TYLER TOLAND PLAYED as the Republic of Ireland Women’s U-16s started their UEFA Development tournament with a 2-0 victory over Slovakia today.
Toland is from St Johnston and is the daughter of former Finn Harps player Maurice Toland. Amy Boyle-Carr, who hails from Glenties and plays for Donegal Town, was also part of the squad.
The Irish team dominated the game in spite of the Hungarian heat and a tricky opponent, but this victory sets them up well for Tuesday’s clash with Bosnia & Herzegovina and Thursday’s game against Hungary.
There were certainly plenty of positives to take from the opening performance, particularly the coolness displayed by goalscorers Carla McManus and Heather Payne.
The work that Boyle has been doing with this group was clear to see as they were confident in possession of the ball, swift in their movement, and constantly looking to push forward.
McManus, who came on as s substitute, opened the scoring on 76 minutes when she ghosted past two defenders to fire in. Then Payne sealed the win when reacting first to a free-kick from Aoife Lynagh to clip it into the back of the net.
Republic of Ireland: Turner; Lambe (Fensom 70), Fennell (Grier h-t), Ruddy (Lynagh 76), Doyle, Toland, Lawlor (Cully 37), Baynes, O’Donoghue (McManus h-t), Mackey, Payne.
Slovakia: Gyomraiova; Papiernikova, Kratochvilova, Kalaberova, Srnkova, Patkova, Panakova, Dianiskova, Macugova, Karaffova, Ninajova.