U-17s gear up for tough test

Niall Feery

The Republic of Ireland under-17 girls kick off their first ever FIFA World Cup finals tie this evening in Trinidad and Tobago when they take on the might of Brazil at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Arima, Trinidad. (Kick off 9pm Irish time).

The Girls in Green had a couple of warm up games in Fort Lauderdale, Florida when they took on host nation Trinidad and Tobago during the week and then on Saturday they faced New Zealand.

The Irish lost out in the game against Trinidad and Tobago by three goals to nil, but hit back on Saturday when they came from behind to defeat the Kiwis by two goals to one.

Having shipped a first half goal, it was Ciara Grant that levelled for Noel King's side and with time running out Lakewood Athletic's Rebecca Kearney popped up with the winner with two minutes remaining.

The victory over New Zealand will give King's girls the perfect confidence booster ahead of tonight's clash with the Brazilians.

The Irish will return to action on Thursday when they take on Canada in the same stadium.

The team will shift islands when they head to Tobago to face Ghana this day week in the Dwight Yorke Stadium in their last group game.

Ireland will need to finish either top or second in the group if they are to advance to the quarter finals.