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Wednesday 19 December 2018

UEFA debut for Diane as Ireland lose

The Republic of Ireland Senior Women’s side were defeated 2-0 in their World Cup qualifier by their Swiss counterparts in Biel at the weekend, but it allowed Balbriggan teenager Diane Caldwell her moment of fame. Noel King’s side started the contest brightly forcing the Swiss to play in their own half for large spells. The Irish created numerous amounts of chances

Switzerland 2

Republic of Ireland 0

The Republic of Ireland Senior Women’s side were defeated 2-0 in their World Cup qualifier by their Swiss counterparts in Biel at the weekend, but it allowed Balbriggan teenager Diane Caldwell her moment of fame.

Noel King’s side started the contest brightly forcing the Swiss to play in their own half for large spells.

The Irish created numerous amounts of chances but failed to capitalise on the scoreboard.

The game took a dramatic twist on 22 minutes when a sloppy cross-field pass by the Irish defence landed at the feet of Lara Dickenmann.

She left Irish goalkeeper, Emma Byrne stranded with an unstoppable shot from outside the box, Switzerland’s first shot on target.

Lara Dickenmann was on hand again after 44 minutes to double the home sides advantage.

The Irish failed to clear a high ball and the Swiss striker made no mistake, rifelling home from 12 yards.

The second half started with high intensity as the Irish pushed forward in search of goals.

Switzerland were unable to break through a resilient Irish midfield and for large spells played from inside their own box.

As the game wore on, The Irish grew in confidence and with the introduction of Olivia O’Toole and 17-year-old Diane Caldwell who won only her second cap and a first UEFA appearance, gave the Irish a new lease of life.

The Republic of Ireland were unlucky not to be back in the game late on as a penalty claim was waved away by the match officials.

For a game which was played in mostly the Swiss half, it seemed that the home side were very relieved to hear the full time whistle

Noel King said after the game: ‘I thought the team played very well against such a top class opposition, unfortunately it is another hard luck story as we dominated the game entirely and were unlucky to be beaten by two sloppy goals.

‘We face Switzerland at home on 22nd April in Richmond Park, Dublin and I know that we will be up to the test.’



The Irish team also included Balbriggan’s Sonya Hughes (New Hampshire Phantoms/Franklin Pierce) and Claire Scanlan from Rush and Bristol Academy WFC.





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