Republic of Ireland Women’s U17s left waiting on results to qualify for finals
Hungary 0-0 Republic of Ireland
The Republic of Ireland Women’s U17 side missed out on automatic qualification for the UEFA Finals after a scoreless draw with Hungary in Turner’s Cross today but remain in with a chance of qualifying as best runners-up.
Dave Connell’s side finished their Elite Phase unbeaten and with three clean sheets but the scoreless draw with the Hungarians allowed England progress following their 2-0 win over Netherlands.
Ireland looked a little nervy early on and were fortunate not to concede twice in the opening ten minutes.
After six minutes Petra Krascsenics fired wide from 10 yards out after a brilliant left wing raid by Zoé Magyarics.
Three minutes later Irish keeper Amanda McQuillan makes a brave save to deny Krascsenics once again.
In the 13th minute Ireland were desperately unlucky not to score when Saoirse Noonan chipped keeper Luca Varga only to see the ball bounce down off the crossbar before being cleared to safety.
Less than a minute later a powerful free-kick from Courtney Higgins was well saved by the Hungarian keeper.
In the 57th minute captain Jamie Finn got her head to a Courtney Higgins corner and it appeared to have crossed the goal-line but the referee ruled that keeper Varga had kept it out.
Two minute later Varga saved at the feet of Noonan and from the resulting corner Finn once again her head to the corner and this time a defender cleared off the line.
Unfortunately on a warm afternoon in Cork the energy sapped from the Irish attack and they failed to really trouble the Hungarian keeper. Now they are left waiting on results from elsewhere to decide whether they will play in Iceland this summer.
HUNGARY: Varga, Rozmis, Kun, Vancsik (Szakonyi 74), P Krascsenics, C Krascsenics (Török 80+2), Gruber (61), Kocsán, Pilán, Magyarics (Csányi 71), Németh.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: McQuillan, O’Callaghan, Higgins, Finn, Moloney, McLaughlin, Doyle, Noonan, Meaney (McCartan 56), McKevitt (Beirne 49), Prior.