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Posted 18th March 2017, 20:02 in
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Republic of Ireland Qualify For UEFA U-17 Finals

Republic of Ireland qualified for this summer's UEFA U-17 Finals but Scotland must wait to see if they take the best runners-up berth.

Payne Puts Ireland Through

Ireland's 1-0 victory over Hungary saw Dave Bell's side end their three Elite Round games unbeaten with seven points and top of Group 4.

A single goal from Heather Payne on 13 minutes proved to be enough for Ireland to claim the win that they needed, the Peamount United player hitting home a free-kick from distance.

"It is a fantastic achievement," beamed Bell after the win. "The girls worked so hard and the dedication that they gave to these qualifiers is testament to their attitude and also their quality.

"To qualify as group winners makes it even more enjoyable. We had to work hard to get the win because Hungary gave us a good game and I have to give credit to them because they are a very good side.

"I believe this is a special group of players and they fully deserve to have made it through to the finals tournament."

Scottish Hopes Live On After Fightback

Scotland finished second in the group after coming from behind to beat hosts Serbia 2-1.

Ivana Trbojevic opened the scoring early on but Michaela McAlonie levelled after 27 minutes.

Lauren Davidson, who have replaced Morgan Cross after only 19 minutes, then hit was proved to be the deicder in the 45th minute.

The draw for finals tournament will take place on April 7, while the main event will be staged in Czech Republic from May 2-14.

Pictured - Ireland's Carla McManus (fai.ie)

 

 

 

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