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McCabe hits brilliant winner as Ireland see off Wales in Cyprus Cup

The Girls in Green have topped their group after a second win this afternoon.

THE IRELAND WOMEN’S National team kept up their encouraging start under new head coach Colin Bell this afternoon.

Taking part in the Cyprus Cup, the Girls in Green earned a 1-0 win over Wales to remain unbeaten in the competition following on from their 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic and Friday’s 0-0 draw with Hungary.

Ireland Wales Cyprus Cup Ireland's starting line-up today. Source: FAI

Arsenal winger Katie McCabe struck the decisive goal on 20 minutes. Diane Caldwell hit a superb long pass out of defence and the Dubliner took a touch before burying the ball into the roof of the net.

Ireland sit top Group C and now wait to see who finishes as the best runner-up from Group A and B for their final game on Wednesday.

“It was another fantastic performance where the players have given everything for the cause and fought until the final seconds to get the win we deserved,” said Bell.

It was a fantastic goal. A fantastic ball from Diane (Caldwell) to pick out Katie McCabe and it was a fantastic finish, a goal worthy of winning any game.


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“In the second-half, we had to keep things tight so we brought Megan (Connolly) in who was able to drop in and give Karen (Duggan) more of a chance to drop back and defend the way she did.

“Wales are difficult opponents, a really good team but they didn’t have one real chance in the second-half which is testament to how well we played.

“We could have snatched a second at the end but I’m delighted for the team who are getting the rewards for their efforts.”

Ireland: Byrne, Perry, Caldwell, Quinn, Scott, Duggan, O’Sullivan, Roche, O’Gorman, McCabe (Littlejohn 85), O’Riordan (Connolly 46).

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