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Cork's Denise O'Sullivan grabs crucial game-winning goal as North Carolina book final place

The Republic of Ireland international grabbed the only goal of the game.

Image: Ryan Byrne; ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne/INPHO

DENISE O’SULLIVAN ensured North Carolina Courage reached the championship final of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) after conjuring a crucial strike in the club’s clash with Chicago Red Stars.

The Cork native pounced in the last minute to grab the solitary goal of the game and set up a decider against Portland Thorns in Orlando next Saturday.

O’Sullivan, who was traded from Houston Dash earlier in the season, scored her first in NC colours as she ran onto a corner delivery and struck a right-footed effort to the net via a deflection with only a minute of normal time left.

It proved the difference.

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‘It was affecting everything, my happiness. In the end I said, ‘I’m going to stand up for myself here”

‘He has a track record of success and really backs himself. That filters down to the team’

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