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Temp Head - Republic of Ireland Senior Women

Republic of Ireland Senior Women's Team manager Sue Ronan was delighted to see her side pass a crucial test of character at Tallaght Stadium.

Substitute Fiona O'Sullivan scored twice as Ireland came back from two goals down with 23 minutes to go against Austria to draw 2-2 in an international friendly.

The Irish side have now lost just once in the five games they have played in 2013 and it leaves them heading into the World Cup qualifiers next September in a confident frame of mind.

Ronan feels that positive mood was there for all to see in the second half against Austria.

"We were poor in the first half," admitted Ronan. "I thought we were very tentative, but we were much better in the second half and showed great character in getting a draw after going 2-0 down.

"We could even have won it in the final few minutes, so I have to be happy, particularly when you consider that Austria reached the European Championship play-offs having been the only team to beat group winners Denmark during the group stages."

Ronan will now turn her attentions to the World University Games, where she will manage Ireland's women's team. The squad, which is made up of third level students, contains 10 of the players that were called up for the game against Austria, where Ireland will face a group that contains China, Canada and Mexico.


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