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Tuesday 24 October 2017

King confident Ireland can bounce back

Ireland manager Noel King has backed his U-17 girls team to get their World Cup campaign back on track against Canada tomorrow following their opening 2-1 defeat to Brazil.

The Irish girls' hopes of getting their odyssey in Trinidad and Tobago off to a winning start were dashed on Monday night by two pieces of Samba magic.

Brazil striker Glaucia scored two goals to deny King's Girls in Green in Trinidad's Larry Gomes Stadium.

Winger Siobhan Killeen brought the sides level early in the second half with a wonderful strike -- but even that was outdone by Glaucia's world-class winner.

Having gone behind in the first half, the Irish team were rewarded on 58 minutes with a brilliant equaliser.

From a throw, Aileen Gilroy fired the ball across the 18-yard box and Killeen raced on to it and drilled the ball low into the net.

Parity lasted only three minutes, though, as Glaucia curled a shot high into the corner of Moloney's net.

All is not lost for Ireland's hopes of emerging from Group D as King's side will take confidence from their heroic performance ahead of games against Canada and then 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)

Irish Independent

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