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01.05.2004 at 15:00 Mogosoaia , Bucharest Attendance:
Romania 1 - 1 Ireland
Referee: Geja Mulder (Netherlands) European Qualifier-match

Florentina Spanu 45+1 mins, Sharon Boyle (3)
Opening squads
Lenuta Pop;
Alexandra Iusan,
Elena Ducan,
Adriana Burtica,
Ionela Puscasu,
Dana Boitos,
Daniela Pufulete,
Rodica Striblea,
Gabriela Enache,
Luiza Leu ,
Florentina Spanu.
Emma Byrne
Ciara Mary Grant
Ronnie Gibbons
Dolores Deasley
Sharon Boyle
Elaine O Connor
Denise Thomas
Sonya Hughes
Stefanie Curtis
Claire Scanlon
Olivia O Toole
Jennifer Kett
Marie Curtin
Michelle Walsh
Michele O Brien
Laura Hislop
Teodora Dragoescu for Leu 46 mins,
Carmen Pop for Boitos 67 mins,
Mihaela Cioran for Strblea 80 mins,
Laura Hislop -> Claire Scanlon (71)
Michele O Brien -> Sharon Boyle (79)
Michelle Walsh -> Olivia O Toole (82)
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
The Republic of Ireland remain on course for promotion to the top tier of women's football in Europe after preserving their lead in Group 5 of the UEFA European Women's Championship with a 1-1 draw with Romania in Mogosoaia, near Bucharest.

Boyle strikes first
Ireland started the stronger of Group 5's two remaining undefeated sides and went ahead after only three minutes through the defender Sharon Boyle. Noel King's side dominated the opening 45 minutes but despite forcing Romania deep into their own half for long spells, could not find the second goal their pressure warranted.

Spanu hits back
Ireland's failure to take their chances cost them two minutes before the interval when 18-year-old Florentina Spanu struck back for the home side. Olivia O'Toole remained the driving force for Ireland in the second half, but Romania grew in confidence after Spanu's goal and, despite the absence of several key players, were able to hold on for an important point.

Romania eye top spot
Ireland continue to lead the group by a point from Romania after six matches, but have played a game more than Gheorghe Staicu's side who hold the head-to-head advantage between the two teams after drawing 2-2 in Dublin last June.

Higher target
The 13 nations in Groups 5, 6 and 7 are competing for the chance of promotion to the four-group top tier and the opportunity to qualify for the European Women's Championship next time round.
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