Louise Quinn, 4, from the Republic of Ireland celebrates with her teammates after scoring her team’s third goal
The not-so-great seven were put to bed as Vera Pauw’s Republic of Ireland side finally ended a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Australia to instill some confidence ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifying test times.
And while 3,814 spectators at Tallaght Stadium watched old hands like Katie McCabe and Louise Quinn secure the winner in a thrilling game, they also saw the beginning of a possibly promising international career for Lucy Quinn with relative newcomer Niamh Farrelly also feels at home on the big stage.
This long streak of bad luck had put patience to the test, but Pauw’s team managed to win a game in which four goals with one Kind of distraction were scored and four of them were wrapped up in a stunning first half.
Lucy Quinn, who recently received her Irish passport, was a notable recruit and made a name for herself in the third minute. She sensed her chances after a free kick, and her shot thwarted Australian goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold, shot off the post and crawled over the line – an own goal by Arnold in which debutant Quinn played a major role.The goalkeeper’s position was in the spotlight again after 15 minutes when the away team equalized. Mary Fowler, daughter of a Dubliner whose brother played for the Republic underage, shot on goal and Ireland’s keeper Courtney Brosnan won’t want to see the replay as the ball crept through her hands and over the line.
Ireland would be in Almost took the lead on 21st minute when Matildas defender Alanna Kennedy headed a cross from Aine O’Gorman over her own crossbar ‘Sullivan took a touch from a defender and defeated Arnold, a fine moment for O’Sullivan to celebrate their 85th international match. Brosnan parried Emily Gielnik while Ireland took two blocks from Savanna McCarthy to prevent the Aussies from scoring again.
But they hit again just before half-time, Fowler’s shot was deflected by McCarthy past Brosnan.Ireland were back in the lead early in the second half when McCabe took one of her signature corner kicks and Louise Quinn was free to go home. Next up for Ireland is a double-headed ball in October at home against Sweden and away against Finland.
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