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10.04.2017 at 15:00 Tallaght Stadium Attendance:
Ireland 1 - 0 Slovakia
Referee: Friendly-match

Stephanie Roche (pen.) (47)
Opening squads
Emma Byrne
Sophie Perry
Harriet Scott
Diane Caldwell
Louise Quinn
Karen Duggan
Stephanie Roche
Megan Connolly
Katie Mc Cabe
Aine O Gorman
Denise O Sullivan
Lucia El Dahabiova,
Lucia Harsanyova,
Alexandera Biroova,
Jana Vjtekova,
Stanislava Liskova,
Patricia Hmirova,
Kristina Kosikova,
Petra Zdechovanova,
Lucia Suskova,
Diana Bartovicova,
Maria Mikolvicova
Niamh Reid Burke
Marie Hourihan
Claire O Riordan
Savannah Mc Carthy
Meabh De Burca
Keeva Keenan
Jetta Berrill
Ruesha Littlejohn
Julie Ann Russell
Clare Shine
Moka Havranova,
Trezia Kovalova,
Valentina Susolova,
Veronika Slukova,
Klaudia Fabova,
Adriana Brissova,
Andrea Horvathova
Marie Hourihan -> Emma Byrne (46)
Julie Ann Russell -> Megan Connolly (74)
Ruesha Littlejohn -> Stephanie Roche (86)
Claire O Riordan -> Katie Mc Cabe (89)
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
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Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team continued their fine run of form with a comfortable 1-0 victory over Slovakia at Tallaght Stadium.

Stephanie Roche’s second-half penalty was the difference as Head Coach Colin Bell got a win in his first home game since his appointment in February.

The contest started slowly and it wasn’t until the 39th minute that Ireland created the first opportunity of the game. Megan Connolly found space to thread a neat through-ball to Houston Dash star Denise O’Sullivan who ran on goal to have her first effort saved and her follow-up parried behind brilliantly by keeper Lucia El Dahabiova.

Straight after the break, Ireland took the lead as Connolly controlled a right-sided cross near the penalty spot and was brought down for the referee to award a penalty. Roche stepped up to put the ball to the keeper’s right and put Ireland into a deserved lead.

Slovakia failed to threaten throughout the match and were unfortunate not to fall further behind when the brilliant Katie McCabe picked up the ball on the half-way line to dart past two defenders, turn inside but her shot was well saved by the in-form El Dahabiova.

Nine minutes from the end, El Dahabiova was beaten but defender Alexandra Biroova came to her rescue when O’Sullivan hooked the ball into the area for the on-rushing Roche to flick the ball past the keeper but the defender slid in to clear.

McCabe deserved a goal in what was an inspirational performance from the Tallaght-born attacker and two minutes from the end, McCabe picked the ball up in the centre-circle, drove at the defence but her curling effort was well saved once again.

Head Coach Colin Bell: “Delighted for the players to get the win. They’ve worked really hard in training this week and I’ve seen plenty of progress from the squad.

“Winning is a habit and since coming in, I think the players are beginning to pick it up and today, they gave the opposition very few opportunities which was great.

“It was only a 1-0 lead but I always felt like we were comfortable against a good Slovakia side so when you count today and the Cyprus Cup performances, we’re definitely moving in the right direction.

“I feel like we’re in a much stronger place now and really looking forward to getting the players back in for the Iceland and Scotland games in the summer.”

Republic of Ireland: Byrne (Hourihan 46), Perry, Scott, Quinn, Duggan, Caldwell, O’Gorman, Connolly (Russell 74), O’Sullivan, Roche (Littlejohn 86), McCabe (O’Riordan 89).

Subs not used: Reid-Burke (GK), McCarthy, Berrill, DeBurca, Shine, Keenan.
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