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Elee Timp

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A star born as Ireland pummel Wales
« on: September 18, 2011, 06:03:44 PM »
Wilton United starlet Denis O'Sullivan fired a debut two-goal salvo as Ireland women PUMMELED Wales in Saturday's Euro '13 qualifier. 

The Cork-born hitkid struck in each half to break Welsh hearts and set the Irish up for Thursday's clash with France.

Shrewd Irish boss Sue Ronan handed a big-team cap to Megan Campbell, another star of last year's U17 World Cup team.

Jubilant Irish fans have already hailed Ronan's youthful charges as "Suro's saplings."

But Arsenal soccer wrinklies Emma Byrne and Ciara Grant also played their part in seeing of the Welsh.

With banned Aine O'Gorman set to return, the only fly in the ointment ahead of Thursday's showdown with France is the poor form of Ireland's strike duo Fiona O'Sullivan and Shannon Smyth.


Sylvain

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Re: A star born as Ireland pummel Wales
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2011, 06:09:14 PM »
Put it is this way, Ireland scored 2 opportunistic goals while having next to nothing during the game itself.
Wales can consider themselves unlucky not to get a point from the game, but you have to take your chances and not give away two cheap goals.
« Last Edit: September 20, 2011, 04:56:19 PM by Sylvain »

Sylvain

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Denise O'Sullivan the heroine on senior debut
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2011, 04:55:25 PM »
The Republic of Ireland women's senior side began their UEFA EURO 2013 campaign with a hard fought 2-0 victory over Wales in Newport on Saturday.

 

Heroine of the FIFA U17 World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago last year, Denise O'Sullivan will grab all of the headlines as she marked her senior debut with two well taken goals but in truth, Ireland's defence and goalkeeper, Emma Byrne will have to take a lot of the credit for keeping a strong Wales outfit scoreless for 90 minutes.

 

Wilton striker O'Sullivan grabbed the opening goal in the 27th minute when she showed great anticipation and patience in the Welsh box as she capitalised on some slack defending to nip in between two defenders, showing great composure to slot it under Welsh 'keeper Nokes for a deserved lead.

 

Wales responded strongly and Jessica Fishlock from Bristol Academy should have equalised in the 35th minute when Gwennan Harries made a darting run down the right wing and her cross was met by Fishlock who headed wide from 6 yards.

 

A minute later, Wales midfielder Helen Bleazard showed a quick turn of pace as she made a clever run down the left, cutting into the centre but her effort went just over Emma Byrne's goal. Irish midfielder, Shannon Smith almost doubled the score just before half-time when a half-clearance found its way to Smith on the right but her powerful effort was brilliantly held by Nokes in the Welsh goal.

 

Ireland weathered a period of sustained pressure from the Welsh attack in the opening moments of the second half with central defenders, Louise Quinn and Yvonne Treacy forming a formidable partnership in defence to keep Wales at bay.

 

Fiona O'Sullivan came close to scoring in the 64th minute when Shannon Smith collected a Niamh Fahey pass on the right wing and her pin-point cross into the box found Fiona O'Sullivan who controlled, swiveled past her marker but Nokes stood firm and palmed the shot out for a corner.

 

Denise O'Sullivan capped her dream debut in the 70th with a finish that was fitting to the occassion. As Julie-Ann Russell and Fiona O'Sullivan combined inside the Welsh box, Nokes was on-hand to clear the ball as far as the Wilton striker who lifted the ball over the defence and the goalkeeper from 25 yards as it nestled into the back of the net.

 

Wales missed a glorious chance to get back into the game in the dying moments when Cardiff City defender, Sophie Ingle swung in a cross from the left-wing into Chelsea's Helen Lander who headed straight at Emma Byrne from 6 yards, much to the relief of the Irish defence.

 

With three points on the board for the opening game of the UEFA EURO 2013 campaign, Ireland must now focus on what will be one of their toughest tests in this campaign when they host FIFA World Cup semi-finalists, France in Turners Cross, Cork on Thursday September 22nd.

 

Wales: Nokes, Dykes, Ingle, Kylie Davies, Ludlow, Daley, Bleazard, Green, Lander, Harries, Fishlock.

Substitutes: Nicola Davies, Wade, Lea, Manley, Nia Jones, Harding, Foster.

 

Republic of Ireland: Emma Byrne, Grace Murray, Diane Caldwell, Niamh Fahey, Yvonne Treacy, Louise Quinn, Ciara Grant, Denise O'Sullivan, Fiona O'Sullivan, Shannon Smyth, Stephenie Roche.

Substitutes: Megan Campbell (on for Grace Murray, 55 mins) , Julie-Ann Russell (on for Roche, 66 mins), Shannon McDonnell, Meabh De Burca, Eva Badana, Marie Curtin (on for Smyth, 78mins), Mary Waldron.

REFEREE: M. Mamaeva (RUS)

http://www.fai.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=102071:victories-for-womens-senior-and-u19-teams&catid=9:senior-women&Itemid=13

Sylvain

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Re: A star born as Ireland pummel Wales
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2011, 05:28:11 PM »
I am a bit surprised no WSL team has actually signed her. If you look at the England girls at U19 level, i have not seen any girl at the same level  in term of technical ability and speed of gesture.

Elee Timp

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Re: A star born as Ireland pummel Wales
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2011, 08:31:54 PM »
Looks like SuRo tried to "park the bus" by naming a team full of defenders. After France deflected their opening goal Ireland then ran out of puff by the sounds of things.

Reminds me of a couple of years ago when Katie Taylor put Ireland ahead in Italy, only for them to wilt and ship four goals in the last ten minutes.

If the girls in green want to compete seriously at this level SuRo will have to improve fitness levels.