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Inspired Byrne keeps Irish World Cup qualification hopes alive

Published 19/06/2014 | 16:16

The starting Ireland women's team that drew 0-0 with Russia in their World Cup qualifier in Krasnoarmeysk.
The starting Ireland women's team that drew 0-0 with Russia in their World Cup qualifier in Krasnoarmeysk.

Keeper Emma Byrne was the hero as the Republic of Ireland's women kept their faint hopes of World Cup qualification alive.

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Ireland skipper Byrne produced important saves at the end of either half as the Republic battled their way to a 0-0 draw with Russia in Krasnoarmeysk to remain five points adrift of their second-placed opponents in Group 1 with three games each to play.

The visitors' best chance fell to Fiona O'Sullivan on the stroke of half-time, but she was denied by Russia keeper Elvira Todua, and the Republic had to defend resiliently all the way to the whistle to claim a well-earned point.

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