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16.06.2012 at 15:00 Cork Attendance: 653
Ireland 0 - 1 Wales
Referee: Sophie Karagiorgi (CYP) European Qualifier-match

None. Ward 71 mins
Opening squads
Emma Byrne
Yvonne Tracy
Sophie Perry
Ciara Mary Grant
Michele O Brien
Louise Quinn
Denise O Sullivan
Aine O Gorman
Shannon Smyth
Megan Campbell
Julie Ann Russell
N. Davies ;
A. James ,
K. Davies ,
N. Jones,
S. Ingle;
S. Witshire,
M. Green ,
N. Harding ,
J. Fishlock
H. Lander
G. Harries
Eva Badana
Marie Curtin
Meabh De Burca
Diane Caldwell
Stephanie Roche
Cherelle Khassal
Ruesha Littlejohn
Rhian Nokes (G)
Sally Wade
Hannah Keryakoplis
Lauren Price
Lauren Townsend
Amie Lea
Nadia Lawrence
Ruesha Littlejohn -> Michele O Brien (71)
Cherelle Khassal -> Julie Ann Russell (76)
Stephanie Roche -> Shannon Smyth (86)
H. Keryakopolis (Liverpool) for Harding (60 mins),
L. Price (Cardiff City) for Wiltshire, 88 mins
S. Wade (Barnet) for Green 88 mins).
Yellow cards
Shannon Smyth (62)
Sarah Ward 39 mins
Harris 90 mins
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 Republic of Ireland women's team saw their UEFA Championship qualification hopes take a turn for the worse today when Wales defeated them with a late goal at Turner's Cross.

Wales hit Ireland on the counter-attack on 71 minutes to claim the three points thanks to Helen Lander lob over goalkeeper Emma Byrne.

With France on course to claim top spot in Group 4, the chase for the runners-up has developed between Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Following's today's matches, second-placed Scotland lead Wales by three points, with Ireland a point further behind in fourth. Sue Ronan's Ireland must now win their next game, which comes this Thursday when they host Scotland at Turner's Cross.

Ireland had the better of the first half today, with Denise O'Sullivan always a threat in attack. She blasted over the crossbar with a shot on 16 minutes from Shannon Smyth's cut-back and missed the target by a yard on the half hour.

Early in the second half, Emma Byrne was called upon to produce a wonderful save when a shot from Gwennan Harris took a deflection of her strike partner Lander and spun towards goal only for the Arsenal stopper to tip the effort over.

Ireland were next to press and Michele O'Brien should have done better when Aine O'Gorman's knock-down presented the striker with a glorious opening yet her volley skied over the crossbar.

The home side were immediately hit with a sucker-punch as a long punt forward sent Wales striker Lander clear and she executed a superb lob into the net.

A late surge by Ireland almost yielded an equaliser when substitute Stephanie Roche applied a deft header to O'Gorman's knock-on yet Nicola Davis tipped the attempt away.

REP OF IRELAND: E. Byrne (Arsenal); S. Perry (Chelsea), L. Quinn (Peamount United), Y. Tracy (Arsenal), M. Campbell (Raheny United); S. Smyth (Amazon Grimstad FK) C. Grant (Arsenal), M. O'Brien (Chicago Red Eleven); A. O'Gorman (Doncaster Belles), D. O'Sullivan (Cork), JA Russell (Doncaster Belles).

Subs: R. Littlejohn (Liverpool) for O'Brien (71 mins), C. Khassal (Wexford) for Russell (76 mins), S. Roche (Peamount United) for Smyth (86 mins).

WALES: N. Davies (Liverpool); A. James (Arsenal), K. Davies (Chelsea), N. Jones (Cardiff City), S. Ingle (Chelsea); S. Witshire (Watford), M. Green (Bristol Academy), N. Harding (Bristol Academy), J. Fishlock (Bristol Academy); H. Lander (Chelsea), G. Harries (Everton).

Subs: H. Keryakopolis (Liverpool) for Harding (60 mins), L. Price (Cardiff City) for Wiltshire, S. Wade (Barnet) for Green (both 88 mins).

REFEREE: Sophie Karagiorgi (CYP)

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