Friday 23 August 2019

Irish women let it slip after McCabe strike

Italy 2-1 Ireland

Republic of Ireland captain Katie McCabe. Photo: Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland captain Katie McCabe. Photo: Sportsfile

An early goal from captain Katie McCabe gave Ireland the lead in their Women's World Cup warm-up game in Italy, but the home team hit back to claim victory.

McCabe struck with only three minutes on the clock after being set up by Denise O'Sullivan.

Italy equalised five minutes before the break through Juventus midfielder Barbara Bonansea and they struck again for what proved to be the winner in the 53rd minute, with Milan ace Daniela Sabatino making the most of an Irish defensive error.

Ireland could have secured the draw just before the final whistle when substitute Amber Barrett saw her effort cleared off the line.

Head coach Colin Bell reflected afterwards: "I'm really disappointed because we should have got a result. The performance, the intensity, the tactical decisions for large parts of the game were good, but we didn't take our chances and we made some poor mistakes for their goals. We have to learn from that."

Elsewhere, the women's U-19s had their Euro finals hopes dashed when they lost 3-0 to defending champions Spain in Santiago de Compostela.

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