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15.02.2009 at 15:00 Attendance:
France 2 - 0 Ireland
Referee: Friendly / C-match

Goalscorers
Delphine Blanc 67 mins;
Elise Bussaglia,
None.
Opening squads
Emma Byrne
Ciara Grant
Ciara Mc Cormack
Alisha Moran
Niamh Fahey
Meabh De Burca
Sonya Hughes
Michele O'Brien
Stefanie Curtis
Aine O'Gorman
Kate Taylor
Substitutes
Noelle Murray
Jemma Connor
Stephanie Roche
Louise Quinn
Substitutions
None Jemma Connor -> Ciara Mc Cormack (79)
Louise Quinn -> Sonya Hughes (79)
Stephanie Roche -> Michele O'Brien (81)
Noelle Murray -> Aine O'Gorman (85)
Yellow cards
None None.
Red cards
None None.
Other statistics
0 Shots 0
0 Shots on goal 0
0 Offsides 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Free kicks 0
0 Penalties 0
Match report
Ireland matched their hosts for the most part and could have been ahead by the break but France hit the front on 67 minutes through Delphine Blanc.

The Irish looked for an equaliser and were hit by a second French goal when Elise Bussaglia took advantage to make it 2-0.

Overall, it was a productive week for Ireland manager Noel King, who saw his charges defeat English side Reading 3-0 on Monday.

Republic of Ireland manager, Noel King was pleased with his sides performance against a French side who are currently ranked 8th in the FIFA World Rankings, “I thought our performance was superb, obviously we are now looking ahead to the FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign but to come here to a team of this stature and to compete with them is superb.”

King added, “These games are vital to our preparation for the upcoming qualifying campaign. After coming so close to qualification to the EURO 2009 Championship finals, our aim is to push on make the big breakthrough in international football by qualifying for a major international tournament.”

The Republic of Ireland will find out their opposition for the 2011 World Cup qualifiers on March 17th when the draw is made in Germany.

Republic of Ireland: Emma Byrne, Meabh De Burca, Alisha Moran, Niamh Fahey, Ciara McCormack (Jemma Connor – 79 mins), Ciara Grant, Katie Taylor, Sonya Hughes (Louise Quinn – 79 mins), Michele O'Brien (Stephanie Roche – 81 mins), Stephanie Curtis; Aine O'Gorman (Noelle Murray – 85 mins)
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