Sport Soccer

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Ireland to blood new talent after Euro dream shattered

IRELAND'S women are out of European Championship chase with two qualifiers left after last night's defeat at Turner's Cross.

Defeat to Wales last Saturday meant there was no margin of error for Ireland in the hunt for a play-off spot, but they were second best in Cork.

They were caught napping at a corner for the decisive goal on 25 minutes. Kim Little's effort was allowed to float all the way to Jennifer Beattie, whose header was saved by Emma Byrne, only for Scottish defender Rachel Corsie to sweep the rebound home from close-range.

Scotland had chances to double their lead and it wasn't until two minutes after the interval that the Irish mustered their first attempt on goal, but Niamh Fahey's long-range shot was easily dealt with by visiting 'keeper Gemma Fay.

Sophie Perry's cross almost found Aine O'Gorman at the far post, but the Scots averted the danger, as Ireland rarely threatened to equalise.

Ireland manager Sue Ronan will likely integrate some younger players, including those from the U-17 side which reached the World Cup quarter-final two years ago, for the away double-header against France and Israel on September 15 and 19.

IRELAND -- E Byrne (Arsenal); M De Burca (Amazon Grimstad FK), L Quinn (Peamount United), Y Tracy (Arsenal), S Perry (Chelsea); N Fahey (Arsenal) C Grant (Arsenal), R Littlejohn (Liverpool); JA Russell (Doncaster Belles), A O'Gorman (Doncaster Belles), S Smyth (Amazon Grimstad FK). Subs: D O'Sullivan (Cork) for Littlejohn (h-t), F O'Sullivan (ASJ Soyaux) for Smyth (78), S Roche (Peamount United) for Russell (81).

Irish Independent

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