RESULTS: Ireland U20 Women's team compete in Slovakia

RESULTS: Ireland U20 Women's team compete in Slovakia

  • Jun 26,2017

The Ireland Under 20 Women’s team travelled to Samarin in Slovakia this week for two international friendlies on June 28th and 29th.

You can view the Ireland U20 Women's squad here

Ireland Under 20 Women's results:

Wednesday, June 28th

Slovakia 95-56 Ireland

Thursday, June 29th

Slovakia 84-44 Ireland

Ireland Under 20 Women's Detailed Results:

Game 2 - Thursday, June 29th 

Slovakia: 84

Ireland: 44

From a defensive point of view, Ireland started better in their second game, working hard to close down the offensive arsenal that Slovakia possess. For the first four minutes, they made the home side work very hard for their scores, but struggles for the Irish on offensive saw Slovakia take a 30-12 lead by the end of the first. 

Lapses in concentration allowed Slovakia to maintain the lead in the second. Though Ireland's press break worked much better than it had the day before, they still struggled to get the their offense working efficiently. Shot opportunities were few and Slovakia held the lead at the break, 49-21. 

Another change of defence by Ireland in the third quarter proved to be a challenge for Slovakia for a time, but Ireland only managed to score four points, making 2/13 from the field to trail 65-25 going into the last.

The fourth was the quarter where Ireland stepped up offensively, but slow movement of the ball and and getting out rebounded saw Ireland being punished and Slovakia took the win in the end, 84-44.

Speaking afterwards, Coach Maeve Coleman said: "Our two games in Slovakia haven been a very worthwhile experience and very beneficial as we prepare to head to Israel next week. The weak areas of our game were exposed consistently and we need to correct this next week. All in all a very good three days."

Top scorers Ireland: Anna Kelly 22, Katie Whelan 11, Aoife O'Halloran 6

Game 1 - Wednesday, June 28th

Slovakia: 95 

Ireland: 56 

Ireland's first game in Slovakia got underway with a bang, as the Slovakian team set an explosive pace from the off, running into an 18-4 lead within the first five minutes. 

Ireland struggled with finishing and not boxing out and Slovakia had 14 points in the paint by the end of the first to lead 31-11. A change of defence by Ireland in the second slowed the Slovakian offence and kept them to nine points scored in the first half half of the second quarter. Momentum swung once more, with Ireland losing concentration and allowing Slovakia to run in 10 points on fast break due to careless turnovers to see them into a 57-21 point lead at half time. 

A much better third quarter display by Ireland saw defensive positioning, boxing out and turnovers improved, but Slovakia kept their lead, going into the fourth with a 77-40 point cushion. 

Although Ireland could not close the gap, in the fourth, a more aggressive Ireland played full court man, pressuring the ball when they could and challenged all shots to finish on a full-time score of 95-56 in favour of the hosts.

Speaking afterwards, Coach Maeve Coleman stated: "The Slovakian game has shown us many areas that need to be worked on over the next few days. We were too slow to start and gave them way too much time on the ball. Converting lay-ups, free throws and limiting our turnovers are key to us improving our performance when we play Slovakia again tomorrow."

Top scorers Ireland: Anna Kelly 22, Ciara Wheeler 11, Aoife O'Halloran 5, Nicole Clancy 5, Ash McCann 5

Half time score: Slovakia 57-21 Ireland

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