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Northern Ireland Vs. Italy
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2007, 11:46:11 PM »
Line Up - http://www.uefa.com/competitions/wunder19/fixturesresults/round=15039/match=300460/index.html

Events - http://www.uefa.com/competitions/wunder19/fixturesresults/round=15039/match=300460/report=ev.html

Match Report -
http://www.irishfa.com/the-ifa/news/3376/ni-u19-girls-learn-tough-lession-from-italians/


NI U19 GIRLS LEARN TOUGH LESSION FROM ITALIANS
27/09/2007
By Sara Booth


NORTHERN Ireland’s Under 19 girls suffered a 7 – 0 defeat today in Russia.
Playing against an experienced and well organised Italian team, Alfie Wylie’s girls always knew they were up for a tough challenge.

Northern Ireland started the game brightly, with midfielder Adele Gillespie and forward Cathy Hyndman creating positive plays for the girls in green. The Italians superior fitness started to show as they began to assert themselves and in the 26 minute they were rewarded for their pressure when they scored from a corner.

This goal was followed quickly with another two in the next seven minutes. Northern Ireland having regained composure started to play some good football, before conceding a fourth goal just as the whistle went for half time.

Italy, not content with scoring four goals, commenced the second half with some blistering football scoring two goals early on. Despite the heroic efforts of Jacqueline McCutcheon in the heart of the defence a seventh was conceded in the 56th minute.

Commenting after the game Alfie said:  “This was always going to be a steep learning curve for our players. We have an extremely young team with us, some of whom will play in the under 17 tournament, but matches like these are all part of their development. Once again we have to thank the IFA for their continued investment in this squad and believe that one day it will pay dividends.”

Northern Ireland now look to their next match against host nation Russia on Saturday 29 September.

Northern Ireland line up: Goals: Kirsty Eddis.  Defence: Alison Smyth; Catherine Canavan; Jacqueline McCutcheon; Emma Speers.  Midfield: Lisa Armour; Trudi Harbinson; Adele Gillespie; Nadene Caldwell.   Forwards: Natasha McConville; Cathy Hyndman.

Subs used: Teri Magee for Trudi Harbinson; Ashley McKee for Adele Gillespie.
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Northern Ireland Vs. Russia
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2007, 11:50:46 PM »
Line Up - http://www.uefa.com/competitions/wunder19/fixturesresults/round=15039/match=300481/index.html

Events - http://www.uefa.com/competitions/wunder19/fixturesresults/round=15039/match=300481/report=ev.html

Match Report -http://www.irishfa.com/the-ifa/news/3384/much-improved-performance-for-u19-ladies/

MUCH IMPROVED PERFORMANCE FOR U19 LADIES
01/10/2007
By Gareth Steen

After a tough opening game against the Italians, Northern Ireland U19 Ladies put in a much improved performance against hosts Russia but lost the game 2-0 on Saturday.

Alfie Wylie reflected on what was a courageous performance from his side. "We lost our first game 7-0 to a very good Italian side. We then came up against a very strong Russian side who were the host nation and very experienced at this level, having won the tournament two years ago," he said.

"We had much better preparation this time around because we had the opportunity of watching Russia play against Israel and the girls where able to have some idea of what they would be coming up against.

"We went 1-0 down after 14 minutes after a long ball was played over the top and their striker got on the end of it and finished with a good lob that beat Kirsty Eddis who had no chance of saving it.

"Then on the 37th minute from our attacking throw-in the Russians used another long-ball clearance up the pitch and again their striker slotted past our keeper with another impressive finish.

"We then rallied around and pulled together and had some good spells in the game and in the second half we worked very hard and competed very well. Natasha McConville and Cathy Hyndman had a couple of efforts but unfortunately we couldn't get a goal. Russia were hoping to beat us by at least five goals if they were to top the group on goal difference because Italy had earlier beat Israel 5-1, but our defence held out in the second half with the home side throwing everything at us and a good crowd cheering them on.

"It was also very warm and the fitness levels of our girls was greatly tested by the pressure of the Russian's attacking play and of course the heat," he said.

"Our best player of the day as voted by our players was Ashley McKee who played on her own upfront and also another player who performed well was Nadene Caldwell in the centre of midfield who done a superb job on their star player," he added.

Northern Ireland were seeded the 4th team in the group and games against Italy and hosts Russia were always going to be tough games but Alfie believes there are many positives to take from the latest defeat.

"We are not celebrating in defeat but it is good to show character and belief and it was a much improved performance from the Italy game. I think that this performance is something we can build on, the girls were much better mentally and physically prepared for the Russian game and this was reflected in an improved performance," he said.

The girls now have a days rest before resuming training on Monday to prepare for Tuesdays game against Israel in Moscow where the girls have the chance to play in a more attacking style.

"Israel are like ourselves losing both their two games, but we have had to approach the first two games very defensively so we now have to change out team shape and the style will be more offensive as we are looking to get a result. We know we are in for hard game but we have a bit more belief after this recent performance," he said.

Alfie Wylie has taken a very young squad to Russia and the tournament will work as a learning curve for the girls as they continue to develop themselves for future tournaments.

"We have more than half the squad eligible to play again next year and what ourselves and I.F.A are trying to do is develop the girls and this will be a learning experience for the girls. What people have to remember is that the girls do not have a Milk Cup or an equivalent to schoolboy internationals to develop like the boys do in Northern Ireland and coming away to Russia is big cultural change for the girls," he concluded.



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Northern Ireland Vs. Israel
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2007, 11:52:50 PM »
Line Up - http://www.uefa.com/competitions/wunder19/fixturesresults/round=15039/match=300504/index.html


Events - http://www.uefa.com/competitions/wunder19/fixturesresults/round=15039/match=300504/report=ev.html

Final score -
4-3 Israel


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Player of the Match - Natasha McConville

Player of the Tournament - Catherine Hyndman
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Re: Northern Ireland Vs. Israel
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2007, 11:02:18 PM »
Line Up - http://www.uefa.com/competitions/wunder19/fixturesresults/round=15039/match=300504/index.html


Events - http://www.uefa.com/competitions/wunder19/fixturesresults/round=15039/match=300504/report=ev.html

Final score -
4-3 Israel


(no report)

Player of the Match - Natasha McConville

Player of the Tournament - Catherine Hyndman

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Re: Northern Ireland U19 - European First Qualifying Round
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2007, 09:18:57 PM »
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