Monday 24 July 2017

Silver lining for frustrated Irish

Republic Of Ireland 0 Hungary 0: Women's U-17 Qualifier

Ireland's Sarah McKevitt in action against Timea Pilan of Hungary during their elite qualifying phase fixture at Turners Cross last night
Ireland's Sarah McKevitt in action against Timea Pilan of Hungary during their elite qualifying phase fixture at Turners Cross last night
A dejected Chloe Maloney after Ireland failed to get the win over Hungary that would have sent them through as Group 2 winners
Ireland's Saoirse Noonan in action against Luca Varga of Hungary
Ireland's Roma McLaughlin in action against Viktória Vancsik of Hungary
Ireland's Saoirse Noonan has her header saved on the line by Hungary goalkeeper Luca Varga

Ireland were unable to secure automatic qualification for the UEFA Women's U-17 Championships, but they are still likely to progress to the finals in Iceland as the best runners-up.

A win over Hungary in yesterday's elite qualifying phase fixture at Turner's Cross would have sent Ireland through as Group 2 winners but the goal never came and England secured top spot with a win against the Netherlands.

The 2-0 win over England last week should be enough to help Ireland qualify, but there will be frustration at not having won here.

While Ireland played well after a shaky start, they were limited in their chances. Saoirse Noonan hit the bar in the first half and excellent captain Jamie Finn twice went close from second-half corners, but by and large Hungary's defending was stout.

Already eliminated, the visitors didn't offer a lot of attacking endeavour but, even in the face of Irish pressure, they continued to put in a strong defensive effort.

Nevertheless, barring an unlikely Finland win against Switzerland, Ireland should advance.

Republic Of Ireland - McQuillan; O'Callaghan, Finn, Maloney, Prior; Meaney(McCartan 56), Noonan, Higgins, McLaughlin, McKevitt (Beirne 49); Ryan-Doyle.

Irish Independent

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