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The 20 photographs that tell the story of the UEFA Women's U19 European Championships

 

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At the end of it all, Spain were the side celebrating as the won the celebrate their UEFA Women’s U19 European Championship thanks to a 3-2 final victory over France.

At the end of it all, Spain were the side celebrating as the won the celebrate their UEFA Women’s U19 European Championship thanks to a 3-2 final victory over France.

It had begun for the Spanish against this lot - the Northern Ireland team - who fittingly played the would-be winners on the opening day at the National Stadium at Windsor Park.

It had begun for the Spanish against this lot - the Northern Ireland team - who fittingly played the would-be winners on the opening day at the National Stadium at Windsor Park.

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Northern Ireland captain Emma McMaster impressed in the heart of defence against the eventual champions.

Northern Ireland captain Emma McMaster impressed in the heart of defence against the eventual champions.

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And Leyla McFarland showed her speed, whipping in a cross against Spain's Ona Battle Pascual

And Leyla McFarland showed her speed, whipping in a cross against Spain's Ona Battle Pascual

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Next up for NI was Scotland. Brenna McPartlan came up against Scotland's Claire Adams amid a Titanic tussle.

Next up for NI was Scotland. Brenna McPartlan came up against Scotland's Claire Adams amid a Titanic tussle.

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And what a night it would be as Louise McDaniel netted Northern Ireland first ever women's goal at a major tournament.

And what a night it would be as Louise McDaniel netted Northern Ireland first ever women's goal at a major tournament.

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It wasn't hard to see just what it meant to Louise and the whole team.

It wasn't hard to see just what it meant to Louise and the whole team.

The Northern Ireland players rush to the dugout to celebrate the historic goal with the staff. It really was a team effort.

The Northern Ireland players rush to the dugout to celebrate the historic goal with the staff. It really was a team effort.

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Northern Ireland's players receive the applause after securing a 1-1 draw with Scotland at Mourneview Park.

Northern Ireland's players receive the applause after securing a 1-1 draw with Scotland at Mourneview Park.

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That was to be as good as it got as Northern Ireland's tournament ended with a 6-0 defeat to Germany.

That was to be as good as it got as Northern Ireland's tournament ended with a 6-0 defeat to Germany.

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Goalkeepers in the women's game are sometimes said to be weak links - that was certainly proved wrong at the tournament.

Goalkeepers in the women's game are sometimes said to be weak links - that was certainly proved wrong at the tournament.

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French players show what reaching the final means after they saw of Germany 2-1.  Photo by William Cherry/Presseye

French players show what reaching the final means after they saw of Germany 2-1. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye

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France's Helene Fercocq celebrates reaching the final and signs some autographs as she enjoys her spell in the spotlight.  Photo by William Cherry/Presseye

France's Helene Fercocq celebrates reaching the final and signs some autographs as she enjoys her spell in the spotlight. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye

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Joy: France’s Helene Fercocq savours the moment after her side's semi-final win.

Joy: France’s Helene Fercocq savours the moment after her side's semi-final win.

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Netherlands and goal-scorer Victoria Pelova did push Spain in the other semi-final...

Netherlands and goal-scorer Victoria Pelova did push Spain in the other semi-final...

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But Spain weren't going to let their place in the final slide - and they edged to win 3-2.

But Spain weren't going to let their place in the final slide - and they edged to win 3-2.

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The Spanish were too good in the final too. This goal from Patricia Guijarro made it 2-3 and sealed the tournament. There could be no more fitting a winner as Guijarro finished as the tournament's top scorer.

The Spanish were too good in the final too. This goal from Patricia Guijarro made it 2-3 and sealed the tournament. There could be no more fitting a winner as Guijarro finished as the tournament's top scorer.

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When a tournament-deciding goal comes in the final minute, you celebrate.

When a tournament-deciding goal comes in the final minute, you celebrate.

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Congratulations Spain - the UEFA Women's Under 19 European Champions

Congratulations Spain - the UEFA Women's Under 19 European Champions

But if you don't mind, these girls are still our team of the tournament.

But if you don't mind, these girls are still our team of the tournament.

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At the end of it all, Spain were the side celebrating as the won the celebrate their UEFA Women’s U19 European Championship thanks to a 3-2 final victory over France.

The came, they played and Spain conquered. Now all the fun and games of the UEFA Women's U19 European Championships are over.

Who of the crowd at Mourneview Park will forget Louise McDaniel's historic strike for hosts Northern Ireland - or the late, late tournament winner from Spain forward Patricia Guijarro at Windsor Park?

Have a flick through the 20 photographs that sum up what has been a thrilling tournament across Northern Ireland.

And if you haven't already, have a read at how Spain laid to rest the ghost of last season's final defeat:

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