Ireland off to a EURO flier

Published: Sunday 1 April 2007, 17.11CET
Republic of Ireland 2-1 Hungary Katie Taylor and Susan Byrne ensured Ireland came from a goal down as UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying began.

Match statistics

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Goals scored2
Yellow cards1
Red cards0
Goal attempts2
Attempts off target0
Fouls committed0
Published: Sunday 1 April 2007, 17.11CET

Ireland off to a EURO flier

Republic of Ireland 2-1 Hungary Katie Taylor and Susan Byrne ensured Ireland came from a goal down as UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying began.

The Republic of Ireland have got the UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying round under way with a 2-1 home win against Hungary at Tolka Park.

Byrne winner
The visitors took the lead in this Group 2 contest through Anita Pádár just before the half-hour but Ireland battled back to equalise through a 30-metre Katie Taylor shot as the interval approached. Susan Byrne then struck in the second half following Sharon Boyle's free-kick to send the home crowd home happy.

King 'thrilled'
Ireland manager Noel King said: "I was thrilled with the character shown by the players to come back from losing an early goal. Hopefully, we can build on this for our next game in the group against Italy on 31 May. We scored two great goals in the game and this win will build confidence at this initial stage of the group. The pitch didn’t lend itself to passing football so we had to adapt our game to a more direct approach but in the end, we got the three points we were looking for."

Qualifying system
Sweden and Romania are the other teams involved in this section with a total of 30 countries all bidding to join Finland in the 12-team finals next year. The winners of all six groups will earn an automatic place, while the runners-up and best four third-place teams will play off in October 2008 for the remaining five berths.

Last updated: 02/04/07 9.32CET

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Team profiles


Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland



3Sharon Boyle13Fanni Vágó
1Emma Byrne (GK)9Cecilia Gaspár
4Susan Byrne
18Zsanett Jakabfi
6Marie Curtin4Krisztina Kanta
9Stephanie Curtis11Anett Nagy
2Niamh Fahey8Anita Padár
Yellow Card87'
7Ciara Grant (C)10Aranka Paraoanu (C)
5Alisha Moran2Györgyi Sebestyén
Yellow Card45'
8Elaine O'Connor6Angela Smuczer
Yellow Card54'
11Olivia Christin O'Toole3Éva Sümegi
10Katie Taylor
Yellow Card37'
1Melinda Szvorda (GK)


14Diane Caldwell15Tímea Gál
12Lahra Anne Hislop17Réka Jakab
17Noelle Murray12Gabriella Kövesi (GK)
13Michelle O'Brien14Boglárka Megyeri
15Aine O'Gorman5Anita Szekér
16Catriona Connolly16Nikolett Szórádi
18Grace Murray7Gabriella Tóth


Noel King (IRL) Attila Vágó (HUN)


Marija Margareta Damjanovic (CRO)

Assistant referees

Lidija Kraljic (CRO), Lidja Kunstek (CRO)

Fourth official

Hilda McDermott (IRL)


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See also

  • Republic of Ireland

    Republic of Ireland

    Next match womensworldcup: v Russia, 21 August 2010
  • Hungary


    Next match womensworldcup: v Romania, 25 August 2010
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