Northern Ireland Under-19s 0-2 Republic of Ireland Under-19s
Dave Connell's Republic of Ireland Women’s Under-19 side made it two wins in three days against Northern Ireland with a 2-0 victory at the Queen’s University Sports Grounds in Belfast as two goals in three first-half minutes proved decisive for the visitors.
With 10 changes to the team that defeated Northern Ireland 3-0 at the AUL Complex in Dublin in the first game of the double-header series on Wednesday, this was another polished performance from Ireland.
Connell’s decision to utilise all his playing options over the two games paid dividends ahead of the 2021-22 UEFA Women’s Under-19 European Championship qualifiers in the autumn when Northern Ireland, England and Switzerland will provide the opposition.
Cork City striker Laura Shine fired Ireland in front in the 36th minute as she bundled the ball across the line after an initial shot from Emily Corbett caused havoc in the six-yard box after Meghan Carr had teed Aoife Cronin up for a great cross.
Three minutes later, Treaty United’s Jenna Slattery, who impressed at centre-half, slotted home from the penalty spot after Olivia Gibson was bundled over in the box by Northern Ireland defender Shona Davis.
Northern Ireland's best chance fell to Keri Halliday, but she blazed over in the 77th minute.