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Ireland U17 Women romp to victory

 

Republic of Ireland 7 Georgia 0

 

Galway girl Lisa Casserly scored twice as the Republic of Ireland U17 Women’s team romped to victory against Georgia in the second game of their UEFA European Championship qualifiers in Belarus.

 

The former Colga midfielder, who now plays for Bus Eireann Women’s National League side Castlebar Celtic, struck in either half as further goals from Megan Connolly, Savannah McCarthy, Sara McGeogh, Amy O’Connor and Rebekah Carroll saw the Irish score seven without reply.

 

The win leaves Ireland on six points with Finland, who beat Belarus 3-0 in the other Group 9 game, and a win over the Finns on Saturday will see the Irish top the group and secure automatic qualification for the Elite Qualifying Round.

 

Manager Dave Connell made four changes to the side which had beaten Belarus 3-0 on Mondaywith Peamount United’s Amy Corcoran replacing Chelsea Noonan in goal while Megan Kelleher, Keeva Keenan and McGeough came in for Lauren Dwyer, Aisling Frawley and Ciara Rossiter.

 

Ireland dominated the game from the start to finish creating 21 chances, of which 16 were on target, and forcing 13 corners to the Georgians’ three. The opening minutes saw chances for McGeogh, Connolly and O’Connor before the deadlock was finally broken in the 14th minute when striker Connolly scored her third goal of the week and her sixth in four games for Ireland.

 

That opened the floodgates and in the course of the next nine minutes Ireland added three more through skipper McCarthy, Casserly and McGeogh to open up a comfortable 4-0 lead and secure the three points.

 

Amy O’Connor’s second goal of the week one minute into injury time left it 5-0 at the break and it was a case of seeing out the game after that., Connolly, Lynch and Barrett all had chances in the second half before Casserly struck with her second of the game in the 71st minute and Rebekah Carroll rounded off the scoring a minute into injury time with Ireland’s seventh goal.

 

In the other game Finland beat Belarus 3-0 to preserve their 100 per cent record but their 11-0 win over Georgia on Monday means they go into Saturday’s game with a better goal difference and Ireland need to win the game to ensure automatic qualification for the elite qualifying stages.  

 

Republic of Ireland: Amy Corcoran (Peamount United); Keeva Keenan (WFTA), Payton Goulding (Minnesota Thunder), Rebekah Carroll (Peamount United), Savannah McCarthy (C) (Listowel Celtic);

Sara McGeough (Castlebar Celtic), Lisa Casserly (Castlebar Celtic), Megan Kelleher (Kilmallock);

Amy O'Connor (Wilton United), Ciara McNamara (St Mary’s Cork), Megan Connolly (College Corinthians), Subs: Avril Brierley (St Joseph’s) for McNamara (41), Amber Barrett (Lagan Harps) for Keenan (58), Megan Lynch (Shelbourne) for Connolly (62). Unused Subs: Lauren Dwyer (Wexford Ladies), Aisling Frawley (Tramore FC), Ciara Rossiter (Wexford Ladies), Chelsea Noonan (Douglas Hall).

 

Georgia: Bakradze (C), Gorgadze, Shengelia, Tchautidze, Alelishvili, Sinatashvili, Jintcharadze, Gogichadze (Kakulia 68), Tavdishvili (Bitsadze 80+3), Jokhadze (Naskidashvili 12), Cheminava.

 

Referee: Sabayel Gurbanova (Azerbaijan)

 

UEFA European Women's U17 Championship

Qualifying Round Group 9

Results

October 1: Republic of Ireland 3 Belarus 0, Finland 11 Georgia 0

October 3: Republic of Ireland 7 Georgia 0, Belarus 0 Finland 3

 

Table

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

PTS

GD

Finland

2

2

0

0

14

0

6

+14

Ireland

2

2

0

0

10

0

6

+10

Belarus

2

0

0

2

0

6

0

=6

Georgia

2

0

0

2

0

18

0

-18

 

Remaining Fixtures

October 6: Finland v Republic of Ireland, Georgia v Belarus

(All games kick-off at 1pm Irish time).

 

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