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Irish internationals on target across the water, as Campbell makes long-awaited Liverpool debut

Louise Quinn scored for Birmingham in the WSL, while Niamh Fahey and Rianna Jarrett found the net in the FA Cup.

Louise Quinn.
Louise Quinn.
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Updated Dec 12th 2021, 9:02 PM

LOUISE QUINN WAS on target for Birmingham City in the Women’s Super League [WSL] this afternoon, but there was disappointment at the death for the Blues’ seven-strong Irish contingent as they fell to a 3-2 defeat to Manchester City.

England star Ellen White scored the winner in the 89th minute at St Andrew’s, as City left with all three points. 

Wicklow centre-half Quinn had put her side into a 2-1 lead with a close-range finish, which came as her second WSL goal this season.

The Birmingham captain was one of three Irish internationals to start, alongside goalkeeper Marie Hourihan and defender Harriet Scott. Attacker Lucy Quinn came off the bench in the second half, while former Women’s National League [WNL] trio Jamie Finn, Emily Whelan and Eleanor Ryan-Doyle were unused substitutes.

Elsewhere in the WSL this afternoon, Megan Connolly and Megan Walsh’s Brighton & Hove Albion fell to a 2-0 home defeat to Manchester United, while Courtney Brosnan’s Everton drew 1-1 with her former side, West Ham. Goalkeeper Walsh and Connolly both started for the Seagulls, while Brosnan was an unused substitute for the Toffees.

In the evening games, Katie McCabe played the first hour as Arsenal beat Leicester 4-0 to capitalise on Chelsea’s surprise 1-0 loss to Reading yesterday. Victory extends Arsenal’s lead at the top of the table to four points, with Leicester still rooted to the foot of the table with nine defeats from nine. 

Ruesha Littlejohn, meanwhile, started for Aston Villa in their 2-1 loss at home to Spurs. 

Meanwhile, it was a productive day for the Irish in the Women’s FA Cup, as Niamh Fahey and Rianna Jarrett both grabbed goals, and Megan Campbell made her long-awaited competitive Liverpool debut after her latest injury setback.

Campbell’s return surely brought a smile to Irish fans’ faces; the former Manchester City player’s last few seasons scuppered by injury. A top left-sided defender and long-throw specialist, it’s also a boost for Girls In Green boss Vera Pauw ahead of the second half of the 2023 World Cup qualifying campaign next year.

Reds captain Fahey was on target in the 4-0 win over Burnley (Leanne Kiernan was absent from the matchday squad after recent injury struggles), while Jarret’s goal helped London City Lionesses to a 6-1 victory over Ashford Town.

In Scotland, Glasgow City – with former Ireland assistant manager Eileen Gleeson at the helm and a host of internationals involved – enjoyed a 2-0 win over Patrick Thistle. Aoife Colvill scored a second-half goal, while former Peamount United duo Claire Walsh and Niamh Farrell also played for City.

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“Happy to get the three points and keep a clean sheet,” Gleeson said after their final game of 2021.

And Tyler Toland and Izzy Atkinson’s Celtic were 7-0 winners over Motherland; Toland a second-half substitute and Atkinson held in reserve.

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