Clare Shine strikes to hand Ireland a famous win over Spain at Euro under-19 championships
Published 15/07/2014 | 20:29
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.
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.