November 20, 2017, 1:11

Ireland women’s side maintain perfect start to World Cup qualifying

Ireland women’s side maintain perfect start to World Cup qualifying

The Republic of Ireland women’s side made it two straight wins in their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-0 victory in Slovakia.

First-half goals from Denise O’Sullivan and Megan McCabe put the visitors in control and, despite Ruesha Littlejohn missing a late penalty, Colin Bell’s side moved level on points with Group Three leaders Norway.

The girls in green eased early nerves by taking a 11th-minute lead in their first attack. Megan Campbell’s long throw-in released Katie McCabe and her cut-back was turned home by O’Sullivan.

Megan McCabe put the Irish 2-0 up in the 33rd minute, making no mistake from inside the penalty area after O’Sullivan’s intended pass for Amber Barrett had been deflected into her path.

The Republic had a chance to add a third goal when they were awarded a penalty in the 79th minute, but substitute Littlejohn’s spot-kick was well saved by Slovakia goalkeeper Maria Korenciova.

Harriet Scott and Diane Caldwell celebrate at the National Training Centre in Senec, Slovakia. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Next up is a trip to European champions the Netherlands on November 28.

Sourse: breakingnews.ie

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