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Shine brace helps Raheny beat Sofia in Champions League

Updated: Monday, 11 Aug 2014 20:13 | Comments

The Irish champions are one point away from qualifying for the last-32 of this season's Champions League
The Irish champions are one point away from qualifying for the last-32 of this season's Champions League

Raheny 2-0 NSA Sofia

Raheny United extended their winning streak at the UEFA Women’s Champions League qualifying round with a 2-0 win over their Bulgarian counterparts NSA Sofia in Romania this afternoon.

Clare Shine netted twice for the Pandas in a game dominated by Raheny from the outset, her first goal coming in added-time of the first half with a header after latching on to a Katie McCabe long pass.

Shine completed her brace five minutes into the second half with an assist from Siobhan Killeen.

Ireland Women’s Under-19 star Keeva Keenan also made her debut for Raheny, the 17-year-old impressing in the Pandas' defence.

Speaking after the game, manager Casey McQuillan said: "This was a super win for us. Clare Shine definitely shone today, but she had a fantastic supporting cast in the rest of the girls.

"We are absolutely delighted with the result, but will keep our feet firmly on the ground until the job is done on Thursday."

Following Saturday's 2-1 victory over Olimpia Cluj, Raheny are now top of qualifying group 2 and take on Maltese side Hibernians in Clujana Stadium on Thursday at 4pm (Irish time).

A point would guarantee Raheny a place in the last 32 of the competition, which is straight knock-out from that point on.

Raheny United: Niamh Reid-Burke, Keeva Keenan, Niamh Walsh, Clare Shine (Danielle Sheehy 85), Pearl Slattery, Rebecca Creagh (C)(Lauren Dwyer 59), Rachel Graham, Katie McCabe, Noelle Murray, Siobhan Killeen, Clare Conlon (Shauna Newman 70).

NSA Sofia: Roksana Shahanska (GK), Evdokiya Popadiynova, Stanislava Tsekova (Yoana Papazova 60), Iliyana Topalova, Valentina Asenova, Silvia Radoyska (C), Velina Koshuleva, Nelly Atanasova, Simona Petkova (Kristin Krasteva 93), Monika Razhgeva, Valentina Gospodinova (Mariyana Gagova 73).

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