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NORTHERN IRELAND U17 WOMEN WIN GROUP

Release Date: 15/09/2012

Author: Michelle Harris

NORTHERN Ireland U17 Women qualified for the next phase of the UEFA European Championships after a 4-1 victory over Israel tonight at The Showgrounds, Coleraine.

Alison Nicholl's side got off to a flying start after a quarter-of-an-hour when Chloe McCarron received the ball 25 yards out, spotted the Israeli goalkeeper off the line and superbly dipped it in under the crossbar.

McCarron struck again ten minutes later with a 25-yard lob to double Northern Ireland's lead.

A few minutes later Aoife Curran tested the 'keeper from distance but her effort went wide.

Then, a minute from the break, Annie Timoney worked the ball well down the right to find Amy Burden who then controlled, turned and fired past Fortuna Rubin to make it 3-0 at the break.

Saja Ibrahim pulled one back for Israel a minute from the hour in similar fashion to McCarron's first half opener.

But, with five minutes remaining, Aimee Macklin restored Northern Ireland's three goal cushion with a low drive into the corner after Timoney had created the opening from a counter-attack.

And it was nearly 5-1 a minute from time after Samantha Kelly burst into the box after beating two defenders only to see her effort well saved.

Northern Ireland: Burns, McFarland, Doherty, Sheridan, McCarron, Curran, Burden, Feehan, Timoney, Mackin, Forbes subs Poots (not used), McGivern (not used), Dane (replaced Forbes 68), Kelly (replaced Feehan 63), Myles (not used), Wright (replaced Burden 77)

Italy defeated England 4-1 at Ballymena in the other Group Two game tonight to finish runners-up.

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  • 3 Goal Scorers

    Northern Irelands Goal Scorers Amy Burden (1), Chloe McCarron (2) and Aimee Mackin (1)

    Pic: Gary Hancock

  • Squad and Staff

    Northern Ireland's Under 17 Women's Squad and Staff celebrate after topping the group with a 4-1 victory over Israel

    Pic: Gary Hancock

  • Alison Nicholl

    Northern Ireland under 17's Women's Manager Alison Nicholl celebrates after her team wins tonights match 4-1 against Israel and the group.

    Pic: Gary Hancock

  • Noel Mitchell

    Northern Ireland Coach Noel Mitchell watches intensely as his team cruise to a 4-1 win over Israel

    Pic: Gary Hancock

  • Catherine Sheridan

    Northern Irelands Catherine Sheridan skips over Israels Shai Pearl's tackle.

    Pic: Gary Hancock

  • Annie Timoney

    Northern Irelands Annie Timoney in action in tonights game.

    Pic: Gary Hancock

  • AoFIE CURRAN

    Northern Ireland Captain Aoife Curran shows Israel's Dalia Dakwar a clean pair of heels.

    Pic: Gary Hancock

  • Amy Burden

    Northern Ireland Goalscorer Amy Burden awaits the final whistle in tonights game

    Pic: Gary Hancock

  • Jessica Poots

    Reserve Keeper Jessica Poots concentrates on tonights game.

    Pic: Gary Hancock

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