Goals from McCarthy and Connelly secure safe passage to European Championship semi-finals for Ireland U-19 ladies
Published 21/07/2014 | 20:04
The Republic of Ireland Women’s Under 19’s marched into the semi-finals of the UEFA European Championships last night after beating Sweden 2-1 in Norway.
Republic of Ireland 2, Sweden 1
Known as ‘The History Girls’, they roared back at the UKI Arena, Jessheim after Savannah McCarthy and Megan Connolly both scored to see them top Group B after previously beating Spain and England.
Sweden took an eighth-minute lead through Julia Wahlberg, but a header from McCarthy and a superb free-kick from Connolly swung the game for Dave Connell's side to wrap up a third straight win.
Ireland will be back in action on Thursday night, where a place in the final is only one more win away. There is just no stopping these History Girls.
Republic of Ireland: Dunne; Keenan, O’Connell, McCarthy, Wright; Connolly, Mustaki, Dwyer; Rowe (Shine 58), O’Connor, McCabe (Carson 88).
Sweden: Musovic; Ekholm, Bjorn, E Karlsson, N Karlsson; Andersson (Angeldal 76), Hurtig, Wahlberg, Curmark (Okvist h-t); Blackstenius, Olme (Jansson 70).
Referee: Zuzana Kovacova (Slovakia).
UEFA European Championship Finals – Group B
Tuesday, July 15: Republic of Ireland 1-0 Spain, UKI Arena, Jessheim
Friday, July 18: Republic of Ireland 2-1 England, Nedre Eiker, Mjondalen
Monday, July 21: Republic of Ireland 2-1 Sweden, UKI Arena, Jessheim