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Ireland left fighting for fifth despite rolling Swiss

THE Republic of Ireland Women's team stretched their unbeaten run to seven games with their impressive 2-1 victory over Switzerland at the Cyprus Cup yesterday.

Switzerland are ranked 11 places above Ireland in the FIFA World Rankings, but Sue Ronan's side did not show any inferiority as second-half goals from Denise O'Sullivan and Stephanie Roche either side of a Lara Dickenmann penalty gave the Irish girls a deserved win. However, South Korea's 4-0 victory over New Zealand immediately afterwards meant the Irish finished second in Group 3, losing out on goal difference.

Ireland now play-off for fifth and sixth place against 2015 World Cup hosts Canada, who are ranked seventh in the world, tomorrow in the GSP Stadium in Nicosia.

"It really feels good to win this game today," said manager Ronan.

"We knew we were playing a very good team coming into this match as they have already beaten the first and second seed in their World Cup group and scored nine goals away to Serbia.

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"They don't concede many either and for us to come in and play as well as we did, score two goals and win the game against a team that are improving and are really on the up, is a tremendous achievement by the girls and they deserve every bit of credit.

"Any time we were on the ball we were looking to play. We were looking to play through midfield, we were looking for players, we were not afraid to turn back and go the other direction if it was blocked.

"The composure all the girls are showing on the ball is just such an improvement on the last 18 months and the winning streak we are on has helped them and given them the confidence.

"They are realising now that they are capable of doing what we have been telling them for a long time they are capable of doing," concluded Ronan.


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