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Denise O'Sullivan scored for Ireland.
Denise O'Sullivan scored for Ireland.

Ireland's women defeated in crucial Euro 2013 qualifier

Two last-gasp Scotland goals broke the visitors’ hearts, despite their brave performance.
Apr 6th 2012, 8:54 PM 502 0

Scotland 2-1 Ireland

THE IRELAND WOMEN’S soccer team endured a disappointing 2-1 loss to Scotland at Tynecastle this afternoon.

The visitors took an early lead in the game, with Denise O’Sullivan scoring a header after only four minutes.

Ireland subsequently survived a number of scares, with Kim Little missing a penalty on the hour mark for the hosts.

However, Scotland’s pressure eventually told, as Rhonda Jones headed in from a corner with only four minutes remaining.

Christie Murray then capitalised on some sloppy Irish passing, producing a powerful 30-yard shot that sailed over goalkeeper Emma Byrne’s head and into the net.

Ireland had started the day behind France and two points ahead of both Wales and Scotland in their qualifying group, but now face an uphill task to qualify.

SCOTLAND: G. Fay (Celtic); R. Jones (Celtic), R. Corsie (Glasgow City), I. Dieke (Vittsjo GIK), R. Small (Forfar Farmington); S. Grant (Celtic), J. Love (Glasgow City), M. Snedden (Celtic), H. Lauder (Aland United); K. Little (Arsenal), J. Ross (Glasgow City),

Subs: L. Ross (Glasgow City) for Grant (11 mins), C. Murray (Glasgow City) for Love (61 mins), L. Evans (Glasgow City) for Lauder (65 mins),

REP OF IRELAND: E. Byrne (Arsenal); S. Perry (Chelsea), M. Campbell (Raheny United), L. Quinn (Peamount United), MT. McDonnell (Chicago Red Stars); S. Smyth (Amazon Grimstad FK) C. Grant (Arsenal), N. Fahey (Arsenal); A. O’Gorman (Doncaster Belles), D. O’Sullivan (Cork), JA Russell (Doncaster Belles).

Subs: M. O’Brien (Chicago Red Eleven) for Russell (59 mins), F. O’Sullivan (Soyaux ASJ) for D. O’Sullivan, R. Littlejohn (Liverpool) for Smyth (88 mins)

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