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Wylie drawing comfort as Northern Ireland's U-19 girls frustrate their neighbours

By Adam McKendry

Northern Ireland's under-19 women battled to a 1-1 draw with cross-border rivals the Republic of Ireland in Armagh yesterday.

Caitlyn Hamilton opened the scoring after just five minutes, but the Northern Irish girls were pegged back on the half hour mark through a Republic equaliser.

In a tight second half, heavily affected by the tough conditions, Chloe Orr and Brenna McPartlan went close to snatching a victory for the hosts, but in the end they had to settle for the draw.

"It was a very pleasing performance and we are now unbeaten in our last three games," manager Alfie Wylie commented.

"Today was a good all-round performance, with good technical awareness from every player."

Meanwhile, in the Danske Bank Women's Premiership, a brace from Kirsty McGuinness helped Linfield Ladies to the perfect start to their title defence as they defeated Sion Swifts 5-2.

Cliftonville Ladies and Newry City Ladies also picked up opening wins, defeating Ballymena United All-Stars and Crusaders Strikers respectively.

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