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On Saturday, the Ballymena Showgrounds played host to an Under-17 women's International Challenge Match between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The game had the distinction of being a curtain raiser to the Dale Farm Milk Cup and followed the inaugural women's one day football festival featuring ten teams from across the country in a 7-a-side Under-13 competition.
The game remained goalless until the 55th minute when the visitors went 1-0 up with a goal from Tiegan Ruddy. The Republic of Ireland then added a second two minutes from time through Niamh Sheehan to seal a 2-0 victory on the day.
The game provided an extremely useful exercise for Alison Nicholl's Under-17 side as they continue their preparations for the UEFA European Under-17 Women's Championship qualifying round in FYR Macedonia later this year.
Northern Ireland will take on the hosts on 28th September, before further games against Bosnia & Herzegovina on 30th September and Italy on 3rd October.
Northern Ireland squad: Caiomhe Callaghan (Linfield), Lauren Currie (Portadown), Brooke Baine (Crusaders), Lauren Robson (Linfield), Blaithin Mackin (Newry), Megan Beattie (Crusaders), Chloe Orr (Mid Ulster), Rebecca Bassett (Glentoran), Katie Martin (Glentoran), Emma McMaster (Newry), Yasmin White (Glentoran), Caitlyn Hamilton (Dungoyne), Louise Crawford (Linfield), Aine Smith (Ballynahinch), Emma Harper (Killen), Ellie Rix (Ferman).
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