WICKLOW TRIO LEAD CHARGE!
O’Gorman, Quinn and Roche star as Ireland come so close
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.