At kick-off, a 1-1 draw towards Slovakia might need been deemed as two factors dropped for the Republic of Ireland Women.
Vera Pauw’s workforce should still have been disenchanted with the point at full-time, however they may even know they may have ended the night empty-handed.
If they’re to qualify for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, it was by no means more likely to be all plain crusing all through.
Despite the optimistic efficiency towards Group A giant weapons Sweden in a 1-0 defeat, adopted by a giant away win over second seeds Finland, the Girls in Green have been introduced crashing again right down to earth with a draw towards a well-drilled Slovakian workforce at Tallaght Stadium on Thursday evening.
A Martina Surnovska objective early within the second half gave the guests a shock lead, however it was cancelled out by Katie McCabe.
Neither aspect may discover a winner, in what was – on steadiness – an equitable sharing of the spoils.
McCabe rescues point for ROI
Ireland loved the higher of the primary half, with Denise O’Sullivan and Heather Payne main the road and troubling the Slovakia defence with their tempo.
McCabe offered an engine down the left, with the Arsenal star that includes in each defence and assault for the home aspect.
Although the guests had two half-chances from Maria Mikolajova and Patricia Hmirova on the right-hand aspect, the Irish have been ready to take in the bulk of the Slovakia stress. Louise Quinn offered a towering presence at the center of the defence.
Ireland appeared to maneuver up a gear as the half wore on, and Lucy Quinn’s looping header within the thirty second minute virtually discovered its approach into the highest nook. Nonetheless, they continued to push ahead, with Quinn and Payne each coming near a breakthrough earlier than the referee signalled for half-time with the edges degree at 0-0.
The hosts endured a nightmare begin to the second half, nonetheless. L’udmila Mat’vakova discovered herself in area down the best wing, crossing to Martina Surnovska who managed to bundle it previous Courtney Brosnan for the lead.
Ireland instantly appeared to hit again, and Megan Connolly and Lucy Quinn each had fierce pictures from outdoors the field.
The stress ultimately informed, when the ball fell to Katie McCabe on the left, and the captain buried a low shot into the far nook, sending the home crowd into raptures.
Slovakia responded nicely. Alexandra Biroova had a headed effort nicely saved by Courtney Brosnan, earlier than Quinn got here to the rescue with a goal-line clearance after a mix-up within the Irish defence introduced Laura Zemberyova with a golden alternative.
From there, each groups pushed for a winner, however neither may land the knockout blow.
A setback for the Republic of Ireland. A point gained for Slovakia. But there’s a lengthy street left to journey in Group A.
The Republic of Ireland host Georgia at Tallaght Stadium on Tuesday evening, on the identical night Slovakia will journey to Sweden.
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