11.04.2006 at 15:00
Womens International Under 17
0 - 0
England 0-0 Republic of Ireland
Ireland's u-17s played out a nil-nil draw with England at Clevedon Town's ground last night in the annual friendly International Tournament. This was a very exciting game between two well matched teams and played on a very difficult pitch. Ireland suffered a major blow seven minutes into the game when Emma Reilly had to retire with a suspected broken toe. She was replaced by Stephaine Roche which resulted in a reshuffling of personnel, Noelle Murray dropped back into midfield, where she had a super game out of position. There were chances created at both ends, the best of which fell to Michelle Glynn, Jennifer Critchely and Stephaine Roche for the Irish, and English striker EllenWhite brought out a great save from Michelle Byrne in the Irish goal.
The 2nd half saw much of the same with Christina Byrne coming closest for Ireland with a free kick from just outside the box. This was a very physical game fought out
fairly by both teams.
Yesterday's match was an excellent team performance with some very good individual performances. Capt Lynnmarie Grant and her back four colleagues, Catriona McGilp, Christina Byrne and Catriona Connellan worked as a very tight unit throughout the 80 minutes. Paula Murray on the left had an outstanding game while Rebecca Creagh and Noelle Murray battled manfully in the centre of midfield.
Ireland now face a very diffcult task tonight with a game against Holland without key players Emma Reilly, Michelle Glynn and Catriona Connellan.
Manager Marie Price Bolger stated that she was very pleased with the team performance last night. "The girls showed real courage and commitment against England and with a little more patience in front of goal we could have taken all three points. The game was a huge learning curve for the players and now we must do it all over again tonight, when we play Holland".
Republic of Ireland
Michelle Byrne (s)
Rebecca Creagh (s)
Christina Byrne (s)
Emma Reilly (s)
Jennifer Critchley (s)
Lynn Marie Grant (s)
Noelle Murray (s)
Paula Murray (s)
Stephanie Roche for Emma Reilly (7 mins)
Rachel Graham for Jennifer Critchley (55 mins)
Rebekah Penco for Catriona McGilp (72 mins)
Stephanie Anketel for Christina Byrne (80 mins)