11.10.2022 at 19:45 Hamden Park
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)
World Cup Play off / PROG-match
R Mc Lauchlan,
Claire O Riordan
Ciara Grant (93)
E Mukandi for F Browne 66 mins,
C Grimshae for L Evans 66 mins,
L Graham for S Kerr 75 mins,
A Harrison for M Thomas 75 mins,
J Beattie for N Docherty 82 mins,
Amber Barrett -> Heather Payne (66)
History was made in Hampden Park as the Republic of Ireland Women's National Team qualified for their first ever major tournament following their 2023 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Play-Off win over Scotland.
12th Oct 2022
A single goal from substitute Amber Barrett proved to be the difference in a tight game, which saw Vera Pauw's team finish off their qualifying campaign in the best possible way.
Pauw had stated before the campaign began that the goal was to reach the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and that is exactly what they achieved.
Scotland had the opportunity to seize control of the game early on when they were awarded a penalty, but goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan produced a fantastic save to deny Caroline Weir.
Ireland pushed back with Megan Campbell's long throw-inss wreaking havoc - one of which even ended up in the back of the net. A first goal looked likely for Ireland as the first half wore on.
Áine O'Gorman had a great chance to score before Scotland cleared off the line just before the interval. Pauw's team were building in confidence at the right time.
After the break, Ireland continued to press in search of that goal and it finally arrived seven minutes after Barrett came off the bench when she raced onto a through ball by Denise O'Sullivan to cooly fire in.
The home side tried to draw level but they could not find a way past a stubborn Irish backline. And so Ireland were the victors and were able to celebrate a historic win.
Scotland: Lee Alexander; Lisa Evans (Christy Grimshaw 65), Rachel Corsie, Sophie Howard, Nicola Docherty; Erin Cuthbert, Caroline Weir, Samantha Kerr (Abi Harrison 76); Fiona Brown (Emma Mitchell 65), Martha Thomas, Claire Emslie.
Republic of Ireland: Courtney Brosnan; Niamh Fahey, Louise Quinn, Diane Caldwell; Jamie Finn; Megan Campbell; Áine O’Gorman, Lily Agg, Denise O’Sullivan, Katie McCabe; Heather Payne (Amber Barrett 65).
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland).