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27.10.2023 at 17:45 Tallaght Stadium Attendance:
Ireland 5 - 1 Albania
Referee: Lizzy Van Der Helm (Netherlands) Nations League-match

Goalscorers
Katie Mc Cabe (4)
Katie Mc Cabe (26)
Kyra Carusa (56)
Kyra Carusa (59)
Katie Mc Cabe (81)
Doci 7 mins,
Opening squads
Courtney Brosnan
Caitlin Hayes
Megan Connolly
Tyler Toland
Louise Quinn
Katie Mc Cabe
Diane Caldwell
Abbie Larkin
Kyra Carusa
Isibeal Atkinson
Denise O Sullivan
Viona Rexhepi;
Lucie Gjini,
Arbenita Curraj,
Sara Maliqi,
Mikaela Metalla;
Ezmiralda Franja,
Qendresa Krasniqi,
Gresa Berisha;
Alma Hila,
Kristina Maksuti,
Megi Doci.
Substitutes
Grace Moloney
Chloe Mustaki
Claire O Riordan
Lilly Agg
Hayley Nolan
Erin Mc Laughlin
Sinead Farrelly
Jamie Finn
Emily Whelan
Saoirse Noonan
Megan Campbell
Hyska,
Tukaj,
Toma,
Bajraktari,
Hamidi,
Elezaj,
Troka,
Bashka,
Gjergji
Substitutions
Sinead Farrelly -> Megan Connolly (57)
Erin Mc Laughlin -> Isibeal Atkinson (57)
Jamie Finn -> Abbie Larkin (70)
Emily Whelan -> Kyra Carusa (82)
Chloe Mustaki -> Diane Caldwell (82)
Hamidi for Metalla 55 mins,
Troka for Maksuti 84 mins,
Tukaj for Curraj 89 mins,
Gjergji for KRASNIQI 89 MINS,
Yellow cards
Sinead Farrelly (65)
Franja 80 mins,
Curraj 80 mins,
Doci 81 mins,
bERISHA 90+5 MINS,
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 Diane Caldwell became the team's seventh centurion, the Ireland Women's National Team won 5-1 over Albania in the UEFA Nations League at Tallaght Stadium.

27th Oct 2023

This was another sold out event for the WNT and a crowd of 5,732 turned up to cheer on a team that has found its attacking groove under Interim Head Coach Eileen Gleeson.

Captain Katie McCabe netted a hat-trick - her second for Ireland at senior level - and provided two assists for Kyra Carusa to score a brace and cancel out the early goal from the visitors, scored by Megi Doci.

In many ways, the spotlight on this night was shared by McCabe and Caldwell. For the skipper, it was a masterclass in counter attacking and she was a joy to watch in full flow. For Caldwell, she even tried a couple of long-range shots to top her night.

Carusa finished brilliantly when she needed to and every player contributed to what was an impressive team performance. With 12 goals scored and one conceded after three games, they are moving well.

Ultimately, Ireland did what they had to do in order to collect the three points and make it three wins from three in Group B1. They will meet Albania again on Tuesday, October 31 in Shkoder.

Ireland: Courtney Brosnan; Diane Caldwell (Chloe Mustaki 82), Louise Quinn, Caitlin Hayes; Izzy Atkinson (Erin McLaughlin 57), Denise O’Sullivan, Megan Connolly (Sinead Farrelly 57), Tyler Toland, Abbie Larkin (Jamie Finn 71); Katie McCabe, Kyra Carusa (Emily Whelan 82).

Albania: Viona Rexhepi; Lucie Gjini, Arbenita Curraj (Armela Tukaj 89), Sara Maliqi, Mikaela Metalla (Mimoza Hamodi 55); Ezmiralda Franja, Qendresa Krasniqi (Matilda Gjergji 89), Gresa Berisha; Alma Hila, Kristina Maksuti (Valentina Troka 84), Megi Doci.

Referee: Lizzy Van Der Helm (Netherlands).
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