REPORT | England 0-2 WU19


REPORT | England 0-2 WU19

Goals from Jessie Stapleton and Jenna Slattery helped the Republic of Ireland Women's Under-19s record a 2-0 victory over England in an International Friendly in St. George's Park.
20th Feb 2023

Dave Connell had been keen to make the most of the time available with his players to work on preparing for their upcoming UEFA Women's Under-19 European Championship qualifiers and they certainly did that in this game.

A positive approach was rewarded when Ireland were awarded a penalty kick, which captain Stapleton cooly slotted in after sending the opposing goalkeeper in the other direction.

Slattery got her goal after taking a risk that the England goalkeeper would attempt a short pass to her centre-back; the Galway United forward nipped in to steal it and convert to an empty net.

This was a worthwhile exercise for Ireland, who got to give game-time to several players, and they will take a lot of confidence from their performance and the result against a very good team.

Republic of Ireland: Claudia Keenan (Katie Keane); Melissa O'Kane (Meabh Russell), Jessie Stapleton, Kate Thompson, Tara O'Hanlon (Abi Smith); Jamie Thompson (Laura Shine), Millie Pullen (Layla Proctor), Scarlett Herron; Jenna Slattery (Eva Mangan), Emma Doherty, Lia O'Leary.