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30.10.2013 at 15:00 Velenje, Slovenia Attendance:
Slovenia 0 - 3 Ireland
Referee: Lilach Asulin (Israel) World Cup Qualifier-match

Goalscorers
None Fiona O Sullivan (12)
Aine O'Gorman (42)
Denise O Sullivan (46)
Opening squads
Sonja Čevnik (GK);
Kaja Jerina,
Lucija Grad,
Anisa Rola,
Andreja Nik,
Mateja Zver,
Manja Benak,
Anja Milenkovič (C),
Kaja Eržen,
Urška Žganec,
Tjaša Tibaut.
Emma Byrne
Yvonne Tracy
Dora Gorman
Louise Quinn
Seanna Cooke
Karen Duggan
Shannon Smyth
Aine O'Gorman
Julie Ann Russell
Denise O Sullivan
Fiona O Sullivan
Substitutes
Katarina Puš (GK),
Ines Špelič,
Kristina Erman,
Manja Rogan,
Martina Potrč,
Katja Nežmah,
Barbara Kralj.
Grace Moloney
Meabh De Burca
Sophie Perry
Diane Caldwell
Rachel Graham
Stephanie Roche
Ruesha Littlejohn
Substitutions
K Erman for Erzen 63 mins, Ruesha Littlejohn -> Denise O Sullivan (79)
Stephanie Roche -> Fiona O Sullivan (87)
Meabh De Burca -> Aine O'Gorman (89)
Yellow cards
Anja Milenkovič 37 mins
Urška Žganec 45+1
Manja Benak 51 mins
Yvonne Tracy (70)
Louise Quinn (83)
Stephanie Roche (93)
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's excellent start to their FIFA Women's World Cup campaign continued this afternoon when Sue Ronan's side beat Slovenia 3-0 in the Ob Jezeru Stadium in Velenje

The Irish got off to the best possible start when striker Fiona O'Sullivan turned home an Áine O'Gorman cross after 12 minutes to open the scoring.

O'Sullivan then turned provider in the 42nd minute to set up O'Gorman for the side's second goal and then Denise O'Sullivan made it 3-0 a minute after half-time following an assist by Julie Ann Russell.

Having seen her side pick up seven points from their opening three games, manager Ronan was absolutely delighted afterwards.

"It's a great start and this was easily the best performance of the campaign so far, if not the whole year. We had been really disappointed with the way we played in the last game against Croatia and we spoke a lot about it during the week. One of the things we wanted to do was start well and win the first half and we certainly managed to do to that in some style.

"Slovenia were a good side. They were strong and physical and technically good but we never let them settle from the start and we looked and fit strong especially towards the end when they really came at us.

"All the players were excellent today and I was particularly pleased with the performances of Aine O'Gorman, Julie Ann Russell and Denise O'Sullivan who really caused the Slovenians a lot of problems all through the match. We also gave Karen Duggan her competitive debut at left-back and she did a great job," said Ronan.

The only disappointing note for the Irish was the three yellow cards picked by defenders Louise Quinn and Yvonne Tracy plus substitute Stephanie Roche in the second half.

The win means the Irish now have seven points from their opening three games and 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 this evening. They lead Group 1 by two points from Ireland and Ronan will now start focusing on the World No.2 ranked side.

"The most important thing was to get off to a good start and we will now go into that game against Germany in April unbeaten and with seven points from a possible nine. That sets it up nicely," she said.

Slovakia: Sonja Čevnik (GK); Kaja Jerina, Lucija Grad, Anisa Rola, Andreja Nik, Mateja Zver, Manja Benak, 4Anja Milenkovič (C), Kaja Eržen (Kristina Erman 63), Urška Žganec, Tjaša Tibaut. Unsued Subs: Katarina Puš (GK), Ines Špelič, Kristina Erman, Manja Rogan, Martina Potrč, Katja Nežmah, Barbara Kralj.

Republic of Ireland: Emma Byrne; Seana Cooke, Louise Quinn, Yvonne Tracy, Karen Duggan; Dora Gorman, Shannon Smyth; Denise O'Sullivan (Ruesha Littlejohn 79); Aine O'Gorman (Meabh De Burca 89), Fiona O'Sullivan (Stephanie Roche 89), Julie Ann Russell. Unsued Subs: Grace Maloney (GK), Diane Caldwell, Sophie Perry, Rachel Graham.

Referee: Lilach Asulin (Israel).
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