RESULTS: One win and one loss for Ireland U17 Women v Wales U23

RESULTS: One win and one loss for Ireland U17 Women v Wales U23

  • Jul 01,2017

The Ireland Under 17 women's team travelled to Cardiff this weekend to play a two-game international friendly series against the Wales Under 23 team. 

Head Coach, Pat O'Neill, lined out two squads against the Welsh side and finished the weekend with one win and one loss. 

Ireland U17 Women - Results 

Saturday 1st July

Wales U23 61-57 Ireland U17 Squad 1


Sunday 2nd July

Wales U23 39-44 Ireland U17 Squad 2


Ireland U17 Women - Detailed Results 

Game 2 - Sunday, July 2nd

Wales U23: 39

Ireland U17: 44

Ireland Under 17 Women's team (Squad 2) secured a fantastic five-point win over Wales U23 squad this afternoon to finish the friendly series on one win apiece. 

This match was a defensive affair with low scoring in each of the quarters. However, it still provided some thrilling basketball. The game started with both teams playing a tight man defence and Ireland shaded it, leading 11-8 at the end of the first. The second quarter was back and forth with all twelve players seeing the court, and Ireland held on to a slim one point lead at the half 20-19. 

Ireland started the third with a zone press and Wales struggled to get the ball over the half. Pushing the lead out to 5 points having forced turnovers and converted, Ireland worked hard to ensure Wales didn't get back into game. The fourth see-sawed with Ireland ensuring that they kept playing with intensity and hitting shots when they needed to. The travelling supporters were vocal and sensing Ireland were edging the win, provided a home atmosphere to finish the game, with Ireland up by five - 44-39. 

Speaking afterwards, Head Coach Pat O'Neill said: "It has been a great series with two very close games. Today we saw a reverse of yesterday's result which was deserved. It was wonderful to see so many new internationals get on court and contribute. We have a lot to work on, but these games have served to provide a baseline and I feel the players have showed how far hard work and determination can take them. Now we need to take the lessons and work to address these. Next up will be Great Britain U16s in Dublin next Saturday, they are in the final stages of selection and will provide a very stern test - but we are looking forward to the challenge. "

Game 1 - Saturday, July 1st

Wales U23: 61

Ireland U17: 57

After travelling to Cardiff today, the Ireland U17 Women's first squad lost a very close game to the Welsh U23's.
A nervous start from both sides saw Ireland settle quicker towards the end of the first quarter and go five up. The second quarter was very similar and again a strong finish utilising a full court press and forcing turnovers ensured that five point lead was maintained. It was 37 - 32 to Ireland at the half. The third was a different affair with Wales raising their intensity and Ireland showing their youth at times. Going into the fourth Ireland were down two. Wales kept up the pressure and the strength and fitness levels were a telling factor.  Down eight with three minutes to go, a surge from the Irish ensured an exciting finish. It was down to three at one point but Wales held on for a four point win. It finished 61-57 to Wales.

Speaking afterwards, Head Coach Pat O'Neill stated: "While I am disappointed with a loss, there were so many positives to take from the game. We knew coming that the Welsh were experienced having had games against Scotland earlier in the year and that their size and strength would provide a great test for our ladies. Tomorrow we get a chance for twelve more players to experience international competition and we are looking to reverse the result. "

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