Hopes hanging by a thread
THE Republic of Ireland’s WNT’s World Cup hopes hung by a thread going into last night’s do-or-die clash with Norway.
At the time of going to print the result was unavailable but the scenario was simple, Ireland had to conquer Norway in their own back yard to realistically remain in the hunt for a play-off spot.
The sides met at Tallaght Stadium on Friday evening and Colin Bell’s charges fell to a 0-2 defeat at the hands of the former World, European and Olympic champions.
Ireland’s cause wasn’t aided by the departure of Blessington’s Louise Quinn in the first half when the defender broke her nose in a collision.
Quinn trained on Monday evening with the help of a protective mask and bravely made herself available for selection yesterday and played her part against Norway.
As for Aine O’Gorman, she reached an incredible 100 caps for her country in Norway last night and she showed her dedication to the cause and her incredible versatility by togging out at left-back in Tallaght.
At a young 29 years of age, O’Gorman should still have many more years in her legs to add to her outstanding milestone and she is an inspiration to all young girls and boys in the county.
Ireland’s Louise Quinn takes to the pitch against Norway in Tallaght recently.