Ronan lauds slick troops
SLOVENIA 0 IRELAND 3
IRELAND'S Women's World Cup campaign got another boost in Velenje as Sue Ronan's troops cruised to an impressive victory.
The Irish got off to the best possible start when striker Fiona O'Sullivan turned home an Aine O'Gorman cross after 12 minutes.
O'Sullivan then turned provider in the 42nd minute to set up O'Gorman for the side's second goal before Denise O'Sullivan made it 3-0 a minute after half-time, with Julie Ann Russell providing the assist.
Having seen her side pick up seven points from their opening three games, manager Ronan was delighted afterwards.
"It's a great start and this was easily the best performance of the campaign so far, if not the whole year. All the players were excellent," she said.
The win means the Irish have finished 2013 with just one defeat from eight games. Their next game in the group will be at home to European champions Germany on April 5.
The Germans, who had knocked in 22 goals in their first two games against Russia and Slovenia, could only manage four second-half goals in a 4-0 win over Croatia in Frankfurt. They lead Group 1 by two points from Ireland.
slovenia – S Cevnik; K Jerina, L Grad, A Rola, A Nik, M Zver, M Benak, A Milenkovic, K Erzen (K Erman 63), U Zganec, T Tibaut.
Ireland – E Byrne; S Cooke, L Quinn, Y Tracy, K Duggan; D Gorman, S Smyth; D O'Sullivan (R Littlejohn 79); A O'Gorman (M De Burca 89), F O'Sullivan (S Roche 89), J A Russell.
Ref – L Asulin (Israel).