REPORT | Portugal 3-0 WU19

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REPORT | Portugal 3-0 WU19

The Republic of Ireland made 10 changes for their second International Friendly against Portugal in three days and lost 3-0 at the Centro de Estágios do Luso.
15th Sep 2022

Head Coach Dave Connell wanted to use these two games to test his full squad so this was an opportunity for players who didn't start in last Tuesday's scoreless draw to impress.

Sligo Rovers forward Emma Doherty was the only player to stay in the line-up and she captained the team.

The game had barely got going when Portugal were awarded a penalty inside two minutes which Inés Simas dispatched down the middle to make it 1-0.

Ireland responded well with high pressing and positive attacking play with Michaela Lawrence and Doherty both causing problems for the opposition's backline.

Portugal got their second goal just before the half hour mark when midfielder Bárbara Afonso broke through, controlled the ball and fired it past goalkeeper Katie Keane.

Connell made seven changes ahead of the second period kicking off to introduce more energy to the team. But the home team quickly added to their lead with a nice half volley finish from Maria Ferreira.

Ireland brought an aggressive edge to their game and looked to move the ball quickly with Tara O'Hanlon working well with Lia O'Leary on the left flank, while Sophie Morrin and Scarlett Herron worked hard in the middle of the pitch.

Peamount United's Michelle Doonan should have profited from a couple of half chances but the ball just did not bounce how she needed it to. And that summed up Ireland's attacking play - just lacking that bit of luck.

Overall, this was a hard-working performance that Connell will surely learn a lot from as the UEFA European Championship qualifiers draw closer. This is a talented group of players with an experienced staff behind them, so they will embrace the challenge of bigger games to come.

Republic of Ireland: Katie Keane (Summer Lawless 78); Meabh Russell (Melissa O'Kane 78), Eve Dossen (Kate Thompson 46), Abi Tuthill, Lucy Brame (Tara O'Hanlon 46); Michaela Lawrence (Abbie Larkin 46), Orlaith O'Mahony (Sophie Morrin 46), Aoife Mohan (Scarlett Herron 46), Jamie Thompson (Eva Mangan 67), Chloe Atkinson (Lia O'Leary 46); Emma Doherty (Michelle Doonan 46).