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Monday 02 Oct 2017
2-0 win for Under 17 Women against Georgia

Northern Ireland’s Women's Under-17s ended their UEFA European Women's U17 Championship qualifying campaign on a high with a 2-0 defeat of Georgia at Municipal Sergio Conceicao in Coimbra, Portugal.

Megan Bell grabbed both goals, one in each half, as Alison Nicholl's side overturned earlier defeats to Austria and Portugal to finish third in Group Ten.

The Linfield Ladies central midfielder opened the scoring on the half-hour mark after Rebecca McKenna floated the ball over from a corner. 

Then, on 49 minutes, she doubled her tally in similar circumstances with Leah McEvoy supplying the set piece on this occasion. 

Indeed, Bell might well have claimed the match ball after missing a seventh minute spot-kick awarded after Georgian defender Nino Gurielidze was penalised for a foul.

Earlier in the week Northern Ireland lost 9-0 to group winners Austria. Trailing narrowly at the break most of the damage was done in the second half as the blistering heat took its toll on the girls.

The campaign got off to a promising start with a slender defeat to hosts Portugal. 

Telma Encarnacao opened the scoring after just two minutes but McEvoy levelled on 46 minutes only for Encarnacao to restore Portugal's lead eight minutes later.

The girls now must wait on results elsewhere to see if their efforts are enough to book an Elite Round berth as one of the best third placed finishers