The Malta Under-16 girls concluded this year’s UEFA Development Tournament with a 8-0 defeat at the hands of a strong Ireland team. The Irish were at the back of two consecutive 4-0 wins against Turkey and Lebanon.
On the other hand, Malta opened their campaign with a 0-3 loss against Lebanon before losing 0-2 to Turkey despite producing a solid display. For this game, coach Saliba opted for goalkeeper Erika Muscat between the sticks while Kaysia Micallef was handed the captain’s armband.
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Ireland forged ahead after five minutes when Lia O’Leary capitalised from point-blank range. Moments later, the Shelbourne FC player doubled Ireland’s lead with a close-range effort. Goalkeeper Muscat came to Malta’s rescue on several occasions before Ireland’s O’Leary scored her third before the half-time whistle.
At the restart, Ireland scored a fourth through substitute Grace Flanagan who fired home from close-range. Ireland’s captain Jodie Loughrey scored Ireland’s fifth after making her way into the box and slotting behind Muscat. Substitute Fiana Bradley converted her first touch of the game into goal in a one on one situation with the goalkeeper.
In the closing stages, Ireland added two more goals through Aoibhe Fleming and Grace Flanagan.