Northern Ireland Women’s U-19s edge Republic of Ireland 1-0

Northern Ireland WU19s beat their Republic of Ireland counterparts
Bob Hall Sports Photography

Northern Ireland warmed up for next month’s Euro qualifiers by defeating Republic of Ireland 1-0 in a friendly at the Blanchflower Stadium, Belfast.

Northern Ireland’s Keri Halliday fired over the bar, before home keeper Ellie Scott produced a fine save and her opposite number Katie Keane then denied  Orleigha McGuinness.

Keane kept the scores level twice more before the break, holding onto a header from Kascie Weir and tipping a Sophie Gargan rocket round the post.

The woodwork saved both sides early in the second half, Republic’s Hannah Healy free-kick striking the bar and Jay Ralph heading against the post, while NI’s Abi Sweetlove also hit the crossbar with a set-piece.

Northern Ireland U-19s
Northern Ireland U-19’s starting eleven against Republic of Ireland. (Bob Hall Sports Photography)

Halliday made the breakthrough inside the final ten minutes, latching onto a through to slot home.

Northern Ireland next compete in League A of Euro WU19 2024 first round qualifiers with France, Italy and Hungary, the mini-tournament in Toulouse running from 25 to 31 October.

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