Colin Bell Republic of Ireland WU17

Republic of Ireland 2-1 Denmark

Ziu goal not enough for Ireland Under-17s against Denmark.

A goal in the final 10 minutes for substitute Jessica Ziu was not enough as the Republic of Ireland Women’s Under-17 side lost 2-1 to Denmark at the FAI National Training Centre.

The second of two games to take place between the sides this week saw Denmark open the scoring through Josefine Hasbo after 14 minutes.

Ireland were unlucky not to go into the break level, after Emily Whelan’s shot was excellently saved by goalkeeper Line Andersen five minutes before half-time.

Denmark doubled their lead 10 minutes into the second half, with a goal from Pernille Pedersen. After the away side doubled their lead, Ireland pushed for goals and thought they equalised with 15 minutes left, but Allanah McEvoy’s goal was disallowed.

Ziu scored from the edge of the box with seven minutes to go, but the team were not able to find the crucial equaliser.

Speaking after the match, head coach Colin Bell said he was happy with the test his side was given over both games this week.

“We were up against a good opponent this week, so it was beneficial for the team to learn.”

“Jess [Ziu] scored a nice goal. We definitely deserved the goal, but it was disappointing to have one disallowed.”

Republic of Ireland line-up: Rachel Kelly (Courtney Maguire 41); Roisin McGovern (Leah Brady 70), Megan Mackey (capt), Doireann Fahey (Harriet Lambe 74); Tyler Toland, Amy Boyle Carr; Zara Foley, Lucia Lobato (Jessica Ziu 41), Isibeal Atkinson (Rachel O’Regan 60); Emily Whelan, Allanah McEvoy.

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