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Thursday 08 Feb 2018
Turks prove too strong for girls in green

Northern Ireland Women's Under-17s finished their trip to Turkey with two defeats.

The results didn't go in their favour but manager Noel Mitchell was happy to see new faces introduced into the international set-up. 

In the opening game Northern Ireland started the better with Breckyn Monteith, who plays her football for Charlotte Academy in America, testing the Turkish goalkeeper. 

They went behind after 14 minutes and were 2-0 down at half-time, and two further goals followed to ensure a 4-0 defeat in the opening game. 

In the second match two goals in two second half minutes sealed the fate of the U17s after they had battled well to keep themselves in touch at 1-0.

Mitchell said afterwards: "In the first match we stayed together as a squad despite the scoreline and I was happy with that. We made improvements in the second game and I thought we deserved more from it.

"This is a new squad and I feel this will help us continue to prepare for the qualifying rounds of the Under-17 European Championships in Greece in October."

Northern Ireland Squad: Maddison Harvey-Clifford (Crusaders), Caitlin Hannah Rae (Linfield), Kirsty Cameron (Linfield), Toni-Leigh Finnegan (Cliftonville), Eirinn Canavan (Cliftonville), Breckyn Monteith (Charlotte Academy), Kerry Beattie (Glentoran), Leah McEvoy (Cliftonville), Carla Devine (Cliftonville), Dannielle Maxwell (Carmoney Ladies), Beth Chalmers (Crusaders), Jenna Corry (Lisburn Ladies), Joely Andrews (Glentoran), Casey Howe (Linfield), Avenley Monteith (Charlotte Academy), Aimee-Lee Peachy (Glentoran), Sadie Craig (Shrewsbury FC), Faith Johnston (Crusaders).