Ireland Under 18 Women Competition camp in Calais

Ireland Under 18 Women Competition camp in Calais

Game 1:  Ireland 1 England 6

Ireland were given a lesson in circle play for offensively and defensively as what was
otherwise an even and competitive game ended as a chastening experience.
Ireland conceded early but had maybe the better of a first half in which they created
numerous chances.

The second half started in a similarly sloppy fashion and they conceded twice early.
Milla Fulton pulled one back to give Ireland some reward for their attacking endeavours but
an England goal at the end of the quarter restored the 3 goal gap.

Two goals in the final minutes added to their disappointment.

Game 2:  Ireland 2 France 1

Ireland entered the game determined to implement some of the defensive lessons from the
previous day, Gabbi Scott gave Ireland the lead early on with a great reverse strike from a turnover,
Ireland performed much better and had chances to go further ahead but were stung with a
sucker punch in the second quarter as France equalised.

The game was not level for long however as Isobel Field scored a screamer on the reverse.
Ireland controlled the second half without adding to their lead, even dealing with 11 French
outfield players whilst having 8 of their own (discipline lessons to be learned).

After the day before it was an important to see the level of defensive intensity increase.


Game 3:  Ireland 2 Belgium 2

Ireland came from 2 down to snatch a draw against a strong Belgian team who had drawn
with England the day before.

Belgium scored early and followed it up with a second quarter corner goal.

Ireland struck back at the start of the third quarter when Gabbi Scott was fouled when one
on one with the keeper.

Scott took the stroke herself and made it 2-1.