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Thursday 19 October 2017

Heroic soccer team miss out on place in UEFA final

The brave journey of Ireland's team in the UEFA Women's U19 European Championship came to an end last night as they missed out on reaching the finals.

Dubbed the History Girls, the squad lost to Holland by four goals to nil, despite having beaten the top three seeds in the tournament to make it to the final four.

Hopes

Hopes were high for a place in the final as the team had previously drawn nil-all with the Dutch in the qualifying games for the tournament.

The Ireland U-19 women's team is managed by former Limerick and Janesboro boss, Dave Connell. "We're very disappointed to be out of the competition, but I'm very proud of the players," he told the Herald last night.

"Even when they were losing four-nil in the second half, the players stuck with it and created a few chances."

The team's unprecedented success made international headlines, with media organisations in the US taking note.

The manager said there is still plenty to be positive about for the future, but last night's match was a "bridge too far" for the team.

jfegan@herald.ie

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