There was cause for celebration for the Irish U-17 women’s team last week when it was confirmed they had secured their place in this summer’s UEFA European Championships which will be held in Iceland.
The Irish team, which included Mohill’s Dearbhaile Beirne who featured in all three matches, had an anxious wait for confirmation that they had qualified as the best runner-up from the Elite Qualifying phase.
Ireland were drawn in a difficult group with European heavyweights England and the Netherlands while their final games was against Hungary.
The three game elite qualifying phase saw Ireland get off to the best possible start when they recorded an impressive 2-0 win over England and they followed that excellent result with an encouraging 0-0 draw with the Netherlands meaning automatic qualification was a very real possibility prior to last Tuesday’s game against Hungary.
Ireland were surprisingly held to a scoreless draw with the Hungarians but their record against the teams finishing first and second in the group - England and the Netherlands - meant they secured the position as the best runners-up out of the six groups in the Elite Phase.