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Louise keeps hosts in the hunt
 Women's Football Euros News - 13 Aug 2017
 
Euros News - Louise keeps hosts in the hunt - 13 Aug 2017 - Women's Football NewsNorthern Ireland battled back to earn themselves a 1-1 draw against Scotland in the second round of group matches in the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championships.
 
Both teams went into the game having been beaten in their openers and it was Northern Ireland who went close early on when Megan Bell curled a free kick just wide. Scotland hit back with Kirsty Hanson's chip drifting just over, Claire Adams' drive being touched onto the bar by Perry and Amy Gallacher firing narrowly wide but an evenly contested first half ended with the scoreline goalless.
 
Within a minute of the restart, Scotland opened the scoring when Gallacher played in Hanson on goal and she drilled a low shot past Lauren Perry to give her side the lead.
 
Northern Ireland responded to the setback with Rebecca Bassett shooting just wide but Scotland continued to look dangerous when going forward. Adams again tested Perry from distance with a strike which was tipped past the post and Donna Paterson headed inches over from a corner.
 
The host nation were not to be denied though and they battled back to level the scores with four minutes remaining. Megan Reilly's corner was met by Louise McDaniel who powered home a header from close range, to register Northern Ireland's first ever goal in a senior women's tournament.
 
Bassett might even have won it in injury time when her shot was saved by Rebecca Flaherty but both teams had to settle for a point which keeps them both in the tournament.
 
Germany meanwhile defeated Spain 2-0 with goals from Luca Maria Graf and Dina Orschmann to ensure that they have qualified for the semi finals with one match to play. This leaves Northern Ireland needing to beat Germany to stand any chance of going through, meanwhile if Scotland can repeat their senior team's victory over Spain last month, they will be likely to be in the last four.
 
England's place in the tournament also remains in the balance after they were beaten 2-0 by the Netherlands, who are already in the semi finals following this result.
 
The Oranje started strongly and took the lead with eleven minutes on the clock, Aniek Nouwen heading home a corner from Sabajo. It could have been two moments later, as a patient Dutch build up culimated with them feeding winger Ashleigh Weerden, who fired an effort over the bar.
 
Holland finished the first half strongly as Joelle Smits was denied by a good block from Grace Fisk, but Smits was to have the last laugh as she was put through by a Pelova pass and applied a calm finish for the second.
 
England came more into the game after the break but never really threatened a breakthrough against a well organised Dutch defence. They came closest to pulling a goal back when Niamh Charles just shot wide after exchanging passes with Ellie Brazil and Georgia Allen's shot was saved by Lize Kop, but the Netherlands never looked like surrendering their lead.
 
France cruised to a 6-1 victory over Italy in the other group game, meaning that Mo Marley's side must beat Les Bleuses in their final match if they are to go through to the semi finals.
 
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
 
(top) Ellie Brazil is tackled by Kay-Lee de Sanders
(bottom) Niamh Charles goes close for England

 

 
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