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06.07.2023 at 20:00 Tallaght Stadium Attendance:
Ireland 0 - 3 France
Referee: Kirsty Dowle (England). Friendly-match

Goalscorers
None. Lakrar 45 Mins,
Le Sommer 45+2 mins
Lakrar 60 mins
Opening squads
Courtney Brosnan
Niamh Fahey
Megan Connolly
Louise Quinn
Katie Mc Cabe
Sinead Farrelly
Heather Payne
Ruesha Littlejohn
Denise O Sullivan
Marissa Sheva
Kyra Carusa
Pauline Peyraud-Magnin;
Maelle Lakrar,
Wendie Renard,
Estelle Cascarino,
Sakina Karchaoui;
Grace Geyoro,
Sandie Toletti,
Kenza Dali;
Kadidiatou Diani,
Eugenie Le Sommer,
Selma Bacha
Substitutes
Claire O Riordan
Diane Caldwell
Lilly Agg
Aine O Gorman
Abbie Larkin
Isibeal Atkinson
Clara Mateo
Elisa De Almeida
Eve Perisset,
Viviane Asseyi,
Amel Majri,
Substitutions
Isibeal Atkinson -> Katie Mc Cabe (31)
Aine O Gorman -> Heather Payne (69)
Claire O Riordan -> Niamh Fahey (69)
Lilly Agg -> Ruesha Littlejohn (69)
Diane Caldwell -> Megan Connolly (80)
Abbie Larkin -> Sinead Farrelly (80)
Clara Mateo Diani 61 mins,
Elisa De Almeida for Dali 61 mins;
Eve Perisset for Lakrac 74 mins,
Naomie Feller Le Sommec 74 mins,
Viviane Asseyi for Karchaoui 84 mins,
Amel Majri for Geyoro 84 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
In front of a record crowd of 7,633, Ireland lost 3-0 to France at Tallaght Stadium but experienced the type of challenge they wanted ahead of FIFA Women's World Cup 2023.

6th Jul 2023

Ireland put in a commanding performance in the opening 45 minutes, dominating long stretches of play and limiting France to occasional forays down the flanks that produced nothing more dangerous than the ball finding Courtney Brosnan’s side-netting.

The Girls in Green might even have taken the lead on 11 minutes when a superb through ball from Sinead Farrelly released Kyra Carusa who finished past Peyraud-Magnin in the French goal. But the assistant flagged for a very tight offside and the game remained level.

Then, against the run of play and in added time at the end of the first half, France struck twice to send the Irish women in two behind at the break. Maelle Lakrar bundled in the first after a spell of pinball in the Irish area, and Eugenie Le Sommer glided in a second two minutes later.

France started the second period like a different team and when their third came just after the hour mark it was no great surprise. It came from the head of Lakrar, smacking in her second of the night from Kenza Dali’s corner.

The result was beyond rescue at that stage and vera Pauw took the opportunity to send on a slew of substitutes, ensuring as many of of her squad saw some action before the flight to the Antipodes.

There were occasional half chances in the closing stages but Irish heads were, perhaps excusably, drifting towards the airport and the next monumental challenge. France showed them the kind fo quality they can expect to meet there, but Pauw’s side showed enough in the game to provoke considerable confidence.

Ireland: Courtney Brosnan; Heather Payne (Aine O’Gorman 69), Niamh Fahey (Claire O’Riordan 69), Louise Quinn, Megan Connolly (Diane Caldwell 80), Katie McCabe (Izzy Atkinson 31); Sinead Farrelly (Abbie Larkin 80), Denise O’Sullivan, Ruesha Littlejohn (Lily Agg 69), Marissa Sheva; Kyra Carusa.

France: Pauline Peyraud-Magnin; Maelle Lakrar (Eve Perisset 74), Wendie Renard, Estelle Cascarino, Sakina Karchaoui (Viviane Asseyi 84); Grace Geyoro (Amel Majri 84), Sandie Toletti, Kenza Dali (Elisa De Almeida 61); Kadidiatou Diani (Clara Mateo 61), Eugenie Le Sommer (Naomie Feller 74), Selma Bacha.

Referee: Kirsty Dowle (England).
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