Irish women breeze past Chicago
|Chicago Breeze ||0||-||6||Republic of Ireland |
|Aine O'Gorman (2), Stephanie Roche (2), Noelle Murray, Seline Moylan|
|Saturday, July 17th, 2009||Kuntz Stadium, Indianiapolis|
|Irish women breeze past Chicago|
|Ireland's twin strike force of teenage sensations, Aine O Gorman and Stephanie Roche ran riot in the Kuntz stadium in Indianapolis with both strikers scoring two goals each, as Ireland's women continue their winning ways on their USA trip with an impressive 6-0 victory over WPL team, Chicago Breeze.|
In what was a tense opening 25 minutes for the Irish defence who were tested to the full as the Breeze threatened to score on a number of occasions through a series of dangerous attacking moves from the Americans.
Having withstood the early pressure Ireland settled and got control of the game before Aine O'Gorman broke the deadlock after 30 minutes when a combination pass between Hughes and Roche set her up to give Ireland the lead.
Five minutes later, O'Gorman scored her second as she seized on an O'Connor header following a Stephanie Roche corner to send Ireland in at half time 2-0 up.
Irish manager, Noel King made five changes at half-time and the second half was only 30 seconds old when Roche blocked a clearance from Chicago's goalkeeper following a poor back-pass, before tapping into an empty net making it 3-0.
On the hour mark, Ireland scored the goal of the game when a sweeping move down the left-wing between Stefanie Curtis and Ciara McCormack linked up before crossing to Stephanie Roche who blasted it home from 7 yards out.
With the game over as a contest and Chicago running out of steam, Ireland added two more goals through Noelle Murray in the 67 minute and Selina Moylan in the 87th minute to complete an impressive night for the Irish women.
Manager King was happy with the nights work, "The opposition were obviously not as prolific as our previous two games and without question we were the best team but that said, it was very encouraging to see how we coped with the early pressure and we fought back with persistence, good possession and some clinical finishing to see out the game," he said.
"I was always going to make a lot of changes at half time, as the girls are getting hungry for more action, but the impact some of the girls made coming off the bench was nice to see. Obviously the results we are looking for come in September and October, but creating a winning mentality will I believe help us so once again there has been progress tonight," added the Irish boss.
|Emma Byrne, Marie Curtin, Ciara McCormack, Yvonne Tracey, Niam Fahey, Sonya Hughes, Diane Caldwell, Jemma Connor , Stephanie Roche, Aine O Connor, Stefanie Curtis|
Substitutes: Mary Therese McDonnell, (45min),Meabh Da Burcha (75min), Noelle Murray (45min), Selina Moylan (16min), Lynn Bradley, Rachel Jukabowski 45(min), Selina Moylan(45min) Shannon McDonnell (75min), Susan Byrne 75min), Shannon Smyth (45min)