Mohill’s Dearbhaile Beirne was selected for the Irish U-19 team for two friendlies against Scotland last week and she scored the Irish goal in the first of two matches as she made the step up having represented Ireland at U-17 level at this summer’s European Championships in Iceland.
The first encounter between the sides was last Tuesday in Listowel and Dearbhaile Beirne was very much to the fore for the Irish.
She saw an early header crash off the Scottish crossbar but didn’t have to wait long for her first goal at this level.
The deadlock was broken in the 30th minute when an advantage was played by the referee and Keeva Keenan’s pass found Zoe McGlynn who played in Beirne.
She cut in past the defender and placed a low ball to the corner of the net.
The Scottish team equalised in the 54th minute to ensure a share of the spoils.
Beirne, who played 60 minutes before being substituted was again named in the starting line-up when the sides met again two days later in Tulla, Co Clare.
The second encounter between the sides finished 1-1 once again as the Irish team continue their preparations for the forthcoming UEFA WU19 Championships qualifying round.
Scotland took an early lead from an 11th minute free-kick but Ireland equalised with a headed goal from team captain Savannah McCarthy before half-time.
Scotland were reduced to 10 players before the interval but Ireland were unable to secure a winner.
Ireland continue their preparations and will play a friendly against Northern Ireland at the AUL Complex this evening, Wednesday, at 5pm.