16 July – Netanya, Israel
An exciting start this morning to the National team’s pool play here in sunny Netanya versus England, the defending European Champions.
A tough game from the outset, England struck first. The Irish responded quickly with a goal from Nonie Anderson to tie the game 1-1 within the first 6 minutes. Momentum swung back and forth between Red and Green, with many changes of possession. Caroline Peters continued the positive momentum in the first half with an impressive first goal of many for her. She went on to very skillfully score all three of the Irish’s goals in the second half. Peter’s great game on attack was mirrored on defense by the talented goalkeeper, Delaney Friel, who ended the game with 12 saves.
The Green machine never lost hope, fighting hard until the final whistle ended their first game 5-14. While it might have been a loss, this is a great improvement from EC15 where the English poured in 23 goals to the Irish 4.
The Girls in Green turn around quickly to take on the Welsh next at 17:40 (IDT) on 17 July. The Welsh defeated Scotland 13-8 in a midday battle on 16 July.
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