Colin Bell Republic of Ireland WU17

Iceland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

Late goal sees Iceland beat Republic of Ireland in UEFA Women’s Under-17 Championship Elite Round.

The Republic of Ireland Women’s Under-17 side have lost 2-1 to Iceland in their opening game of the UEFA Women’s Under-17 Championship Elite Round, in Germany.

Iceland led at 1-0 at half-time. Their captain Karólína Lea Vilhjálmsdóttir scored from the penalty spot midway through the first half, after Sveindís Jane Jónsdóttir was fouled by Tyler Toland.

Ireland equalised five minutes after the break with striker Emily Whelan finding the back of the net. Colin Bell’s side fell behind with 11 minutes to go, as Sveindís Jane Jónsdóttir scored what proved to be the decisive goal.

Speaking after the game, Head Coach Colin Bell (pictured above) said his side should have gotten at least a point from their opening match.

“We conceded a penalty which we felt wasn’t one. We studied it at half-time, and felt it wasn’t a penalty.

“Iceland had the physical advantage. We conceded the decisive goal from a header, and didn’t defend it well enough.

“I felt we lost the game through physicality. I’d rather lose by playing football instead of kick and rush.”

Depsite the loss, Bell took plenty of positives ahead of the second game.

“I felt we were the better team today. You cannot define Under-17 football just through results.

“Today we had four or five players in the starting 11 that could still play Under-16s and we have eight in total in the squad.

“The girls are very disappointed with the loss. They knew we should have got something out of the game.”

The side return to action on Sunday morning. They play Azerbaijan in Greifswald’s Volksstadion at 10am Irish time.

Iceland: Auður Sveinbjörnsdóttir Scheving; Barbára Sól Gísladóttir, Katla María Thórdardóttir, Hildur Thóra Hákonardóttir, Íris Una Thórdardóttir; Karólína Jack, Clara Sigurðardóttir (Ída Marín Hermannsdóttir 66), Eva Rut Ásþórsdóttir, Áslaug Munda Gunnlaugsdóttir (Diljá Ýr Zomers 48); Karólína Lea Vilhjálmsdóttir (capt), Sveindís Jane Jónsdóttir.

Republic of Ireland: Rachael Kelly, Zara Foley, Aoife Slattery, Tyler Toland, Doireann Fahey, Eabha O’Mahony (Roisin McGovern 79); Rachel O’Regan (Andrea Trill 72), Jessica Ziu, Amy Boyle Carr, Isibeal Atkinson (capt) (Louise Masterson 79): Emily Whelan.

Referee: Meitar Shemesh (ISR)


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