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10.05.2006 at 15:00 Cottbus Attendance:
Germany 1 - 0 Ireland
Referee: Ausra Tvarijonaite (Lithuania) World Cup Qualifier-match

Petra Wimbersky 3 mins, None.
Opening squads
Silke Rottenberg (G)
Kerstin Stegemann
Sonja Fuss
Annike Krahn
Renate Lingor (C)
Anja Mittag
Sandra Minnert
Petra Wimbersky
Conny Pohlers
Ariane Hingst
Kerstin Garefrekes
Emma Byrne
Sharon Boyle
Alisha Moran
Edel Malone
Ciara Mary Grant
Marie Curtin
Elaine O Connor
Diane Caldwell
Michele O Brien
Sonya Hughes
Olivia O Toole
Nadine Angerer (G)
Martina Müller
Sandra Smisek
Célia Šašić
Bianca Rech
Britta Carlson
Karolin Thomas
Sarah Peters
Dolores Deasley
Meabh De Burca
Emma Griffin
Rebecca Stokes
Claire Scanlon
Aine O'Gorman
Sesic for Fuss 46 mins,
Smisek for Wimbersky 62 mins,
Muller for Mittag 65 mins
Emma Griffin -> Edel Malone (65)
Aine O'Gorman -> Olivia O Toole (85)
Yellow cards
None Ciara Mary Grant (11)
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
The Irish senior women’s side produced a heroic performance in Cottbuss to restrict European champions Germany to the narrowest of victories.

Germany 1-0 Republic of Ireland

The hosts scored after only two minutes but Ireland regrouped and nearly caused the shock result of the year when Edel Malone almost converted a cross for an equaliser in the second half.

To appreciate the Republic’s display, one must consider that the Germans have won all of their qualification games in the series so far by at least four goals, including their win against second seeds Russia.

12,000 spectators were inside the ground to witness a superb match, in which the Republic had Arsenal ’keeper Emma Byrne to thank for several saves.

Ireland controlled much of the possession, however, and carved out a few opportunities in the second half. They couldn’t manage to cap a wonderful display with a goal but they did succeed in regaining a renewed level of confidence for the rest of their World Cup qualifying campaign.

Manager Noel King was understandably proud of his team afterwards: “If there was ever to be a moral victory, this was it. The magnitude of the performance by all of the girls is something we should all be delighted about.”

“Right through the team, we were magnificent. Emma Byrne gave the performance of the month for any sports player in Ireland by producing great saves and all of the other players, including the substitutes, contributed to the game.”

“This result will do wonders for our goal difference,” said King. “We have to play Russia at home next month and we’ll go into the game with great confidence and sure that we have the ability to stay up in the top European division by the end of the campaign.”

Republic of Ireland Team
Emma Byrne
Elaine O’Connor
Sharon Boyle
Marie Curtin
Alisha Moran
Sonya Hughes
Ciara Grant (C)
Diane Caldwell
Edel Malone
Michele O’Brien
Olivia O’Toole

Emma Griffin for Malone (65 mins)
Aine O’Gorman for O’Toole (85 mins)
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