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11.03.2020 at 15:00 Pod Malim Brdom, Budva Attendance:
Montenegro 0 - 3 Ireland
Referee: Maria Marotta (Italy). European Qualifier-match

None Diane Caldwell (12)
Katie Mc Cabe (83)
Denise O Sullivan (85)
Opening squads
Courtney Brosnan
Harriet Scott
Niamh Fahey
Louise Quinn
Katie Mc Cabe
Diane Caldwell
Rianna Jarrett
Aine O Gorman
Denise O Sullivan
Ruesha Littlejohn
Clare Shine
Obradović (GK)
Krstović (GK)
Grace Moloney
Marie Hourihan
Claire Walsh
Niamh Farrelly
Jamie Finn
Stephanie Roche
Hayley Nolan
Emily Whelan
Amber Barrett
Julie Ann Russell
Kyra Carusa
Toskovic for Stanovic 73 mins,
Vujadinovic for Kuc 87 mins,
Nedic for Desic 90 mins
Kyra Carusa -> Clare Shine (58)
Amber Barrett -> Rianna Jarrett (87)
Yellow cards
Stanovic 34 mins
Djukic 53 and 68
Djokovic 74 mins
Diane Caldwell (63)
Red cards
Djukic 68 mins 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
International debut for Kyra Carusa

It was never going to be an easy game and that is how it proved to be as the Republic of Ireland were forced to scrap to earn a 3-0 victory away to Montenegro - a result that sent them top of Group I.

A first-half header from Diane Caldwell was added to by a Katie McCabe free-kick and a tidy finish from Denise O'Sullivan as Vera Pauw's side maintained their unbeaten run.

Montenegro were reduced to 10 players late in the second half but by that stage Ireland were dominant and a second win over the same opponent in this qualifying campaign was later secured.

However, not everything fell for Ireland early on with Ruesha Littlejohn, Rianna Jarrett, Clare Shine and O'Sullivan all going close before Caldwell netted her third senior international goal.

The Dublin native bravely headed in after meeting a Louise Quinn connection following a lofted free-kick from McCabe. It was a similar set-piece from which they profited in the home win over Greece.

Ireland kept on pressing - registering a total of 18 attempts on goal - and Jarrett thought that she had doubled their lead on 50 minutes but her effort was hooked off the goal line.

Montenegro's Darija Djukic picked up a second yellow card for a foul on substitute Kyra Carusa and then McCabe stepped up with a stunning finish from a direct free-kick on 83 minutes.

O'Sullivan added some gloss to the scoreline when she combined well with Jarrett to fire in on 85 minutes. And that was that - a fourth win of the qualifying campaign.

With three games left to play - twice against Germany, once against Ukraine - Ireland remain firmly on course to be in the mix for qualification to the 2021 EURO finals.

Montenegro: Cabarkapa; Popovic, Saranovic, Bozic, Djukic; Bulatovic; Kuc (Vujadinovic 87), Karlicic, Djokovic, Stanovic (Toskovic 73); Desic (Nedic 90).

Republic of Ireland: Brosnan; Caldwell, Quinn, Scott; O’Sullivan, Fahey; O’Gorman, Littlejohn, McCabe; Shine (Carusa 58), Jarrett (Barrett 87).

Referee: Maria Marotta (Italy).
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