Tuesday 11 December 2018

Republic of Ireland Women stay perfect in World Cup qualifying group

Denise O'Sullivan was on target in Slovakia
Denise O'Sullivan was on target in Slovakia

Republic of Ireland Women made it two straight wins in their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-0 victory in Slovakia.

First-half goals from Denise O'Sullivan and Megan McCabe put the visitors in control and, despite Ruesha Littlejohn missing a late penalty, Colin Bell's side moved level on points with Group Three leaders Norway.

The girls in green eased early nerves by taking a 11th-minute lead in their first attack. Megan Campbell's long throw-in released Katie McCabe and her cut-back was turned home by O'Sullivan.

Megan McCabe put the Irish 2-0 up in the 33rd minute, making no mistake from inside the penalty area after O'Sullivan's intended pass for Amber Barrett had been deflected into her path.

The Republic had a chance to add a third goal when they were awarded a penalty in the 79th minute, but substitute Littlejohn's spot-kick was well saved by Slovakia goalkeeper Maria Korenciova.

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