De­feat for Ire­land U19 girls

Irish Examiner - Sport - - SOCCER -

The Repub­lic of Ire­land suf­fered de­feat yes­ter­day af­ter­noon in the fi­nal match of the Uefa Euro­pean Women’s U19 Elite Round as they were beaten 2-0 by Turkey at Turner’s Cross.

Sec­ond-half goals from Kader Han­car and Esra Manya saw Turkey se­cure the points and in­flict a sec­ond de­feat in three games for Ire­land in Group 4.

Ire­land twice went close to break­ing the dead­lock be­fore the half-time in­ter­val through Saoirse Noo­nan but af­ter fir­ing a shot straight at the keeper from the edge of the box, the Cork City WFC striker also had a header de­nied.

Head coach Dave Con­nell was left look­ing to the fu­ture. “There are 11 play­ers in this group who qual­ify for us again, so we will try and get them in as soon as we can, along with some of the U17s that are gone over age for that group.

“We have two friendly games or­gan­ised against Aus­tria later in the year ahead of the first-round qual­i­fiers in Lithua­nia in Oc­to­ber, so we’ll pre­pare for those. It’s been a dis­ap­point­ing end to this cam­paign, but we’ll start pre­par­ing for the next one.”

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