WICK­LOW TRIO LEAD CHARGE!

O’Gor­man, Quinn and Roche star as Ire­land come so close

Bray People - - SPORT -

The Repub­lic of Ire­land Women’s Na­tional Team were just sec­onds away from record­ing one of the big­gest re­sults in their his­tory against Euro­pean cham­pi­ons and World No.2 Ger­many on Satur­day at Tal­laght Sta­dium.

En­niskerry’s Aine O’Gor­man, Bless­ing­ton’s Louise Quinn and Shankill’s Stephanie Roche all had their parts to play for the Girls in Green as a freak in­jury time goal from Me­lanie Le­upolz gave the re­lieved Ger­mans their sixth win of the 2015 FIFA World Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion cam­paign. The 2-3 loss saw the Ir­ish be­come the first team in 16 games to score more than once against Sil­via Neid’s team.

Right from the be­gin­ning the Ger­mans were left in no doubt that Ire­land’s re­cent climb up the world rank­ing to 30 th and their run of just two de­feats in 12 games over the past 13 months was no flash in the pan.

In the third minute, cen­tral de­fender Louise Camp­bell headed Ire­land into a dream lead and they held that ad­van­tage un­til 65th minute when the Ger­mans equalised from a Si­mone Laudehr

penalty. Ger­many then took the lead in the 84th minute through Lena Lotzen, even though the Ger­man ap­peared to have fouled Ire­land goal­keeper Emma Byrne who was mak­ing a record 106th ap­pear­ance for her coun­try.

How­ever, the Ir­ish showed tremen­dous char­ac­ter and sub­sti­tute Stephanie Roche scored from close range in the 89th minute to make it 2-2 and leave the Ir­ish on the verge of a fa­mous re­sult.

But, in in­jury time, a cross-cum-shot from Le­upolz looped over Byrne and into the Ir­ish net for an ex­tremely for­tu­itous win­ner.

Ire­land’s next game is on May 7 against Rus­sia at Tal­laght Sta­dium.

Repub­lic of Ire­land: Byrne; De Burca, Quinn, Camp­bell, Perry; Smyth (Grant 59), Gor­man (Cald­well 85); O’Gor­man, D O’Sul­li­van, Rus­sell; F O’Sul­li­van (Roche 81).

Ger­many: An­gerer; Sch­midt, Krahn, Hen­ning, Kemme (Lotzen 46); Laudehr, Goe­bling, Ke­bler (Popp 70), Behringer (Le­upolz 59); Mit­tag, Marozsan.

Ref­eree: Ca­rina Vi­t­u­lano (ITA).

Stephanie Roche, sec­ond from left, Repub­lic of Ire­land, cel­e­brates with her team-mates in­clud­ing Louise Quinn (4) and Aine O’Gor­man (17) af­ter scor­ing her side’s sec­ond goal to level the FIFA Women's World Cup qual­i­fier against Ger­many.

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