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Monday 20 August 2018

Beirne breaks the deadlock to sink Danes

Beirne breaks the deadlock to sink Danes

rep ireland under 17s........................1

denmark under 17s..........................0

By Ger Brady

SHELBOURNE'S Dearbhaile Beirne was the Irish hero on Tuesday evening in Whitehall as her 52nd minute goal handed the Republic of Ireland Women's Under-17's a deserved and confidence boosting win over Denmark.

And the only goal of the game arrived when Dave Connell's girls were in charge of the contest and gave them just rewards for their hard-work and endeavour going forward all evening.

The goal itself arrived after some great work down the right wing by Soairse Noonan and Irish captain Evelyn Daly.

Daly set the move in motion before Noonan found herself a yard of space down near the end-line before whipping in a terrific deep cross to the back post were Beirne was arriving to volley low past Jacobsen in the Denmark goal.

It was a goal that Beirne, circled, deserved too, for her battle with Sandra Normann was one of the highlights of the evening.

Her goal so easily could have been Ireland's second of the night though.

Just two minutes prior the breaking the deadlock, the girls in green were denied what looked a certain goal when Sarah McKevitt's effort was blocked on the line by Laura Frank, while the rebound was put into the side-netting by Fiona Donnelly.

And after Beirne's goal Ireland were full of confidence with Eleanor Ryan-Doyle's volley going just inches over while Beirne was almost in again from Ryan-Doyle's through-ball but the Danish defence recovered well to clear.

It would be unfair to the visitors however to just talk about Ireland's second half performance as it was the Danish girls who arguably enjoyed the better opportunities in the opening half.

Taking advantage of a nervous looking Ireland in the opening minutes, Freja Kilitgaard almost put her side ahead inside sixty-seconds but Lucy McCarton saved the home side's blushes with a good clearance off the line.

And there was no doubting that both forward-lines were on top in the opening half with Ireland almost scoring after 4 minutes when Ryan -Doyle's header had to be saved by Jacobsen following Courtney Higgins's pin-point delivery from the right.

Then Beirne got her first sighting on goal of the evening but Jacobsen was out to deny her bravely.

The Danes continued to have their first half chances too. On 10 minutes Nadine Ryan denied Signe Bruun while the Irish 'keeper had to deny Bruun again and Kiltgaard on the half hour.

But it was Beirne's determination to get in at the back post after 52 minutes that ultimately sealed the tie for Ireland.

REP IRELAND: Nadine Ryan, Evelyn Daly, Courtney Higgins (Fiona Donnelly 25), Chloe Moloney, Niamh Farrelly, Lucy McCarton (Danielle Murray 56), Saoirse Noonan (Zoe McGlynn 74), Niamh Prior, Sarah McKevitt (Sophie Waters 64), Eleanor Ryan-Doyle, Dearbhaile Beirne. Not used; Aoife McMahon, Lauryn O'Callaghan, Katie Miley.

DENMARK: Katrine Jacobsen, Sandra Normann (Ditte Hogsted 76), Laura Frank, Maria Thomsen, Line Kudsk, Signe Bruun (Michele Hannibaldsen 57), Freja Klitgaard, Freja Sorsensen (Laura Leth 68), Christina Lauridsen (Michaela Schnack 68), Emma Anderson, Anne Katrine Hansen (Tanja Hymoller 57). Not used; Anita Hoffman, Christina Jensen.

Referee: Paula Brady.

Assistants: Deirdre Nolan, Olivia Sneyd.

4th official: Natasha Valentini.

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