked setting for today’s (Wednesday) meeting of the Republic of Ireland Women’s U16s against their Belgian counterparts. The game saw two evenly matched sides play out a goalless, but exciting nil all draw.

Straight after the 5 pm kick-off, Ireland went on the attack with a corner from the left hand side, a fine effort was touched onto the bar by Belgian keeper Ines Fernandez Gonzalez. Gonzalez came to the Belgian’s rescue for a second time in the space of two minutes when she tipped a second attempt from Roma Mclaughlin onto the bar.

Just as it seemed Belgium were getting a hold of the game after 10 minutes, Ireland broke again with Meagan Connolly getting narrowly cut out by Sheryl Merchiurs, from the resulting Czech counter attack. Jamie Finn saved Ireland’s blushes using the wet conditions to make a last ditch tackle on Charlotte Van Ishoven.

The Irish back four showed their defending prowess with Jamie Finn crashing into another challenge winning the ball and leaving Laura Baetens, Belgium’s captain having to pick herself up from the floor.

Ireland’s best chance of the day came around the 20 minute mark with a cross from Roma Mclaughlin straight onto the toe of Jessica Gargan, who had a great opportunity to score but had just strayed offside.

Gonzalez Fernandez again showed just how good she was in a goal mouth fracas, as she made a cat like reflex save to deny Sarah McKevitt from her first international goal. McKevitt’s follow up was just kept out of the net by Sari Hendrick. McKevitt and Sari Hendrick continued to entertain the crowd as they tried to get the better of each other before half-time.

Then finally just before the teams went in for the break Savannah McCarthy came to save Ireland as she made yet another last ditch tackle on Sheryl Merchiurs. However, Ireland would feel the unluckier of the sides at the break.

The second half brought the sun to the ground again, but didn’t decide to bring the action with it. A drab second half brought the first effort on goal in the 65th minute from substitute Sarah Jane McDonald, but gave the keeper no trouble.

Meagan Connolly was the next player to come close, but Ireland’s second shot of the half went wide at the keepers near post. Belgium went straight down the other end to win a corner and bring Ireland’s keepers first action when Brooke Dunne made a fine punch to clear her area.

Ireland had a last gasp effort in stoppage time to win the game, when Roma Mclaughlin had a thunderous strike from outside the box tipped around the post as the game went to penalties.

Belgium were clinical when it came to penalties with Sigrid Bertels, Jana Janssens and Ellen Lagrange putting their shots away nicely. Ireland obviously haven’t had the rub of the green this week as they lost out on their second shootout in successive days with Roma Mclaughlin and Jamie Finn the only Irish players to put their penalties into the net.

Full-time score after penalties, Ireland 2-4 Belgium.

Ireland’s final game versus Wales takes place this Friday at 11am in Frank Cooke Park, with the Czech Republic battling Belgium for first place in the tournament in Whitehall- Home Farm FC at 11am also.

Ireland: Brooke Dunne, Jamie Finn, Savannah McCarthy, Roma McLoughlin, Meagan Lynch, Keeva Keenan, Hayley Nolan (Eleanor Stafford 82 mins), Meagan Connolly, Jessica Gargan, Jenny Clifford (Sarah Jane McDonald 56 mins), Sarah McKevitt (Erin Best 48’ mins)

Belgium: Ines Fernandes Gonzales, Laura Baetens (Jana Janssens 60 mins), Ellen Lagrange, Sari Hendrick (Silke Vanwynsberghe 41 mins), Debbi Decoene (Petra Baldewijns 68 mins), Sheryl Merchuirs (Isabel Iliano 41 mins), Charlotte Van Ishoven, Jolien Martens (Paulien Stas 60 mins), Sigrid Bertels, Chloe Vande Velde, Celien Guns (Matilde Drunond 41 mins)

         UEFA Women’s U16 Development Tournament Current Standings

Pos.

Team

Played

Won

Draw

Lost

For

Against

Points

1

Czech Republic

2

2

0

0

4

4

6

2

Belgium

2

2

0

0

3

0

6

3

Republic of Ireland c

2

0

0

2

3

3

0

4

Wales

2

0

0

2

1

4

0