Thursday 8 December 2016

Five-star Ireland trounce Montenegro

Montenegro 0 Ireland 5

John Fallon

Published 08/04/2016 | 02:30

'Captain and veteran Emma Byrne (pictured) produced a magnificent save to keep Ireland ahead' Photo: Sportsfile
'Captain and veteran Emma Byrne (pictured) produced a magnificent save to keep Ireland ahead' Photo: Sportsfile

Ahead of their toughest test of the campaign in Spain on Tuesday, Ireland's women conquered a more straightforward task against Montenegro yesterday.

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Sue Ronan's side made light work of the group's bottom seeds by racing into a three-goal interval lead.

All the work from their training camp in Austria earlier this week showed within just two minutes as Louise Quinn nodded in at the back post.

Against the run of play, Montenegro almost equalised through Armisa Kuc but captain and veteran Emma Byrne produced a magnificent save to keep Ireland ahead.

Julie-Ann Russell was involved again for the second goal on 24 minutes. Her pinpoint delivery found the onrushing Katie McCabe inside the box and her touch allowed Aine O'Gorman to drill a first-time shot into the bottom corner.

It was game over for the hosts within a minute after Ruesha Littlejohn converted a penalty which was earned by O'Gorman.

Fiona O'Sullivan, on as an interval substitute, could have added a fourth only had she reached Meabh De Burca's cross but the fourth goal arrived through her namesake.

Just three minutes after coming on, Denise O'Sullivan showed her class by cutting inside past a couple of defenders and rifling her shot into the opposite corner.

Another sub, Stephanie Roche, made it five in the 85th minute with a neat header.

IRELAND - E Byrne (Arsenal); S Perry (Brighton), L Quinn (Eskilstuna Utd), N Fahey (Chelsea), M De Burca (Galway); D Caldwell (Koln), A O'Gorman (UCD Waves), K Duggan (UCD Waves); K McCabe (Arsenal), R Littlejohn (Glasgow City), JA Russell (UCD Waves). Subs: S Roche (Sunderland) for McCabe (46), F O'Sullivan (San Francisco Dons) for O'Gorman (62), D O'Sullivan (Houston Dash) for Caldwell (72). 

Irish Independent

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