Friday 26 December 2014

Ireland under-19s on cusp of European semis after comeback win over England

Published 18/07/2014 | 20:14

18 July 2014; Republic of Ireland's Keeva Keenan, 7, celebrates with team-mates after scoring her side's second goal. UEFA Women's U19 Championship Final, Republic of Ireland v England, Mjøndalen Stadium, Mjondalen, Norway. Picture credit: Morten Olsen / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland's Keeva Keenan, 7, celebrates with team-mates after scoring her side's second goal. UEFA Women's U19 Championship Final, Republic of Ireland v England, Mjøndalen Stadium, Mjondalen, Norway. Picture credit: Morten Olsen / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland players, including Amy O'Connor and Megan Connolly, celebrate after the game. UEFA Women's U19 Championship Final, Republic of Ireland v England, Mjøndalen Stadium, Mjondalen, Norway. Picture credit: Morten Olsen / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland players celebrate with supporters after the game. UEFA Women's U19 Championship Final, Republic of Ireland v England, Mjøndalen Stadium, Mjondalen, Norway. Picture credit: Morten Olsen / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland's Keeva Keenan, lying, celebrates with team-mates after scoring her side's second goal. UEFA Women's U19 Championship Final, Republic of Ireland v England, Mjøndalen Stadium, Mjondalen, Norway. Picture credit: Morten Olsen / SPORTSFILE
Ireland celebrate after the final whistle. Twitter credit: @sueronan

Dave Connell's Ireland under-19s are on the verge of qualification for the semi-finals of the European Under-19 Championships in Norway after they came from behind to beat England this evening.

Ireland trailed at the break but showed great resilience to strike twice in the second half through headed goals from Savannagh McCarthy and Keeva Keenan to take the three points.

In the other game in Group B, Spain defeated Sweden 2-0 to leave Ireland on top of the group on six points with Spain and Sweden on three points and England yet to register a point.

Ireland need a a draw from their final group game with Sweden on Monday to top the group.

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