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Graham Shaw's girls on the brink of European promotion

By Staff Reporter

Ireland have topped their Pool at the European Championship II tournament after chalking up their third successive victory with a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic in Prague yesterday.

Graham Shaw's team now meet Belarus in tomorrow's semi-finals (4.45pm) when a win will earn promotion to Europe's top-flight.

Ards striker Chloe Brown got her second goal of the series when she broke the deadlock after three minutes.

Megan Frazer, Brown and Nicci Daly all had shots saved by the Czech keeper before Ulster Elks player Shirley McCay drove in a penalty corner in the 31st minute to make it 2-0.

The inevitable third goal arrived 15 minutes from the end when Emily Beatty converted a cross.

Meanwhile, Ireland's U16s girls produced another battling display at the Six Nations series in Bremen only to go down 1-0 to England.

The Irish U16 boys lost 5-1 to Spain and now face Belgium today (10.15am). Also in action today are the Irish U21s, who take on Germany (8.45am).

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