Curtis double downs Romania

Published: Saturday 25 August 2007, 11.18CET
Romania 0-2 Republic of Ireland Two Stefanie Curtis goals gave the Republic of Ireland a fine UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying victory.
by Paul-Daniel Zaharia
from Bucharest
 
Published: Saturday 25 August 2007, 11.18CET

Curtis double downs Romania

Romania 0-2 Republic of Ireland Two Stefanie Curtis goals gave the Republic of Ireland a fine UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying victory.
Two goals by Stefanie Curtis took the Republic of Ireland up to second place in UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying Group 2 after a fine away win against Romania in hot conditions on Saturday.

Early strikes
In a morning kick-off at the Mogosoaia Football Centre the Republic appeared to have got out of bed on the right side as Michelle O'Brien, Sonya Hughes and Olivia Christin O'Toole combined to create two superbly-worked team goals on 12 and 14 minutes for Curtis, who finished well from close range on both occasions. Romania improved in the second half but it was the visitors who came closest to scoring again on the hour mark when O'Toole's 16-metre shot came back of a post.

Romania chances
Romania were also unfortunate not to score but Florentina Spanu, Laura Rus and Georgiana Birtoiu all failed to convert when presented with excellent goalscoring chances in the penalty area. As the game wore on, though, so the players began to wilt in the midday heat and Noel King's side held on for their second group win that takes them into second place in the pool, three points behind leaders Sweden.

King's praise
King said: "We always knew this was a key fixture for our campaign but to get a start like that after only 14 minutes is fantastic, the girls here today are a credit to their clubs and country, conditions were incredibly difficult and to perform like they did today was impressive." These teams meet again in Ireland on 27 October.

Last updated: 26/08/07 20.56CET

Related information

Team profiles

Lineup

Romania

Romania

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

1Lenuta Pop (GK)3Sharon Boyle
3Elena Iuliana Pavel1Emma Byrne (GK)
4Corina Olar2Marie Curtin
5Teodora Dragoescu9Stephanie Curtis
Goal12'
Goal14'
6Alexandra Iusan
Substitution46'
4Niamh Fahey
7Raluca Sarghe
Substitution78'
7Ciara Grant (C)
8Rodica Striblea (C)6Sonya Hughes
9Gabriela Stefania Enache
Substitution58'
5Alisha Moran
10Andreea Laiu10Michelle O'Brien
11Florentina Spanu8Aine O'Gorman
14Laura Roxana Rus
Yellow Card50'
11Olivia Christin O'Toole
Substitution67'

Substitutes

18Catalina Gabriela Costas12Lahra Anne Hislop
Substitution67'
2Olivia Oprea
Substitution46'
17Noelle Murray
15Mihaela Loredana Prundaru
Substitution78'
15Meabh De Burca
17Ana Maria Stanciu14Emma Griffin
16Georgiana Alina Birtoiu
Substitution58'
16Sarah Peters (GK)
19Claudia Buza13Yvonne Tracy
12Mirela Ganea (GK)18Grace Murray

Coach

Maria Delicoiu (ROU) Noel King (IRL)

Referee

Rachel Cohen (ISR)

Assistant referees

Tzvia Malca (ISR), Dvir Shimon (ISR)

Fourth official

Elena Musetoiu (ROU)

Legend:

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

See also

  • Romania

    Romania

    Next match womensworldcup: v Ukraine, 21 August 2010
  • Republic of Ireland

    Republic of Ireland

    Next match womensworldcup: v Russia, 21 August 2010
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