Goals from Alexandra Collighan and Megan Bell helped Northern Ireland Women U19s ease past a dogged Hungary in the second of two challenge matches.
The sides drew 2-2 in game one at the Riada Stadium in Ballymoney on Monday night, however Northern Ireland proved too strong for the Hungarians at the same venue last night.
Northern Ireland started on the front foot and quickly carved out a couple of openings.
Hungary goalkeeper Anna Terestyenyi had to be on her toes to repel a couple of attacks before Collighan, who plays for Chichester City Ladies, opening the scoring in the 30th minute.
Alfie Wylie’s side continued to press and had a couple of chances to increase their lead as the half wore on.
Hungary also created chances but Northern Ireland goalkeeper Lauren Currie kept them at bay.
The game was pretty even at the start of the second half but eventually the girls in green began to exert pressure.
And they got their second goal in the 76th minute when Megan Bell pounced. Bell, who also scored in the first match, produced a fine finish to make it 2-0 – and that’s how it finished.
Northern Ireland: Lauren Currie (Glentoran Women), Yasmin White (Glentoran Women), Naomi Donnan (Linfield Ladies), Kelsie Burrows (Linfield Ladies), Caitlyn Hamilton (Crusaders Strikers), Rebecca McKenna (Linfield Ladies), Megan Bell (Linfield Ladies), Emily Wilson (Crusaders Strikers), Louise McDaniel (Linfield Ladies), Khloe Cooper (Bradford City Women), Zoe Kilpatrick (Linfield Ladies). Substitutes: (used) Alexandra Collighan (Chichester City Ladies) for Cooper 26’, Aine Smyth (Ballynahinch) for Burrows 45’, Chloe Atkins (Unattached) for Wilson 85’, Jenna McKearney (Glentoran Women) for Louise McDaniel 92’; (not used) Erin Cunningham (Carnmoney Ladies), Kaitlyn Canavan (Motherwell), Abbie Robinson (Crusaders Strikers).
Image: Megan Bell, seen here playing for the Senior Women against Norway, grabbed a goal for the Women’s U19s against Hungary last night.