Ireland U17s wonder women, says proud King

MANAGER Noel King has hailed the national U17 women’s team as the best in Ireland in any code after they secured a 1-0 victory over Canada in the FIFA World Cup on Thursday night.

A 75th minute strike from Siobhán Killeen gave King’s side victory over one of the women’s game’s major powers.

King said: “If there’s a better team in Ireland I don’t know it and you can throw in all the sports. I do not know a better team at coming back against the odds. The countries we’re playing against are mighty: Brazil, Canada, Sweden, Germany, Spain. This is a team we should be proud of.

Killeen’s rising shot to the top corner, her second goal of the tournament, was just part of a team effort in a fast and open game against the Canadians.

“I’m delighted, but I’m delighted for the team,” Killeen said. “It’s a goal, but everything that came before and after the goal is what won us the game. The goal is just the goal, it’s just one bit of play in the 95 minutes.

“It’s unbelievable from the girls. It was top notch and it shows what we are capable of and what we are going to do, hopefully, right up to the final.”

Ghana beat Brazil 1-0, leaving Ireland’s group finely poised with all four teams having a win apiece after two games. Ireland face Ghana on Monday when a win would guarantee them a place in the last eight.

Picture: Ireland manager Noel King leaves the dug-out after being sent to the stand. FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Group Stage, Republic of Ireland v Canada (SPORTSFILE).

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