16.10.2010 at 15:00
Womens International Under 17
1 - 0
European Qualifier / r-match
Republicís U17 Womenís teamís successful start
Created on Saturday, 16 October 2010 23:15
Northern Ireland 0 - 1 Republic of Ireland
Rianna Jarrett 76
The Republic of Ireland U17 Women's team made a successful start to their bid to repeat the heroics of last season by winning the first match in the preliminary qualifying series of the UEFA 2010/'11 Championship.
The Republic last season went all the way to the final of the UEFA Championship where they lost to Spain in a penalty shoot-out. Their successful run ensured the competed in the World Cup finals in Trinidad last month.
The new season's squad is strengthened by the availability of seven members of that successful team and they needed that experience to help them overcome a determined Northern Ireland in Portadown.
Northern Ireland played well to ensure that the Republic had to wait until the 76th minute for the winning goal from Rianna Jarrett.
The Republic were delighted to hold Northern Ireland at bay in a highly competitive contest in Portadown and now look forward to playing Macedonia and Czech Republic.
The the top two teams after a round robin series advancing to the second, elite qualifying stage.
The Republic will play Macedonia on Monday at Seaview, Belfast and will play a highly rated Czech Republic on Thursday, October 21, at Mourneview Park, Lurgan.
The Republic's manager, Harry Kenny, has the following squad of players with him in the North:
Jill Maloney - GSA Phoenix 95 Red
Amanda Budden - Wilton United
Chloe Mustaki - St. Josephs
Shauna Newman - St. Francis
Niamh Walsh - Raheny United
Ciara O'Connell - Wilton United
Emily Cahill - St. Josephs
Lauren Murphy - Wilton United
Emma Hansberry - Strand Celtic
Meadhbh Deeney - St. Josephs
Denise O'Sullivan - Wilton United
Lisa Murphy - Shelbourne
Katie McCabe - St. Francis
Rianna Jarrett - Curracloe
Rebecca Kearney - Lakewood Athletic
Claire Shine - Douglas Hall
Lauren Kavanagh - St. Josephs
Laura Lynch - Wilton United