Saturday 25 February 2017

Quinn and Ireland denied battling draw

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The Republic of Ireland's Louise Quinn
The Republic of Ireland's Louise Quinn

The Ireland Women's Team lost narrowly to World Cup finalists Spain in a friendly in Asturias.

Spain got the only goal of the game in the 47th minute through Jenni Hormoso.

Ireland thought they had equalised in the 83rd minute when Louise Quinn headed home from a corner but the referee disallowed it.

While Ireland will feel that they deserved at least a draw, they will take a lot of confidence from the game, especially their second-half performance.

Manager Sue Ronan fielded a strong side but was unable to include teenage winger Katie McCabe, who was injured.

Emma Byrne was the busier of the two keepers but Quinn and Denise O'Sullivan both headed wide, while Megan Campbell's free-kick forced an excellent stop from the Spanish No 1.

After going behind, Ireland took a firm grip of the game, with the introduction of Siobhan Killeen at half-time bringing pace and width to the attack, but they were unable to find an equaliser.

Ireland - Byrne (Arsenal), Caldwell (Avaldsnes), Quinn (Eskilstuna United), Campbell (Florida State University), Perry (Millwall); O'Gorman (UCD Waves), Fahey (Chelsea), O'Sullivan (Glasgow City); Littlejohn (Celtic), O'Sullivan (Notts County), Russell (UCD Waves). Subs: Killeen (Raheny Utd) for F O'Sullivan (46), Breen (Wexford Youths Women's AFC) for Russell (65).

Irish Independent

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