Donegal youngster inspires Irish U17s to vital win

Donegal’s Amy Boyle Carr got the only goal of the game as the Republic of Ireland U17 ladies team beat Azerbaijan 1-0 in Germany on Sunday.

The win means Colin Bell’s team, kept their hopes alive of qualifying for the 2018 UEFA European Women’s U17 Championship

The team play their final match on Wedneday morning against reigning champions and hosts Germany and must win again to top the group and claim the one qualifying spot.

Donegal’s Tyler Toland is also part of the Irish squad.

After a 2-1 loss to Iceland in their first match, Colin Bell’s side knew a win was needed if the side was to have any chance of qualifying for May’s tournament in Lithuania.

Speaking after the match, Head Coach Colin Bell said his side were full value for the win.

“It was important to win the match after the Iceland defeat. The girls were a little nervous in the first-half. We tried to settle them down at half-time and looked far better in the second-half.

“Amy found herself in a good space and shot past the Azerbaijani goalkeeper into the bottom corner. After that, we had chances to score a second. Azerbaijan only had one chance near the end of the game. The win was well deserved.”