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Wylie thrilled as his girls enjoy perfect U19 Euro build-up

 

By Emma Patterson

Northern Ireland's women's Under-19 team chalked up an impressive 4-0 win against their Welsh counterparts yesterday in the second leg of their Super CupNI double-header.

Head coach Alfie Wylie said he "couldn't have asked for more from the girls" and that "four goals and a clean sheet shows just how good a side we are".

In their last warm-up game before they host the Women's Under-19 European Championships in a fortnight, the girls in green backed up a 3-1 first-leg victory with another clinical performance at the Ballymena Showgrounds.

Northern Ireland captain Emma McMaster rifled into the back of the net in just the eighth minute. With their tails up, Northern Ireland dominated and Mid-Ulster Ladies striker Rebecca Bassett doubled the lead when she fired into the bottom left corner.

Just eight minutes later, Bassett scored her side's third with another assured finish.

It was Louise McDaniel's turn next as she tapped home after a goalmouth scramble to ensure a four-goal advantage at the break.

Wales put on a more dogged defensive display in the second half, managing to contain a lively home side and keep the deficit to four.

But with four goals and a clean sheet, Wylie and his team have had the perfect build-up to their opening game of the U19 Euros against Spain (August 8, Windsor Park).

He said, "We're absolutely delighted, four really excellent goals and a clean sheet.

"We didn't build on it in the second half but Wales had no real shots on target. We showed that we can score goals as well as be disciplined.

"It's not often Northern Ireland win a trophy. We're honoured to win, there are lots of famous clubs and countries that win trophies at the SuperCup and it's fantastic to add our name to that list now.

"We have 24 excellent players and this week I select 18 from those, so it is hard because lots of girls have played very well.

"We can't fault anybody for their efforts, there are some heartbreaking decisions to be made."

Northern Ireland U19s: McCaughtry (Callaghan 58), Moore, McMaster (c) (8), Burns (Izzy Coppell 83), Orr (Abbie Magee, 45), McPartlan, Riley (Beattie 45), White, Bell, McDaniel (43) (Beggs 73), Bassett (13, 21) (Wilson 67). Unused Subs: Robson, McFarland, Burrows.

Wales U19s: Gibbon (c), Morgan (Pike 81), Dukes (Jenkins 27), Thomas, Chivers, Woodham (Lake 45), Morris, Powell, Williams (Deacon 64), Bevan (Evan Watkins 45), Davies. Unused Subs: Gane, Watson, Williams, Poole .

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