Samba magic sinks Irish
FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup
IRELAND'S hopes of getting their World Cup campaign off to a winning start were dashed last night by two pieces of Samba magic.
Brazil striker Glaucia scored two brilliant goals to deny Noel King's charges at Trinidad's Larry Gomes Stadium.
Irish winger Siobhan Killeen brought the sides level early in the second half with a wonderful strike -- but that was outdone by Glaucia's winner.
The Larry Gomes pitch was bumpy and hard, although the state of the surface didn't stop Glaucia from producing her first moment of magic four minutes in that resulted in Ireland falling behind.
The girls in green were caught napping at a throw-in, leaving skipper Thais the time to pick out Glaucia, who dropped a shoulder, feinted to go one way before turning the other and drilling a low shot across goal and in.
Ireland responded well to falling behind, causing panic in the Brazil defence from the dead-ball deliveries of St Francis full-back Megan Campbell. Goalkeeper Daniele flapped unconvincingly at a few high balls, while Denise O'Sullivan and Jennifer Byrne were inches from connecting with a 30th-minute centre.
Ireland came out after the break with all guns blazing and were rewarded on 58 minutes with a brilliant equaliser.
Ciara O'Brien's throw-in was clipped into Aileen Gilroy's path by O'Sullivan; Gilroy drilled the ball across the face of the 18-yard box for Killeen to race on to and smash low into the left-hand corner of the net.
Parity, however, lasted only three minutes, as Glaucia once again produced a moment of magic. She controlled a deep corner on the left-angle of the area and curled a looping shot high into the far corner of 'keeper Grace Moloney's goal.
And the tricky Glaucia was denied a hat-trick on 67 minutes when she beat Moloney but was denied by Byrne's headed clearance off the line.
All is not lost for Irish hopes of emerging from Group D, however, as King's side will take confidence going into games against Canada on Thursday and Ghana next Monday.
Ireland -- Moloney (Reading); O'Brien (Tramore), Gleeson (Tramore), Byrne (Bealnamulla), Campbell (St Francis); Gilroy (Killala), Grant (Kilmacrennan Celtic), Gorman (Salthill Devon), Killeen (Raheny United); O'Sullivan (Wilton United), Donnelly (Reading). Subs: Shine (Douglas Hall) for Gilroy (75), Jarrett (Northend United) for Donnelly (75), Kearney (Lakewood Athletic) for Killeen (90)
Brazil -- Daniele; Roberta (Tainara 81), Ingrid, Caroline, Jucinara; Beatriz, Andressa, Lucimara, Thais; Luana (Paula 66), Glaucia.
Ref -- Jia Wang (China)