Denmark 4-0 Republic of Ireland

The Republic of Ireland Women’s Under-19 side suffered a disappointing 4-0 friendly defeat by Denmark in their first game of the new campaign in Nykobing this evening.

After their run to the semi-finals of the UEFA WU19 Championships this summer, Dave Connell’s side are preparing for their new qualifying campaign which commences in September.

Despite the heavy score-line, Connell insists that the outcome was an unfair reflection on the Irish display as a whole.

“The final score didn’t reflect how we played but that’s football. We played some nice football and I’m happy with aspects of what we showed,” he said.

“It’s a learning curve for us and with a lot of new faces we have come here knowing that we have to start from scratch and get it sorted it for Sweden.

“We let in some bad goals and we’ll certainly learn from this. There were plenty of good individual displays from the likes of Roma McLaughlin, Lisa Casserly, Hayley Nolan, Aisling Frawley, Megan Connolly and Niamh Nelson, who came on for her debut and was very impressive too.

“Really there was a lot of positives we can take from it. We hit the post twice when we were 2-0 down and then had a very dubious penalty awarded against us after that which killed the game off.

“Denmark are obviously strong at this level but we were comfortable before they scored. They actually got both their first half goals on the counter-attack as we’d been comfortable in possession.”

Aisling Frawley struck an upright just before half-time after clever set-up play from Megan Connolly with the ball rebounding out and rolling across the goal-face.

Hayley Nolan had two good chances to pull one back also when she ran onto a through ball from Roma McLaughlin but shot straight at the keeper then early in the second half Nolan had a header that clipped the post.

After the third goal came from the penalty spot the Danes added a fourth with a deflected effort. The sides will meet again on Thursday.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Brooke Dunne, Keeva Keena, Savannah McCarthy, Shannon Carson, Rachel Doyle, Roma McLaughlin, Lisa Casserly, Hayley Nolan, Aisling Frawley, Megan Connolly, Jess Gargan. 

Subs: Niamh Nelson for Gargan 50, Sarah Jane McDonald for Doyle 50, Emma Byrne for Keenan 60, Ciara McNamara for Carson 80.