At kick-off, a 1-1 draw in opposition to Slovakia may need been deemed as two factors dropped for the Republic of Eire Girls.
Vera Pauw’s workforce should have been dissatisfied with the purpose at full-time, however they may also 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.
Regardless of the Positive efficiency in opposition to Group A giant weapons Sweden in a 1-0 defeat, adopted by a giant away win over second seeds Finland, the Women in Inexperienced have been introduced crashing again all the way down to earth with a draw in opposition to a well-drilled Slovakian workforce at Tallaght Stadium on Thursday night time.
A Martina Surnovska objective early within the second half gave the guests a shock lead, nevertheless it was cancelled out by Katie McCabe.
Neither aspect may discover a winner, in what was – on stability – an equitable sharing of the spoils.
McCabe rescues level for ROI
Eire 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 house aspect.
Though the guests had two half-chances from Maria Mikolajova and Patricia Hmirova on the right-hand aspect, the Irish have been in a position to absorb the vast majority of the Slovakia stress. Louise Quinn offered a towering presence on the coronary heart of the defence.
Eire appeared to maneuver up a gear because the half wore on, and Lucy Quinn’s looping header within the thirty second minute nearly 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 stage at 0-0.
The hosts endured a nightmare begin to the second half, nevertheless. L’udmila Mat’vakova discovered herself in area down the suitable wing, crossing to Martina Surnovska who managed to bundle it previous Courtney Brosnan for the lead.
Eire instantly appeared to hit again, and Megan Connolly and Lucy Quinn each had fierce pictures from exterior the field.
The stress finally advised, when the ball fell to Katie McCabe on the left, and the captain buried a low shot into the far nook, sending the house 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 Eire. Some extent gained for Slovakia. However there’s a lengthy street left to journey in Group A.
The Republic of Eire host Georgia at Tallaght Stadium on Tuesday night time, on the identical night Slovakia will journey to Sweden.
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