Ireland Women's U19s lose 2-1 to Norway in friendly
Republic of Ireland 1-2 Norway
THE REPUBLIC of Ireland Women's U19 side lost a keenly contested friendly with Norway at Dublin's AUL Complex this evening.
Both sides are preparing for the UEFA WU19 Championships which take place in Norway next month.
Megan Connolly put Ireland ahead with a brilliant free-kick from Megan Connolly after ten minutes.
Norway equalised in the 64th minute when , Synne Skinnes Hansen fired to the roof of the Irish net with a thumping strike from distance.
The visitors then grabbed the winner in the 74th minute when substitute Sara Johansen turned home following a brilliant cross-field ball from Karina Saevik.
"It was a good game for us and a reminder to the girls of the level we can expect in the finals tournament. We are working hard on our fitness and match sharpness after a long lay-off for some of them with exams since the qualifiers. It was a very good exercise for us," said Connell.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Amanda McQuillan, Keeva Keenan, Savannah McCarthy, Ciara Rossiter, Ciara O'Connell , Chloe Mustaki, Sarah Rowe, Lauren Dwyer, Megan Connolly, Clare Shine, Katie McCabe. Subs: Lisa Casserly for Shine 54 mins; Jess Gargan for Rowe 57; Roma McLaughlin for Mustaki 64; Ciara McNamara for Keenan 67; Shauna Newman for McCabe 70; Lauren Boles for Rossiter 77; Shannon Carson for Connolly 85. Unused: Caoimhe O'Reilly.
NORWAY: Aurora Watten Mikalsen, Ane Sund Walsoe, Marit Clausen, Ingerkatrine Bjerke, Cecilie Kvamme, Vilde Boe Risa (C), Lisa Fjeldstad Naalsund, Marie Dolvik Markussen, Synne Skinnes Hansen, Synne Sofie Kinden Jensen, Sigrid Heien Hansen. Subs: Inga Sofie Bakken for Walsoe 33; Siri Ervik for Mikalsen 46; Tuva Hansen for Kvamme 46; Karina Saevik for Markussen 55; Sara Johansen for Naalsund 55; Celine Granli for Bjerke 67. Unused: Johanne Fridlund.
REFEREE: Rhona Daly