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Friday 17 August 2018

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REP IRELAND U-17's....................3 DENMARK U-17's.............................5

The great Danes got their revenge on Thursday afternoon in Whitehall when they ended Dave Connell's Women's Under-17's hopes of claiming a double over their Scandinavian visitors.

What a difference a little over 36 hours meant to the Danes who will now go home much happier after this 5-3 win than when they left the grounds of Home Farm after a defeat on Tuesday evening.

On Thursday, the home side never really got out of first gear as they failed to find the same energy levels or organisation that saw them to victory two days earlier.

In truth, Irish boss Dave Connell will probably learn more from this defeat than their previous victory but the Irish will be far stronger following these games and if those with injuries return in time for Serbia, Irish progression could well be on the cards.

Changes to both sides, meant it was a less frenetic start to the game compared to the first game but Sarah McKevitt looked a threat down the left wing, while Tuesday's match-winner Dearbhaile Beirne was once again looking dangerous.

The first chance of the game fell to Denmark's Michele Hannibaldsen when she crept in behind the home defence after 7 minutes to latch on to a long ball but Nadine Ryan did well to get out to her quickly and force her to shoot wide of the target.

Three minutes later, Ireland were unlucky not to get their noses in front.

Soairse Noonan picked up a poor Denmark clearance on the edge of the area before unleashing a terrific curling effort which had Katrine Jacobsen beaten in the away goal but the crossbar rescued the Danes.

And there was more misfortune for Ireland five minutes later when a corner from Anne Katrine Hansen found the unmarked Laura Frank and she headed home from close range to give Denmark the lead.

On 19 minutes it was 1-1 and it was that girl Beirne who struck again when she was found by Soairse Noonan down the left before she cut inside her marker and fired home inside the near post.

The remainder of the half was all about the visitors picking their way through some holes that were developing in the Irish midfield and defence, and that led to two penalties been conceded.

Signe Bruun slotted home the first after 24 minutes and then Bruun was fouled herself just six minutes later and once again fired home from the spot to give the Danes a 3-1 lead.

And within ten minutes of the restart it was so much worse for Ireland as they trailed 5-1.

Freja Klitgaard's 25-yard drive was mishandled by Nadine Ryan and dropped into the back of the net and then moments later it was five when Bruun completed her hat-trick.

Ireland finished with plenty of spirit and fight however, and got two goals back to restore some respectability to the final score.

They made it 5-2 after 53 minutes when Sarah McKevitt created space in the Danes area before finding Eleanor Ryan-Doyle who slotted home under Jacobsen.

And then with just a couple of minutes remaining, the home side pulled another back when Leah Reybet Degat's wonderful cross-field pass found Beirne who struck home her second of the game.

IRELAND: Nadine Ryan, Lauryn O'Callaghan (Katie Miley 56), Lucy McCartan (Leah Reybet Degat 40), Chloe Moloney (Chloe Flynn 24), Niamh Prior (Sarah Baynes 74), Evelyn Daly, Sarah McKevitt (Danielle Murray 67), Sophie Waters (Fiona Donnelly 40), Zoe McGlynn (Eleanor Ryan-Doyle 40), Soairse Noonan (Gemma Berry 74), Dearbhaile Beirne. Not used; Cliodhna Murphy.

DENMARK: Katrine Jacobsen (Christina Jensen 40), Laura Frank, Maria Thomsen, Signe Bruun (Michaela Schnack 56), Michele Hannibaldsen, Freja Klitgaard (Ditte Hogsted 56), Laura Leth (Sandra Normann 40), Freja Sorensen (Anita Hoffman 51), Emma Andersen (Christina Lauridsen 66), Tanya Hymoller, Anne Katrine Hansen. Not used; Line Kudsk.

Referee: Rhona Daly. Assistants; Natasha Valentini, Olivia Sneyd. 4th official; Deirdre Nolan.

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