Jun 8, 2018
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The Netherlands recorded a cushty victory at Shamrock Park

Northern Eire’s hopes of reaching subsequent 12 months’s Girls’s World Cup are over following a heavy defeat by the Netherlands.

Bayern Munich’s Lineth Beerensteyn scored the one purpose of a cagey first half.

The hosts have been nonetheless within the sport earlier than quick-fire strikes from Danielle van de Donk and Shanice van de Sanden.

Sherida Spitse and Jackie Groenen have been additionally on track because the reigning European champions stay high of Group C.

Given the standard of opposition, Alfie Wylie’s facet opted to drop deep in defence and tried to crowd out the Dutch within the remaining third.

The tactic did look like irritating the Netherlands, who have been restricted largely to long-range efforts.

Spitse compelled Jackie Burns in to a low save from a free-kick early on earlier than going shut once more moments later.

With seven gamers stationed in or round their very own field, Northern Eire have been guaranteeing that the potent Dutch assault was largely nullified from inside 18 yards.

The hosts got a warning on the half-hour mark when Lieke Martens struck the put up with a low 25-yard drive.

5 minutes later winger Beerensteyn opened the scoring with an nearly equivalent effort, evading the dive of Burns.

House possibilities at a premium

With a lot dedicated to the defensive effort, Northern Eire struggled to make an impression on the Dutch again line.

Their finest alternative got here with the scores at 0-Zero when Julie Nelson’s effort was effectively saved earlier than bouncing up and showing to hit the hand of midfielder Anouk Dekker. Regardless of appeals the referee waved play on.

Van de Sanden, Beerensteyn and Groenen all bought on the scoresheet for the European champions

Dutch class shines by way of

The sport stretched within the second half permitting the Dutch to stamp their authority on proceedings.

Van de Sanden discovered area on the fitting and punished the Northern Eire defence by delivering an inch-perfect cut-back for Arsenal midfielder Van de Donk to slam residence from shut vary.

The supplier turned goalscorer moments later when Van de Sanden created area contained in the field courtesy of some mesmerising footwork earlier than ending with aplomb into the underside nook.

With Dutch tempo inflicting increasingly more issues, Rachel Newborough introduced down Beerensteyn inside the realm, permitting Spitse to step up and convert the ensuing penalty.

Frankfurt midfielder Groenen added the ultimate purpose with a excessive end because the Netherlands, ranked seventh on the planet, accomplished a complete victory and tightened their grip on Group C.

BBC Sport – Football

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