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Ireland keep hopes alive

A 2-0 win last night for the Republic of Ireland's women's team against Slovenia last night still keeps alive their faint hopes of getting a play-off spot for the World Cup with two games left to play.

A long-range effort from Julie-Ann Russell set team on the road to victory in their last home qualifier against the Slovenians.

Fiona O'Sullivan's second-half goal sealed the win, which moves Sue Ronan's team to within two points of second-placed Russia.

The home side were awarded a free-kick inside two minutes, which Russell struck from near the left flank and about 40 yards out from goal. Slovenian keeper Lucija Mori had no chance as the long, high effort dipped right into the postage stamp. With 14 minutes remaining, O'Sullivan (pictured)sealed the points. The striker chested down Aine O'Gorman's cross from the wing in the 76th minute, before turning to volley home from close range.