Sunday 18 November 2018

Top goal-scorer hopes Robbie beats record

Mark Hilliard

IRELAND'S record international goal-scorer will be heading to Poland for Euro 2012, but will be watching from the stands.

Olivia O'Toole is hoping Robbie Keane steals her record of 54 goals during the crunch matches against Croatia, Italy and Spain.

"I have 54 goals and he has 53, so if he beats me by beating Spain one-nil, I won't care," she said.

And the Spain match will hold a special resonance for the Dubliner, who retired in 2009, as it was the same fixture that launched her own international career.

Ms O'Toole began her near 20-year international career in 1992 when, having come on as a substitute, she scored the winner against Spain.

"It was in front of about 7,000 Spanish fans and there was one Irish flag in between thousands of Spanish flags," she said of the game in Seville.

In 2010, Ms O'Toole (41) shared a stage with Mr Keane as she received an FAI special merit award for being "record leading goal-scorer at all levels" and Mr Keane, who picked up the international player of the year award on the same night, was on hand to help her celebrate.

"I was on the stage and they said, 'this is Olivia O'Toole who is the overall goal-scorer for Ireland, boys and girls' -- he knew about it," she said.

"The year that he broke Niall Quinn's record of 22 goals, I had probably 35. It's not that I'm looking for recognition but it's annoying that people don't know more about women's football."

Irish Independent

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