20.06.2007 at 15:00 Oscar Traynor Road Complex, Dublin
Womens International Under 17
1 - 2
Referee: Hilda Mc Dermott
Gillian Mc Donnell
Bartoli 45 mins,
Sampietro 60 mins,
Ireland took on Italy for the second time this week in the lovely surroundings of the Oscar Traynor Complex yesterday. The pitch was in immaculate condition and although high winds and rain made conditions difficult both teams served up an entertaining game.
These two games were arranged in preparation for the Girls Under 17 UEFA Qualifying competition which will commence this October.
The Irish have been drawn to play Turkey, Moldova and Sweden for the qualifiers and their mini-group will be contested in Turkey from October 19th - 24th.
Ireland had succumbed to a late winner on Monday and Johnny Morris Burke's charges were out to gain revenge.
Ireland won the toss and elected to play with the strong wind.
Ireland dominated the early exchanges without ever really troubling the Italian keeper.
Italy always looked dangerous on the breakaway and none more so than diminutive Pfoestl
Italy went ahead on 15 minutes through a long-range free-kick by Katerina Pfoestl which curled inside the post despite the best efforts of Irish goalkeeper Niamh Reid-Burke.
They could have added to that lead with two marvelous opportunities during the next ten minutes but Reid-Burke stopped Pfoestl’s header and a shot from point-blank range by Bonetti.
Ireland equalised after 29 minutes following a darting run into the penalty area by Julie-Ann Russell. She raced to the end-line before delivering a cross into the awaiting Deirdre Duke who connected with her left foot to score on her debut.
Ireland were unfortunate not to go into ther break ahaed as Gilian Mc donnell cleverly laid the ball backj to Karen Duggan whose rasping shot brought the best out of Italian keeper Sometti.
The Italians began the second of the two 40 minute halves with a quick tempo and regained the lead within three minutes of the restart.
Veronica Becci strode into the penalty area and when her path was blocked by the Irish defence, the loose ball broke kindly for Tatiana Bonetti to apply a cool finish past the goalkeeper.
Gillian Mc Donnell proved in the second half that she was not one to shy away from long shots and on numerous occasions tested the Italian keeper Sometti.
Unfortunately the second half saw Ireland restricted to long range efforts although a great run by Julie Ann Ruseell which saw her get into the box and having beaten three Italian defenders nearly got what would have been a deserved equaliser.
Ireland: Niamh Reid-Burke, Roisin O’Connell, Sinead Cullen, Emer Flatley, Becky Walsh, Karen Duggan, Rachel Creighton, Gillian McDonnell, Amy Ryan, Julie-Ann Russell, Deirdre Duke
Substitutes: Erika O’Sullivan for Flatley and Dora Gorman for Creighton (both half-time), Angela O’Mahoney for O’Connell (58 mins), Olivia Lyons for Ryan (68 mins), Stephanie Murphy for Russell (70 mins).
Italy: Sometti, Bartoli, Varotta, Bordellini, De Angelis, Sampietro, Bonetti, Ferretti, Andreasi, Pfoestl, Bortot.
Referee: Hilda McDermott.