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The future's bright for my girls, says Northern Ireland coach Alfie Wylie

Northern Ireland 0 - 6 Germany

By Laure James

The Women's Under-19 Euros came to an end for Northern Ireland last night, as they slumped to a 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Germany, but they have left their mark on the game.

"These players' careers don't end tonight, quite the opposite," boss Alfie Wylie said.

"People will be talking about these girls, writing about them and covering their progress as top players for Northern Ireland, and hopefully playing across the water as well, for years to come."

Northern Ireland's impressive performance against Scotland earned them their first ever point and goal at a women's finals tournament, at any level.

"I am very proud of everything the girls have done," Wylie added.

"It's been a good tournament for us, we got a point and a goal and it's been a wonderful experience for us.

"It's been a privilege to be part of it, and I think likewise we've been good for the tournament, bringing over 7,400 supporters in total attendances to the games.

"Our staff and players have worked exceptionally hard and can hold their heads very high."

Die Frauen-Mannschaft hit Northern Ireland early on with a goal inside five minutes, Klara Bühl firing in the rebound from Lauren Perry's block to deny Kristin Kögel.

Annalena Rieke's effort produced a fantastic save from Perry, before skipper Janina Minge came close with a rasping shot within the box.

Resting players ahead of their semi-final with France, Maren Meinart made six changes to the starting XI which defeated Spain. Katja Orschmann earned a place in the starting line-up alongside twin sister Dina, who tested Yasmin White's reactions on a number of occasions.

Lone striker Emily Wilson saw very little of the ball, while the defence strived to keep Germany at bay, but found themselves fighting a losing battle.

Bühl netted a second on 25 minutes, converting Katja Orschmann's low pass as Teresa Burns lunged to intercept, before Rieke added a third three minutes later, Anna Gerhardt the provider.

Her square ball was lined up for the USV centre-forward to drive past Perry.

With a burst of pace on the left, San Diego-based Leyla McFarland looked to begin a counter-attack, but Wilson was eventually outpaced by Sarai Linder before she could connect with the American's forward pass.

Germany threw on two of their tournament's leading goalscorers, Laura Friegang and Luca Maria Graf, at half-time, continuing to test Northern Ireland.

Teresa Burns was able to kick away a loose ball which bobbled in the goalmouth on 54 minutes, before Megan Reilly did well to close down Kögel.

Nevertheless, Germany were not satisfied to turn down the tempo, adding a fourth through Kögel before Caroline Siems tapped in from close range.

Burns' outstanding challenge on Kögel in the area on 84 minutes was heart-stopping but perfectly executed, before the crowd of over 1,700 leapt out of their seats as Brenna McPartlan and McFarland kicked on down the left, but to no avail.

It took seconds for Germany to react, Gerhardt's low angled drive proving too much for the defence.

GERMANY: Pauels, D Orschmann (Siems, 60), K Orschmann, Schoppl, Minge (Friegang, 46), Kögel, Bühl (Graf, 46), Gerhardt, Linder, Pawollek, Rieke.

Subs not used: Fischer, Kleinherne, Gwinn.

NORTHERN IRELAND: Perry, Moore, McMaster, Burns, McPartlan, Bell, Wilson (McDaniel, 73), Reilly, McFarland (Beggs, 89), White, Magee (Orr, 46).

Subs not used: McCaughtry, Robson, Bassett, Coppel.

Scorers: Bühl (6, 25), Rieke (28), Kögel (58), Siems (62), Gerhardt (85)

Referee: Justina Lavrenovaite (Lithuania)

Attendance: 1,783

Match rating: 6/10

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