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Republic of Ireland striker Roche makes debut for new Italian club Florentia

The Dubliner came on in the second half of her side’s 3-1 victory over Hellas Verona Women in Serie A.

Republic of Ireland's Stephanie Roche (file pic).
Republic of Ireland's Stephanie Roche (file pic).
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND’S Stephanie Roche has made her debut for Italian side Florentia, after sealing a move to the club in October.

The 29-year-old was introduced in the 83rd minute of Florentia’s Serie A clash with Hellas Verona Women which they won 3-1.

Roche previously told The42 that she had secured a move to Italy but was unable to reveal the name of the club at the time as she was awaiting international clearance and registration to process, while her new employers wished to make the announcement themselves.

Roche begins her Italian adventure after a nightmare year with injuries including a fracture to her tibia in Ireland’s opening European Championships qualifier against Northern Ireland.

But the Dubliner is looking towards a new chapter in her career in mainland Europe after parting ways with Sunderland.

Florentia are currently fourth on the Serie A table, 10 points behind leaders AC Milan.

Elisabetta Tona, Isotta Nocchi and an own-goal from Verona’s Sofia Meneghini helped Roche’s side to victory on Saturday, and they face Juventus in their next Serie A fixture next Saturday 12 January.

Gavan Casey, Murray Kinsella and Andy Dunne preview the weekend’s action:

Source: Heineken Rugby Weekly on The42/SoundCloud

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