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31.10.2023 at 17:00 Loro Borici Stadium, Shkoder Attendance:
Albania 0 - 1 Ireland
Referee: Araksya Saribekyan (Armenia) Nations League-match

Goalscorers
None Denise O Sullivan (88)
Opening squads
Rexhepi;
Gjini,
Maliqi,
G Berisha,
Hila;
Krasniqi,
Franja,
Hamidi (Metalla 63);
Doci,
Maksuti (Troka 86),
Tukaj.
Courtney Brosnan
Caitlin Hayes
Tyler Toland
Louise Quinn
Diane Caldwell
Sinead Farrelly
Katie Mc Cabe
Erin Mc Laughlin
Denise O Sullivan
Abbie Larkin
Substitutes
Hyska,
Curraj,
Toma,
Bajraktari,
Elezaj,
Troka,
Bashka,
Gjergji,
Metalla
Grace Moloney
Sophia Whitehouse
Chloe Mustaki
Lilly Agg
Hayley Nolan
Megan Connolly
Jamie Finn
Saoirse Noonan
Isibeal Atkinson
Emily Whelan
Heather Payne
Substitutions
Gjergji for Gjini 46 mins,
Metalla for Hamidi 63 mins,
Troka for Maksuti 85 mins
Heather Payne -> Erin Mc Laughlin (46)
Jamie Finn -> Sinead Farrelly (46)
Isibeal Atkinson -> Abbie Larkin (63)
Yellow cards
Gjergji 70 mins, Heather Payne (90)
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
A late finish from Denise O'Sullivan secured the three points on a rain-soaked night in Shkoder as Ireland beat Albania 1-0 in the UEFA Nations League.
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31st Oct 2023

With 15 attempts on goal, 37 crosses and 10 corners taken, Ireland applied as much pressure as they could on the Albanian goal in search of a breakthrough that eventually came on 88 minutes.

Up to that point, it was unclear whether this game would be completed such was the torrent of heavy rain that poured down on the pitch in the Loro Borici Stadium. Play was suspended for 60 minutes for the pitch to be drained.

Ireland, naturally, struggled to get their patterns of play together in the first half but found their flow in the second period with some fresh introductions helping to add width and speed to their play.

The impact of Izzy Atkinson on the left flank gave Ireland a new outlet as captain Katie McCabe pushed further forward to support Kyra Carusa, who held the line well.

It was Carusa who eventually pulled the ball back inside the penalty area for O'Sullivan to fire in from close range. It wasn't the prettiest goal but it was hugely important to seal the win.

The victory made it four in a row for Ireland, who secured promotion to League A due to Northern Ireland drawing with Hungary in the other game in Group B1.

Albania: Rexhepi; Gjini, Maliqi, G Berisha, Hila; Krasniqi, Franja, Hamidi (Metalla 63); Doci, Maksuti (Troka 86), Tukaj.

Ireland: Courtney Brosnan; Abbie Larkin (Izzy Atkinson 63), Caitlin Hayes, Louise Quinn, Diane Caldwell, Katie McCabe, Erin McLaughlin (Heather Payne 46); Tyler Toland, Sinead Farrelly (Jamie Finn 46), Denise O’Sullivan; Kyra Carusa.

Referee: Araksya Saribekyan (Armenia).
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