Hopes hang­ing by a thread

Bray People - - SPORT -

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.

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