McLaughlin and Ireland U19’s lose opening game to German’s

Roma Mc Laughlin

Inishowen's Roma Mc Laughlin was part of Dave Connell’s Republic of Ireland under 19 Women’s side that went down 1-0 to Germany in their opening UEFA Women’s Under 19 Championship Elite Round Group game on Wednesday evening.

Connell’s side produced a strong defensive performance in Tallaght Stadium with Vikoria Schwalm’s first half strike collecting all three points for Germany.

Germany took the lead on 31 minutes, the hosts failed to fully clear with Lina Hauslcke chipped pass slotted past McQuillan by Viktoria Schwalm.

Ireland had Germany on the back foot for many periods in the second half with good word from Roma McLaughlin and Hayley Nolan though failed to test German keeper Brandt

Jamie Finn had Ireland's first clear cut chance , linking up with McLaughlin though firing over Brandt’s cross bar.

The opening round results see’s Ireland in fourth place in group one after Azerbaijan drew 1-1 with Poland in group one’s other fixture.

Ireland face Azerbaijan in their second Group 1 game on Thursday in Tallaght Stadium, kick off 7.30pm.