Ireland keep up challenge

Published: Saturday 27 October 2007, 10.23CET
Republic of Ireland 2-1 Romania Michele O'Brien and Stefanie Curtis scored in the first 31 minutes to secure Ireland's third win in four qualifiers.
 
Published: Saturday 27 October 2007, 10.23CET

Ireland keep up challenge

Republic of Ireland 2-1 Romania Michele O'Brien and Stefanie Curtis scored in the first 31 minutes to secure Ireland's third win in four qualifiers.

The Republic of Ireland defeated Romania in Dublin to move level on points with UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying Group 2 leaders Sweden.

Early goals
Ireland had six points from three games at kick-off and began brightly against the team they overcame 2-0 away from home in August. On 18 minutes Aine O’Gorman fed Michele O'Brien, who fired in from 20 metres out. Just beyond the half-hour, Stefanie Curtis – scorer of both the goals in the previous meeting – produced an excellent finish after good work from O'Brien.

Grant injury
Home captain Ciara Grant suffered a leg injury and was replaced on 32 minutes, a possible worry for Arsenal LFC in light of next month's UEFA Women's Cup quarter-final against Olympique Lyonnais, and before the break Daniela Simona pulled one back on the rebound after Elena Pavel's deep free-kick was pushed onto the crossbar by goalkeeper Emma Byrne.

Win secure
Despite that blow, Ireland controlled the second half and Marie Curtin nearly made it 3-1 on the hour with a 25-metre shot that hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced away. Ireland, who next visit Italy on 16 February, are behind Sweden on goal difference and three points ahead of the Azzurre, but have played a match more than both. Romania, on one point, use up Italy's game in hand on Wednesday.

Last updated: 27/10/07 19.34CET

Related information

Team profiles

Lineup

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

Romania

Romania

3Sharon Boyle5Teodora Dragoescu
1Emma Byrne (GK)6Alexandra Iusan
2Marie Curtin10Andreea Laiu
9Stephanie Curtis
Goal31'
2Olivia Oprea
4Niamh Fahey12Roxana Oprea (GK)
7Ciara Grant
Substitution31'
3Elena Iuliana Pavel
6Sonya Hughes14Mihaela Loredana Prundaru
Substitution54'
5Alisha Moran7Daniela Simona Pufulete
Goal40'
Substitution65'
10Michelle O'Brien
Goal18'
11Florentina Spanu
8Aine O'Gorman8Rodica Striblea (C)
11Olivia Christin O'Toole
Yellow Card90'
4Andreea Alexandru
Substitution77'

Substitutes

12Lahra Anne Hislop
Substitution31'
17Andreea Mihaela Cojocaru
Substitution54'
17Noelle Murray16Catalina Gabriela Costas
Substitution77'
15Meabh De Burca1Mirela Ganea (GK)
14Emma Griffin18Ionela Ilinca
Substitution65'
16Sarah Peters (GK)13Alina Petrica Cimpoies
13Yvonne Tracy15Claudia Buza
18Grace Murray

Coach

Noel King (IRL) Maria Delicoiu (ROU)

Referee

Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN)

Assistant referees

Tiina Hyttinen (FIN), Anu Jokela (FIN)

Fourth official

Rhona Daly (IRL)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • Republic of Ireland

    Republic of Ireland

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

    Romania

    Next match womensworldcup: v Ukraine, 21 August 2010
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