Tuesday 25 October 2016

U-19s' Euro hope still alive

Ireland 3 Azerbaijan 0

Published 08/04/2016 | 02:30

Ireland players celebrate after the game Photo: Sportsfile
Ireland players celebrate after the game Photo: Sportsfile
Hayley Nolan, Republic of Ireland, scores her side's second goal from the penalty spot Photo: Sportsfile
Dearbhaile Beirne, Republic of Ireland, in action against Natalia Loa, Azerbaijan Photo: Sportsfile

Roma McLaughlin turned on the style last night as Ireland coasted to victory over Azerbaijan at Tallaght Stadium.

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Following their defeat to Germany on Tuesday, Ireland much-needed win was spearheaded by the Donegal striker, who brilliantly volleyed Dave Connell's side ahead after just 15 minutes.

Although Dearbhaile Beirne should have added a second as the interval approach, the second duly arrived on the hour after McLaughlin was sent sprawling in the box. Hayley Nolan tucked the resultant penalty into the left corner.

Full-back Niamh Prior put the result beyond their limited opponents by burying the rebound after Lucy McCartan's shot was spilled into her path.

Germany are assured of top spot and a place in the summer finals before Sunday's concluding group fixture against Azerbaijan, meaning Ireland must beat Poland and hope it's enough to clinch the sole best runner-up slot and join them at the showpeice in Slovakia.

IRELAND - B Dunne (Peamount Utd); N Nelson (San Diego Turf), S McCarthy (Glasgow City), K Keenan (Shelbourne), N Prior (UCD Waves); H Nolan (Hartford Hawks), L McCartan (Peamount Utd), J Gargan (Quinnipiac Bobcats); J Finn (Shelbourne), D Beirne (Shelbourne), R McLaughlin (Peamount Utd). Subs: R Kearns (Castlebar) for Gargan (46), J Nolan (Galway) for Finn (56), M Lynch (Shelbourne) for McLaughlin (72).

Irish Independent

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