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Connolly creates history as Ireland claim English scalp

THE Ireland Schools' U15 Girls international side made history yesterday when they defeated Bob Docherty Tournament debutants England 2-0 in Dublin.

Jason Carey's side made it two from two following their penalty-shootout win over a Metropolitan Girls' League selection on Monday with victory over the English.

Yesterday's opponents had never taken part in the competition - that is normally held between Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales - until this year's event.

The Netherlands were also due to debut as Ireland hosted the international tournament at Dublin's AUL Complex this week, but their last-minute withdrawal gave twice as many Irish girls a chance as the Metro girls' side was added in their place.

Following on from her last-ditch equaliser on Monday to earn Carey's side a 1-1 draw and provide the platform for their shootout victory, Megan Connolly stole the show yesterday.

The Christ the King Girls' student grabbed goals in either half to give Ireland secure an impressive win for Ireland -- a first at this level.

Host team manager Carey was proud of his side's achievement yesterday.

"To beat England at any level of international football is an impressive feat so we can be proud that we are the first Irish side to do it at this age group," he said.

"It was an historic game - the first meeting of the two countries at U15 girls' level -- and we got the result with a very good performance."

IRELAND U-15 GIRLS INTERNATIONAL PANEL: Aoife Walsh (Domican College), Danielle Caldwell (Davitt's College, Castlebar), Lucy Ashmmore, Evvie Lowndes (Coláiste Iognáid), Keeva Keenan (St Michael's Secondary School, Finglas), Lauren Kealy (St Wolstan's CS, Celbridge), Megan Lynch (St Finian's CC, Swords), Courtney Higgins (Coláiste Dhúlaigh PP, Coolock), Brooke Dunne (Holy Family SS, Naas), Emma Byrne (Jesus and Mary College), Eleanor Ryan Doyle (St Joseph's College, Lucan), Chloe Murphy (Holy Family CS, Rathcoole), Nicole Gordon, Megan Connolly (Christ the King Girls, Cork), Savannah McCarthy (Presenatation SS, Listowel), Zoe Power (Abbey CS, Ferrybank), Sarah Jane McDonald (Moville CC), Roma McLaughlin (Moville CC).


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