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22.06.2023 at 19:30 Tallaght Stadium Attendance:
Ireland 3 - 2 Zambia
Referee: Caroline Lanssens (Belgium) Friendly-match

Amber Barrett (pen.) (49)
Claire O Riordan (63)
Amber Barrett (71)
Atkinson (og) 16 Mins,
Racheal Kundananji 79 mins
Opening squads
Courtney Brosnan
Claire O Riordan
Niamh Fahey
Louise Quinn
Megan Connolly
Leanne Kiernan
Abbie Larkin
Ruesha Littlejohn
Heather Payne
Saoirse Noonan
Isibeal Atkinson
Hazel Nali;
Margaret Belemu,
Agness Musesa,
Lushomo Mweemba,
Judith Soko;
Xiomara Mapepa,
Susan Banda,
Susan Katongo,
Evarine Rachael Kundananji; Grace Chanda;
Barbra Banda.
Harriet Scott
Chloe Mustaki
Ciara Grant (93)
Erin Mc Laughlin
Amber Barrett
Lucy Quinn
Vast Phiri,
Ochumba Oseke,
Rhoda Chileshe,
Harriet Scott -> Niamh Fahey (46)
Ciara Grant (93) -> Ruesha Littlejohn (46)
Chloe Mustaki -> Isibeal Atkinson (46)
Amber Barrett -> Saoirse Noonan (46)
Erin Mc Laughlin -> Leanne Kiernan (46)
Lucy Quinn -> Abbie Larkin (64)
Vast Phiri for Mweemba 67 mins,
Ochumba Oseke for Mapepa 67 mins
Rhoda Chileshe for S Banda 67 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
Ireland continued their FIFA Women's World Cup build-up in some style at Tallaght Stadium on Thursday night with a 3-2 win over Zambia thanks to a brace from Amber Barrett and Claire O’Riordan’s first international goal.Erin Mc Laughlin Debut

22nd Jun 2023

Ireland started well with early chances falling for Leanne Kiernan, who volleyed wide after just two minutes, and Claire O’Riordan, who lifted her shot over the bar after a scramble in the penalty area.

But it was Zambia who took the lead in the 16th minute. Barbra Banda hooked the ball across the goalmouth and a deflection off Atkinson took it onto the near post before bouncing into the net off ‘keeper Courtney Brosnan.

The Girls in Green went into the break a goal behind but it didn’t take long to draw level after the restart. On 49 minutes Larkin’s shot was handled and sub Amber Barrett rolled the penalty home.

Ireland went ahead 14 minutes later when Claire O’Riordan got her first senior international goal, heading home from a free kick. And eight minutes after that Barrett scored her second, clipping a beautifully judged shot over Hazel Nali in the Zambia goal.

Zambia pulled one back 11 minutes from time when Racheal Kundananji turned Heather Payne, outpaced Harriett Scott and drove a powerful shot low past Brosnan, setting up an intense final ten minutes.

But despite some frantic play in the final stages Vera Pauw’s side protected their lead to register a winning start to their World Cup build up.

Ireland: Courtney Brosnan; Niamh Fahey (Harriett Scott 46), Louise Quinn, Claire O’Riordan; Heather Payne, Ruesha Littlejohn (Ciara Grant 46), Megan Connolly, Izzy Atkinson (Chloe Mustaki 46); Abbie Larkin (Lucy Quinn 64), Saoirse Noonan (Amber Barrett 46), Leanne Kiernan (Erin McLaughlin 46).

Zambia: Hazel Nali; Margaret Belemu, Agness Musesa, Lushomo Mweemba (Vast Phiri 67), Judith Soko; Xiomara Mapepa (Ochumba Oseke 67), Susan Banda (Rhoda Chileshe 67), Susan Katongo, Evarine Rachael Kundananji; Grace Chanda; Barbra Banda.

Referee: Caroline Lanssens (Belgium).
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