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Thursday 18 September 2014

Clare Shine strikes to hand Ireland a famous win over Spain at Euro under-19 championships

Published 15/07/2014 | 20:29

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15 July 2014; Clare Shine, left, Republic of Ireland, celebrates after scoring her side's first goal with team-mate Katie McCabe. UEFA Women's U19 Championship Finals, Republic of Ireland v Spain, UKI Arena, Jessheim, Norway. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Clare Shine, left, Republic of Ireland, celebrates after scoring her side's winner with team-mate Katie McCabe. UEFA Women's U19 Championship Finals, Republic of Ireland v Spain, UKI Arena, Jessheim, Norway. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
15 July 2014; Clare Shine, centre, Republic of Ireland, celebrates after scoring her side's first goal with team-mates Amy O'Connor, left, and Katie McCabe. UEFA Women's U19 Championship Finals, Republic of Ireland v Spain, UKI Arena, Jessheim, Norway. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Clare Shine, centre, Republic of Ireland, celebrates after scoring her side's first goal with team-mates Amy O'Connor, left, and Katie McCabe. UEFA Women's U19 Championship Finals, Republic of Ireland v Spain, UKI Arena, Jessheim, Norway. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
15 July 2014; Republic of Ireland players celebrate after the game. UEFA Women's U19 Championship Finals, Republic of Ireland v Spain, UKI Arena, Jessheim, Norway. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland players celebrate after the game. UEFA Women's U19 Championship Finals, Republic of Ireland v Spain, UKI Arena, Jessheim, Norway. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Cork's Clare Shine wrote herself into the annals of women's football in Ireland with her goal in Ireland's 1-0 victory over Spain at the under-19 European Championships in Oslo this evening.

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Dave Connell's side now have an excellent chance of emerging from Group B which also contains Sweden and England.

Sweden sit on top of the group after their 2-0 win over England.

Ireland were quick out of the blocks and Mayo's Sarah Rowe early on.

Despite dominating possession, Ireland could have found themselves behind when Sonia Fraile's overhead kick came back off the post.

Shine, who broke her leg six weeks ago while playing for Raheny United, spurned a number of opportunities before she struck for the game's only goal in the 54th minute.

Sarah Rowe's shot rebounded to Shine who took the ball down and fired it to the net.

Spain rallied and Irish keeper Brooke Dunne was kept on her toes but the Irish girls held on for a historic victory.

Ireland face England on Friday evening before their final group game with Sweden next Monday.

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