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FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifying Round | National Training Centre, Senec
24 October 2017 - 17:30 (local time)

Slovakia 0 - 2 Republic of Ireland

Full-time D. O'Sullivan(11) Vojteková(33og)
Slovakia Republic of Ireland

WNT: Perfect away performance ensures Slovak win

Republic of Ireland delivered the perfect away performance in Slovakia to make it two wins from two games in their FIFA 2019 World Cup qualifying campaign.
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24th Oct 2017

First-half goals from Denise O’Sullivan and skipper Katie McCabe sealed an impressive 2-0 victory which sees Ireland claim maximum points ahead of next month’s trip to the Netherlands to face the European Champions.

16-year old Tyler Toland and Peamount United striker Amber Barrett made their first senior starts for the Women’s National Team as manager Colin Bell celebrates six points from six.

Slovakia dominated much of the ball throughout the game but Colin Bell’s Ireland were able to make much better use of their possession in the perfect away performance.

It only eight minutes to take the lead in Ireland’s first attack of the game. After a defensive error, Megan Campbell’s long throw caught Slovakia off-guard and Katie McCabe squared for Denise O’Sullivan to tuck the ball home from six-yards out.

Just past the half-hour, Ireland established a two-goal lead with another well-worked goal. Substitute Sophie Perry found space down the right to cross for Amber Barrett who touched the ball back for skipper Katie McCabe and McCabe’s low, deflected finish found the bottom corner.

The home side continued to dominate the ball after the break but Ireland’s excellent defensive display ensured a clean sheet for Manchester City goalkeeper Marie Hourihan. Ten minutes from time, Ireland should have scored a third when substitute Ruesha Littlejohn was held back in the area but keeper Maria Korenciova got down well to deny the Celtic striker.

WNT Head Coach Colin Bell said: “I’m very proud of the performance. The two moments of quality got us the goals but it was our hard work throughout the 95 minutes which got us the points tonight.

“It was always going to be a physical test for us but I thought we stood upto it brilliantly. You look across the entire game and they haven’t had a single goal-scoring opportunity and those defensive foundations are virtually important.

“It’s a great start to the campaign with the two wins over Slovakia and Northern Ireland so now we look to the Netherlands game next month and take that confidence into that game. It will be another tough game but we’ll look at it and try and come up with another winning strategy.”

Team

Republic of Ireland: Hourihan (GK), Campbell, Quinn, Fahey, Caldwell, Kiernan (Perry 32), O’Sullivan, McCabe (C), Scott, Toland (McLaughlin 90), Barrett (Littlejohn 74).

Referee: Triinu Laos (EST)

Ireland WNT: Bell expecting 'toughest test yet' v Slovakia

Republic of Ireland Women's National Team Head Coach Colin Bell expects the 'toughest test' yet as his side prepare to face Slovakia on Tuesday.
23rd Oct 2017

The WNT arrived in Slovakia on Saturday ahead of the FIFA 2019 World Cup qualifier at the National Training Centre, Senec on Tuesday, October 24th with kick-off at 16.30pm (17.30pm local time).

The squad will be missing forward duo Stephanie Roche and Aine O'Gorman who both suffered injuries in the 2-0 win over Northern Ireland with the likes of Ruesha Littlejohn, Claire O'Riordan and Isibeal Atkinson called up to the squad.

Despite the injury problems, Bell is confident that the other players in the squad can step up and make their mark as Ireland look to claim maximum points from their first two games. 

Bell said: "We've had a good journey across and it's good to get back on the pitch over here in Slovakia. Training has been really good and I'm seeing plenty of positive signs.

"We've got to be really organised and ready to face them as this is going to be our toughest match so far. We'll be missing the experience of Stephanie and Aine so we'll have to compensate for that.

"Whoever comes in has to be up for the test of these qualifying matches but I've been really impressed with what I've seen during the camp so I'm sure whoever plays will be up for it."

Slovakia suffered a heavy opening defeat in their qualifying campaign as top seeds Norway claimed a 6-1 win in September.

With Ireland looking to build on their opening win of the campaign, Bell believes Slovakia are a better side than the 6-1 scoreline suggests.

He added: "It will be a tough match especially after they lost their first game 6-1. It is a clear scoreline but the game was much different in reality.

"The scoreline didn't reflect the match, Norway just scored every chance they had in the first-half and they seemed to shell-shock Slovakia during that spell.

"But, Slovakia took over the game in the second-half and created plenty of chances, they showed they're a good side and that we need to be on top form to get the result.

"It will be physical. They've got to win so they've got to put us under pressure and we've got to be equipped to deal with that."

Tactical Lineups

Slovakia

12 Korenčiová (G) 2 Haršányová 5 Bíróová 6 Šušolová 7 Šurnovská 9 Vojteková 11 Hmírová 15 Šušková 16 Bartovičová 17 Mikolajová 18 Škorvánková (C)

Substitutes

  • 1 Lucia El-Dahaibiová (G)
  • 4 Monika Havranová
  • 8 Klaudia Fabová
  • 10 Katarína Košlabová
  • 19 Ľudmila Maťavková
  • 20 Andrea Horváthová
  • 21 Stanislava Lišková

Republic of Ireland

1 Hourihan (G) 3 Campbell 4 Quinn 5 Fahey 7 Caldwell 8 Kiernan 10 D. O'Sullivan 11 McCabe (C) 12 Scott 15 Toland 17 Barrett

Officials

  • Referee Triinu Laos
  • Assistant Referee Karolin Kaivoja
  • Assistant Referee Anni Rahula
  • 4th Referee Katarina Smolikova
  • Uefa Delegate Elena Kobak
  • Referee Observer Ausra Kance
  • Katarina Smolikova

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 1" Denise O'Sullivan (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Martina Šurnovská (Slovakia).
  • 2" Jana Vojteková (Slovakia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Harriet Scott (Republic of Ireland).
  • 4" Mária Mikolajová (Slovakia) fouls.
  • 6" Leanne Kiernan (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Martina Šurnovská (Slovakia).
  • 6" Tyler Toland (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Mária Mikolajová (Slovakia).
  • 7" Lucia Šušková (Slovakia) fouls.
  • 7" Jana Vojteková (Slovakia) misses the target.
  • 9" Harriet Scott (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Mária Mikolajová (Slovakia).
  • 9" Patrícia Hmírová (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 11" Denise O'Sullivan (Republic of Ireland) scores!
  • 13" Patrícia Hmírová (Slovakia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Katie McCabe (Republic of Ireland).
  • 13" Megan Campbell (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 13" Diane Caldwell (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 15" Dominika Škorvánková (Slovakia) fouls.
  • 16" Katie McCabe (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 16" Maria Korenčiová (Slovakia) blocks a shot.
  • 17" Denise O'Sullivan (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 20" Mária Mikolajová (Slovakia) takes the corner.
  • 20" Leanne Kiernan (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Lucie Haršányová (Slovakia).
  • 20" Leanne Kiernan (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 22" Martina Šurnovská (Slovakia) has a shot blocked.
  • 22" Leanne Kiernan (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 23" Alexandra Bíróová (Slovakia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Amber Barrett (Republic of Ireland).
  • 24" Megan Campbell (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 25" Jana Vojteková (Slovakia) fouls.
  • 28" Patrícia Hmírová (Slovakia) is penalised for a foul on Megan Campbell (Republic of Ireland).
  • 29" Patrícia Hmírová (Slovakia) has an effort on goal.
  • 29" Marie Hourihan (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 30" Katie McCabe (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Patrícia Hmírová (Slovakia).
  • 30" Sophie Perry (in) - Leanne Kiernan (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 31" Sophie Perry (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 33" Jana Vojteková (Slovakia) scores an own goal.
  • 36" Dominika Škorvánková (Slovakia) has an attempt on goal.
  • 36" Marie Hourihan (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 38" Lucia Šušková (Slovakia) has a shot blocked.
  • 39" Diane Caldwell (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Jana Vojteková (Slovakia).
  • 39" Diane Caldwell (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 39" Patrícia Hmírová (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 40" Patrícia Hmírová (Slovakia) has an attempt on goal.
  • 40" Marie Hourihan (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 41" Mária Mikolajová (Slovakia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Harriet Scott (Republic of Ireland).
  • 42" Patrícia Hmírová (Slovakia) fouls.
  • 43" Megan Campbell (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Patrícia Hmírová (Slovakia).
  • 43" Mária Mikolajová (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 44" Lucie Haršányová (Slovakia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Amber Barrett (Republic of Ireland).
  • 45" Megan Campbell (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 45" Maria Korenčiová (Slovakia) blocks a shot.
  • 45+1" Martina Šurnovská (Slovakia) fouls.
  • 45+1" Megan Campbell (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 45+1" Louise Quinn (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 45+2" Denise O'Sullivan (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 45+2" Maria Korenčiová (Slovakia) blocks a shot.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 47" Valentína Šušolová (Slovakia) is penalised for a foul on Katie McCabe (Republic of Ireland).
  • 47" Megan Campbell (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 47" Louise Quinn (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 49" Lucia Šušková (Slovakia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Amber Barrett (Republic of Ireland).
  • 49" Megan Campbell (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 50" Tyler Toland (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 51" Diana Bartovičová (Slovakia) has an effort on goal.
  • 51" Marie Hourihan (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 51" Amber Barrett (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 52" Amber Barrett (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 53" Amber Barrett (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 54" Lucia Šušková (Slovakia) has a shot blocked.
  • 55" Tyler Toland (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 55" Tyler Toland (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 56" Patrícia Hmírová (Slovakia) fouls.
  • 57" Amber Barrett (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 61" Lucia Šušková (Slovakia) is penalised for a foul on Katie McCabe (Republic of Ireland).
  • 62" Stanislava Lišková (in) - Dominika Škorvánková (out) (Slovakia)
  • 62" Lucia Šušková (Slovakia) is booked.
  • 63" Lucia Šušková (Slovakia) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Katie McCabe (Republic of Ireland).
  • 64" Katie McCabe (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 64" Maria Korenčiová (Slovakia) blocks a shot.
  • 65" Martina Šurnovská (Slovakia) fouls.
  • 66" Megan Campbell (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 69" Diana Bartovičová (Slovakia) is penalised for a foul on Megan Campbell (Republic of Ireland).
  • 71" Jana Vojteková (Slovakia) has a shot blocked.
  • 72" Katie McCabe (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Lucia Šušková (Slovakia).
  • 72" Katie McCabe (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 72" Mária Mikolajová (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 73" Mária Mikolajová (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 73" Lucie Haršányová (Slovakia) fouls.
  • 77" Ruesha Littlejohn (in) - Amber Barrett (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 78" Klaudia Fabová (in) - Martina Šurnovská (out) (Slovakia)
  • 80" Ruesha Littlejohn (Republic of Ireland) was fouled in the penalty area by Lucie Haršányová (Slovakia)
  • 80" Ruesha Littlejohn (Republic of Ireland) missed the penalty saved by the goalkeeper.
  • 81" Niamh Fahey (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 81" Ruesha Littlejohn (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 83" Ruesha Littlejohn (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Lucia Šušková (Slovakia).
  • 84" Jana Vojteková (Slovakia) has a shot blocked.
  • 84" Mária Mikolajová (Slovakia) misses the target.
  • 85" Ruesha Littlejohn (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 85" Lucia Šušková (Slovakia) takes the free-kick.
  • 88" Jana Vojteková (Slovakia) is penalised for a foul on Katie McCabe (Republic of Ireland).
  • 90+3" Klaudia Fabová (Slovakia) is flagged for offside.
  • 90+3" Roma McLaughlin (in) - Tyler Toland (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 90+5" Roma McLaughlin (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Slovakia
  • Republic of Ireland

Corners Won

1 3

Shots on Target

5 5

Shots off Target

2 3

Fouls Committed

22 12
  • Slovakia

    Republic of Ireland

  • 0Goals2
  • 1Yellow Card(s)3
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 5Shots on Goal5
  • 2Shots Wide3
  • 5Shot(s) Blocked1
  • 4Save(s)4
  • 12Total Shots9
  • 22Fouls Committed12
  • 1Corner(s)3
  • 1Offside(s)8