Wednesday 24 January 2018

Ireland celebrate Killeen's wonder-goal in style

Jamie Holland women's u-17 world cup

IRELAND'S U-17 women's team showed off their creative side on Thursday night -- impressing the locals with a goal celebration that earned them as many cheers as Siobhan Killeen's wonderful winner against Canada.

The Raheny United winger made it two goals in two World Cup games with a stunning 75th minute strike. She then got into the middle of a huge huddle, before the rest of the girls fell away leaving her the last person standing.

The delighted Dubliner said: "We got the idea after watching the U-19 boys play. They were full of different celebrations, so we made up one of our own and that was what we did against Canada."

Killeen added: "I seem to be on-form in the shooting department, but it was more a team effort. We played some unbelievable stuff. In the last 10 minutes the defending was fantastic."

Manager Noel King was delighted with his in-form winger. "We are used to that now from Siobhan," he said. "That was her fourth goal in five games from that kind of position. We just expect it now.

"Siobhan has wonderful ability. She got kicked a few times, but she's willing to suffer that. She is great."

Irish skipper Dora Gorman praised her team-mates after they bounced back from their 2-1 defeat by Brazil to move to the top of Group D with just one game remaining -- against Ghana on Monday.

"We had a game-plan and we stuck to it. Once we got the goal we stayed calm and focused," said the Salthill Devon star.

"Now we go into the last match with everything in our own hands".

King faces a sideline ban for this clash after he was sent to the stands near the end of Thursday's match.

"I asked the assistant referee what she thought of a decision. She called over the referee and I was sent off," said King.

Meanwhile, in the other Group D game, Ghana pulled off one of the shocks of the tournament to see off Brazil by 1-0 in Arima to secure their first win of the campaign.

An opportunistic goal by Alice Danso after 22 minutes put the Black Maidens ahead, and they held on through some brave defending. That result throws the group wide open, with each team now having a win to their name.

Irish Independent

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