u16s Girls European Champs update

Please see below brief reports from Ireland matches today in the
Confederation European Volleyball u16s Women’s Championships, qualifying
round. The tournament is held in the Faroe Islands. 

Ireland played Denmark and then the Faroe Islands. Tomorrow the girls are
back in action at 10am in Vs either Sweden.
Ireland V Denmark, 1030am Friday January 4th 2019.
Ireland u16s Women’s team began their European Championships campaign with a
3sets to nil defeat Vs Denmark. However, the Danes didn’t have it all their
own way as Ireland raced into a 6-4 first set lead, thanks to some excellent
serving from Shannon Kehoe (no.2). Laura Connolly (no.12) provided a great
foil at the net with some excellent Spiking and Blocking. Denmark came back
strong taking the set 25-11.
Set 2 was a similar story with Ireland winning some key rallies. Libero
Grace Moloney was the stand out player for the Girls in Green. The Danes
finished the set strongly with some powerful net work.
A well supported Ireland improved in the final set with Skye Haughton and
Maria Jones winning some good points. The Danes eventually came through
25-10.

The match was a strong test for the Irish team against more experienced
opposition. 

Team; 
1. Yousra Kebayli
2. Shannon Kehoe
4. Jillian Sweeney
5. Maria Jones (c)
6. Sarah Cleary
7. Serodie Lyundaladio
8. Aoife Haran
9. Aine Browne
10. Amy O’Sullivan
11. Grace Moloney
12. Laura Connolly
14. Skye Haughton

Ireland V Faroe Islands, 3pm Friday January 4th 2019.

Ireland changed into their St. Patrick’s Blue kit as they played the hosts in their second pool match of the 2019 CEV European Championships qualifying round. 

A competitive battle ensured with Ireland racing into a 22-17 lead before a
stunning comeback from the Faroes clinched the first set. Like the first
match of the day, Libero Grace Moloney was dominating the centre of court
with accurate passing setting up the Irish attacks.

Set 2 went much more to plan with Ireland racing into a 20-10 lead. Shannon
Kehoe and the ever improving Aoife Haran the best performers. Another
comeback from the hosts had the Irish supporters on the edge of their seats
before captain Maria Jones led them to their first International set win.

Into set 3 and the late night arrival and early start this morning began to
catch up with Ireland with the fresh Faroes comfortably running out 25-12
winners, before finishing the job 25-18 in the fourth. 

Ireland will face Sweden on Saturday morning at 10am.
All games can be watched live…
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkaaCl-FzLSdOa-P8cazH-Q/live

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