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26.06.2004 at 15:00 Dalymount Park Attendance:
Ireland 5 - 0 Malta
Referee: Lena Arwedahl (Sweden) European Qualifier-match

Goalscorers
Olivia O Toole (12)
Elaine O Connor (28)
Olivia O Toole (pen.) (51)
Olivia O Toole (83)
Ciara Mary Grant (85)
None
Opening squads
Emma Byrne
Elaine O Connor
Ciara Mary Grant
Marie Curtin
Susan Byrne
Sharon Boyle
Sonya Hughes
Denise Thomas
Michele O Brien
Olivia O Toole
Laura Hislop
Michelle Zahra;
Theresa Agius,
Chantal Fenech,
Natasha Pace,
Rebecca D'Agostino,
Dorianne Theuma,
Lesley Ann Galea ,
Alexia Scicluna,
Dionne Tonna,
Jane Coates,
Kathleen Saliba.
Substitutes
Jennifer Kett
Michelle Kane
Michelle Walsh
Selina Moylan
Caroline Thorpe
Claire Scanlon
Substitutions
Michelle Walsh -> Michele O Brien (63)
Claire Scanlon -> Elaine O Connor (76)
Caroline Thorpe -> Sharon Boyle (84)
Maria Azzopardi for Ann Galea 67 mins,
Sarah Caruana for Saliba 78 mins,
Alexandra Sammut for Fenech 86 minbs,
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
Shamrock Rovers FC striker Olivia O'Toole hit a hat-trick as the Republic of Ireland eased to a 5-0 victory against Malta in Dublin to stretch their lead at the head of Group 5.

Anxious wait
The result increased Ireland's lead at the top of the section to four points and as they have completed their fixtures, they must now wait to see whether they will take part in the qualifying play-offs this autumn to earn a place in the top tier of European football for 2006. The leading runner-up from the three tier-two groups also qualifies. Only second-placed Romania can catch Ireland at the top of the group, and must win both remaining games - against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia - to overhaul the Irish side.

Comfortable win
O'Toole opened the scoring after 12 minutes, before her club team-mate Elaine O'Connor doubled the lead just before the half hour. O'Toole added another after the interval and then completed her hat-trick in the 78th minute. Arsenal FC player Ciara Grant completed the scoring, as coach Noel King's team sealed a comfortable win against the group's bottom team at Dalymount Park.
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