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05.03.2020 at 19:15 Tallaght Satdium Attendance: 4511
Ireland 1 - 0 Greece
Referee: Maria Dolores Martinez Madrona (Spain). European Qualifier-match

Goalscorers
Diane Caldwell (45)
None
Opening squads
Marie Hourihan
Harriet Scott
Niamh Fahey
Diane Caldwell
Katie Mc Cabe
Louise Quinn
Rianna Jarrett
Aine O'Gorman
Ruesha Littlejohn
Denise O Sullivan
Heather Payne
Papakonstantinou;
Chatzigiannidou,
Sidira,
Chatzinikolaou;
Gkatsou,
Kakambouki,
Markou,
Kynossidou ;
Moraitou ,
Kokoviadou,
Kongouli .
Substitutes
Grace Moloney
Courtney Brosnan
Claire O Riordan
Chloe Mustaki
Jamie Finn
Amber Barrett
Kyra Carusa
Clare Shine
Julie Ann Russell
Gavriilidou (GK)
Giannakouli (GK)
Kotsaki
Karapetsa
Kydonaki
Spyridonidou
Pouliou
Sarri
Nefrou
Vardali
Paraschou
Kalaridou
Substitutions
Julie Ann Russell -> Heather Payne (63)
Amber Barrett -> Rianna Jarrett (72)
Clare Shine -> Ruesha Littlejohn (86)
Vardali for Moraitou 65 mins
Sarri for Kongouli 66 mins,
Spyridonidou for Kynossidou 83 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 | Preview
On the night that she celebrated her 75th senior cap, Diane Caldwell ensured that the Republic of Ireland were also jubilant as her goal secured a 1-0 victory over Greece in Tallaght Stadium.

Ireland manager Vera Pauw labelled this as a 'must-win' game to boost their chances of qualifying for next summer's UEFA Women's European Championships and they completed that task.

In front of 4,511 spectators, the home side dazzled in patches with Player of the Match Ruesha Littlejohn pulling the strings like a master puppeteer and Denise O'Sullivan bemusing her opponents with sublime pieces of skill.

The chances came early on with Littlejohn whistling a shot over the crossbar from the distance before O'Sullivan forced the visiting goalkeeper into a save on 10 minutes.

Louise Quinn went close with a header but she made up for it just before the interval when connecting with Katie McCabe's free-kick and sending the ball into the path of the unmarked Caldwell to slot in.

It was Caldwell's second senior goal and it proved to be a vital one as Littlejohn again had the home crowd gasping when an excellent effort sailed just wide of the goal.

Ireland will now travel to Montenegro ahead of their clash on March 11, but this victory - and maintaining their unbeaten run in Group I - keeps them in a good position for qualification.

Republic of Ireland: Hourihan; Scott, Caldwell, Quinn, O’Gorman; O’Sullivan, Fahey; Payne (Russell 63), Littlejohn (Shine 86), McCabe; Jarrett (Barrett 71).

Greece: Papakonstantinou; Chatzigiannidou, Sidira, Chatzinikolaou; Gkatsou, Kakambouki, Markou, Kynossidou (Spyridonidou 83); Moraitou (Vardali 65), Kokoviadou, Kongouli (Sarri 66).

Referee: Maria Dolores Martinez Madrona (Spain).
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