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Womens International Under 17 2 - 1 New Zealand
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Match report
Women's Under-17 Friendly International
Republic of Ireland 2-1 New Zealand
Ciara Grant
Rebecca Kearney

Rebecca Kearney struck a late winner to give the Republic of Ireland Women's Under-17s a morale-boosting friendly win over New Zealand on Tuesday in their last warm-up match for next week's World Cup.

Noel King's side had the first of their two game tour of Fort Lauderdale in Florida against World Cup hosts, Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday but hit back in superb style by overcoming the Kiwis next time out.

Ireland fell behind on 23 minutes but equalised through Ciara Grant ten minutes later. Kearney then supplied the winning goal two minutes from full-time.

This Republic of Ireland squad created history earlier this year by becoming the first FAI women's squad to qualify for the first-ever major Championship when they reached the UEFA Under-17 finals.

They defeated Germany in the semi-final in June and only missed out on the European trophy following a penalty shoot-out against Spain.

By finishing amongst the top three in Europe, Noel King's squad sealed a place at the Women's World Cup which kicks off for Ireland next Monday, September 6, against Brazil.

FIFA Women's U17 World Cup - Group 4 Fixtures

Republic of Ireland v Brazil
Monday, September 6
Larry Gomes Stadium, Trinidad

Republic of Ireland v Canada
Thursday, September 9
Larry Gomes Stadium, Trinidad

Republic of Ireland v Ghana
Monday September 14
Dwight Yorke Stadium, Tobago

Republic of Ireland Women's U17 Squad:
Grace Moloney - Reading
Ciara O'Brien - Tramore
Megan Campbell - St. Francis
Jessica Gleeson - Tramore
Jennifer Byrne - Bealnamulla
Ciara Grant - Kilmacrennan Celtic
Aileen Gilroy - Killala
Dora Gorman - Salthill Devon
Zoe Boyd - Montclair Thunderbolts (USA)
Denise O'Sullivan - Wilton United
Siobhan Killeen - Raheny United
Stacie Donnelly - Reading
Rianna Jarrett - Northend United
Tanya Kennedy - Finn Valley
Kerry Glynn - Montclair Thunderbolts (USA)
Amanda Budden - Wilton United
Claire Shine - Douglas Hall
Harriet Scott - Reading
Rebecca Kearney - Lakewood Athletic
Jillian Maloney - Roswell Santos (USA)
Emma Hansberry - Strand Celtic

Noel King.
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