Tuesday 26 September 2017

Ireland women's under-19 side too good for Ukraine in Limerick

Saoirse Noonan of Republic of Ireland celebrates after scoring her side's second goal during the UEFA Women's Under 19 European Championship Elite Round match between Republic of Ireland and Ukraine at Market's Field in Limerick. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Saoirse Noonan of Republic of Ireland celebrates after scoring her side's second goal during the UEFA Women's Under 19 European Championship Elite Round match between Republic of Ireland and Ukraine at Market's Field in Limerick. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Dave Connell's U-19s picked up their first points of the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship Elite Round after a two-nil win over Ukraine in Limerick.

A Ukraine side that shipped five in their Elite Round opener against Finland were put under pressure from the off and it only took Ireland forty seconds to pull ahead.

Good work in midfield played Dearbhaile Beirne in down the left and her cross caused Natalia Zinchenko's charges all sorts of problems.

Failing to clear at the third attempt, Lucy McCartan snuck in to toe-poke past Bondarchuk to give Ireland the best possible start.

Quick feet from Alex Kavanagh saw her evade two challenges before unleashing a daisy-cutter from twenty-plus yards midway through the first half. The effort was out of the reach of Bondarchuk, but just struck the outside of the post.

The points would have been sealed twenty minutes from time if not for a good acrobatic stop from the busy Bondarchuk.

A quick Ireland throw caught their Ukrainian counterparts unawares, allowing substitute Saoirse Noonan to advance. She picked out Jess Nolan, but the netminder did well - saving to her right.

The decisive goal would arrive a minute before time, however. After a sublimely weighted pass from the boot of Roma McLaughlin, Saoirse Noonan took a touch to set herself before calmly finding the bottom corner to confirm the result.

 

Republic of Ireland: McQuillan; Craven, Farrelly (Donnolly, 90), Moloney, Prior; McCartan, Kavanagh; Finn (Noonan, 63), McLaughlin, Beirne; Nolan (Kelly, 81).

Ukraine: Bondarchuk; Kozub, Budaieva, Koleschuk, Derkach; Rybalkina, Polyukhovych; Kumeda, Kozolva, Shevchuk (Hryb, 77); Kuninan.

Referee: A Soeder (GER)

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