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Here are the goals that earned Ireland a superb win over Finland

Megan Connolly’s effort put Ireland in the ascendancy in Helsinki and Denise O’Sullivan bagged the winner.

THE REPUBLIC OF Ireland made a super start to their World Cup qualifier against Finland and dug deep to claim a 2-1 win. 

Megan Connolly’s well-taken free-kick put them ahead in the 10th minute at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, after a period of sustained pressure by Vera Pauw’s side.

A free-kick was awarded to the visitors on the edge of the Finland area, allowing Connolly to curl the ball above the wall and send her shot rattling into the net off the crossbar.

It was an excellent strike to cap off a spell of brilliant play for Ireland, who held that 1-0 lead at the half-time break.

Adelina Engman equalised for the home side at the start of the second half, but Denise O’Sullivan nodded home the winner four minutes later. 

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