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17.04.1985 at 15:00 Glenmalure Park, Dublin Attendance:
Ireland 0 - 4 Denmark
Referee: Friendly / Prog - Copy-match

None. Karen Leith Hansen 42 mins,
Birgette Frederiksen 44 mins,
Debbie Mc Garry O.G 50 mins,
Ann Gam-Pedersen 55 mins
Opening squads
Suzanne Kelly
Ann Beirne
Geraldine Slane
Grainne Cross
Eileen Brennan
Catherine Byrne
Linda Gorman
Bridie Flood
Margaret O Connell
Debbie Mc Garry
Breeda Cummins (nee Hanlon)
G Hansen,
K Sabrin
J Hansen,
J Anderson,
M Munk-Nielsen,
K Leith Hansen,
S Mc Kenzie,
C Nielsen-Mann
L Schmidt-Hansen,
B Frederiksen,
T Obel
Marie Mc Kenna
Anne Thorpe
Catherine Fitzpatrick
Alvy Styles
Marie Mc Kenna -> Catherine Byrne (61)
Anne Thorpe -> Margaret O Connell (65)
Catherine Fitzpatrick -> Marie Mc Kenna (65)
Alvy Styles -> Grainne Cross (71)
A Gam Pedersen for Frederiksen 40 mins
A Mogense for Mc Kenzie60 mins
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

Pictures from the match
Ireland crashed 4–0 to ruthless Denmark, with a virtuoso Lone Smidt Hansen pulling the strings.

Buoyed by a 1500-strong crowd at the spiritual home of Shamrock Rovers, Ireland began with what the Irish Independent dubbed: “plenty of fire and spirit”.

On 33 minutes Breda Cummins ran onto a Garryowen and headed powerfully at goal, only for Gitte Hansen to make a reflex save.

But three minutes from the interval, debutante Karen Leth Hansen gave Denmark the lead with a six-yard header. Leth Hansen was the Danes’ sole representative of the once-mighty BK Femina club.

With Ireland rattled, it was soon 2–0 when Birgitte Frederiksen flicked in a left-wing cross from strong-running Smidt Hansen on 39 minutes.

Nine minutes into the second-half Debbie McGarry scored an own goal, inadvertently knocking another dangerous cross by Smidt Hansen past 17-year-old goalie Sue Kelly.

Substitute Annie Gam-Pedersen scored Denmark’s fourth on 56 minutes, with Smidt Hansen again the architect.

On 80 minutes Ireland’s best ref Paddy Daly blew his whistle to bring an end to the agony.

So it was disappointment for the Girls in Green – but only equivalent to that felt by their male counterparts, thrashed twice by the stylish ‘Danish Dynamite’ team in qualifying for the Mexico ’86 World Cup.

1. Sue Kelly
2. Catherine Byrne (out 61′)
3. Linda Gorman (c)
4. Breda Cummins
5. Ger Slane
6. Eileen Brennan
7. Grainne Cross (out 71′)
8. Margaret O’Connell (out 65′)
9. Bridie Flood
10. Ann Beirne
11. Debbie McGarry

Marie McKenna (on 61′; out 65′)
Ann Thorpe (on 65′)
Catherine Fitzpatrick (on 65′)
Alvy Styles (on 71′)
Eamonn Darcy

Gitte Hansen .1
(c) Kirsten Fabrin .2
Jette Hansen .3
Jette Andersen .4
Mette Munk Nielsen .5
Karen Leth Hansen .6
(out 60′) Susan Mackensie .7
Charlotte Nielsen-Mann .8
Lone Smidt Nielsen .9
(out 40′) Birgitte Frederiksen .10
Pernille Obel .11

(on 40′) Annie Gam-Pedersen
(on 60′) Annette Mogensen
Birger Peitersen

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