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Match report: Republic of Ireland finish fourth in Cyprus Cup after Korean defeat

March 8, 2017 in Cyprus Cup, Match report, News

Match report: Republic of Ireland finish fourth in Cyprus Cup after Korean defeat

Match report: Republic of Ireland finish fourth in Cyprus Cup after Korean defeat.

Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team claimed fourth place in the Cyprus Cup after a 2-0 defeat to Korea DPR.

Colin Bell’s side fought valiantly against the highest-ranked team in the competition but conceded late goals from Wi Jong Sim and Kim Ryu Song.

The result sees the Women’s National Team finish fourth in the Cyprus Cup tournament, their highest-ever finish in Colin Bell’s first four games as Head Coach.

Ireland were defensive throughout much of the contest as the dangerous Kim Phyong Hwa was denied by the post in the 9th minute and she was denied again by Emma Byrne with a fantastic diving save two minutes after the break. Read the rest of this entry →

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Match report: McCabe strike ensures unbeaten Republic of Ireland top Group C at Cyprus Cup

March 6, 2017 in Cyprus Cup, Match report, News

Republic of Ireland

Match report: McCabe strike ensures unbeaten Republic of Ireland top Group C at Cyprus Cup

Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team have topped Group C at the Cyprus Cup after an impressive 1-0 win over Wales.

Colin Bell’s side will now have to wait to find out which team is the best runner-up from Group A and Group B for their final game on Wednesday, March 8th.

It was another solid performance from Ireland who have now kept three clean sheets at the Cyprus Cup and never looked like conceding in a structured and determined performance. Read the rest of this entry →

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Match report: Canada Soccer defeats Russia 2-1 in second Algarve Cup 2017 group stage match

March 3, 2017 in Algarve Cup, Match report, News

Match report: Canada Soccer defeats Russia 2-1 in second Algarve Cup 2017 group stage match

Match report: Canada Soccer defeats Russia 2-1 in second Algarve Cup 2017 group stage match

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team won its second Algarve Cup group stage match 2-1 against Russia at the São João da Venda, Algarve.

Canada took an early lead when Sophie Schmidt put away a loose ball in front of the net in the tenth minute. Canada went up by two in the 26th minute, when Christine Sinclair intercepted a Russian pass, rotated to the centre and slid the ball deep into the back corner. Russia scored on a set play from just outside Canada’s box in the 58th minute.

“It was a good, solid performance from the girls today,” said Head Coach John Herdman. “They had a really dominant first half, but the challenge is to put those teams away in the first half, when you have that sort of possession and that sort of dominance.” Read the rest of this entry →

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Match report: Republic of Ireland continued their unbeaten run in the Cyprus Cup with a 0-0 draw against Hungary

March 3, 2017 in Cyprus Cup, Match report, News

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Match report: Republic of Ireland continued their unbeaten run in the Cyprus Cup with a 0-0 draw against Hungary

The result means that Ireland will now face Wales in the final Group C game to decide the winner after the Welsh drew with Czech Republic.

Ireland were gifted the best chance of the game with just one minute on the clock as Megan Connolly closed the opposition goalkeeper down but after winning the ball, her shot was blocked.

Ireland continued to create chances as the impressive Harriet Scott, in just her second appearance for the national side, burst down the left to find Aine O’Gorman with a low cross, but the UCD Waves striker saw her shot well saved. Read the rest of this entry →

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Match report: Canada defeats Denmark 1-0 in its first match of the 2017 Algarve Cup

March 1, 2017 in Algarve Cup, Match report, News

Match report: Canada defeats Denmark 1-0 in its first match of the 2017 Algarve Cup

Match report: Canada defeats Denmark 1-0 in its first match of the 2017 Algarve Cup

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team defeated Denmark 1-0 in at the Estádio Municipal de Lagos in Lagos, Portugal in its first match of the 2017 Algarve Cup.

After dominating most of the match, Canada’s Captain Christine Sinclair scored in the 90th minute to secure the win. Read the rest of this entry →

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Match report: Republic of Ireland claim first victory for Colin Bell as Head Coach

March 1, 2017 in Cyprus Cup, Match report, News

Match report: Republic of Ireland claim first victory for Colin Bell as Head Coach

Czech Republic 0-2 Republic of Ireland

Match report: Republic of Ireland claim first victory for Colin Bell as Head Coach

Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team ensured new Head Coach Colin Bell got off to a winning start with a fine performance against the Czech Republic.

In their first game of the Cyprus Cup tournament, goals from experienced duo Stephanie Roche and Aine O’Gorman ensured a 2-0 victory for the Women’s National Team.

Bell included Reading WFC defender Harriet Scott in the starting line-up to make her international debut as Ireland got off to a strong start. Read the rest of this entry →

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Match report: USWNT cruises to 8-1 win against Romania in front of 16,425 fans

November 11, 2016 in International Fixtures, Match report, News

Christen Press

Press Scores First Half Hat Trick, Morgan Scores Twice Off the Bench;

Match report: USWNT cruises to 8-1 win against Romania in front of 16,425 fans

The U.S. Women’s National Team put on a show in its penultimate game of 2016, defeating Romania 8-1 in front of 16,425 fans at Avaya Stadium. It was the first meeting between the countries in women’s soccer.

The U.S. put on a dominant display from start to finish that was highlighted by forward Christen Press scoring her fourth career hat trick. Alex Morgan replaced Press at halftime and scored two goals while also seeing her well-struck penalty kick spectacularly saved by Roxana Oprea in the 64th minute.

Twenty-eight-year-old forward Jessica McDonald earned her first career cap, while Morgan Brian scored her first goal of 2016 on a diving header. Tobin Heath scored the USA’s second goal and forced a Romania own goal in the final minute of regulation time. Read the rest of this entry →

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Match report: Lloyd leads USWNT to 5-1 win over Switzerland in front of 23,400 fans

October 24, 2016 in International Fixtures, Match report, News

Carli Lloyd

Match report: Lloyd leads USWNT to 5-1 win over Switzerland in front of 23,400 fans

Lloyd Scores Twice Including Game-Winner While Ohai Scores Fastest Goal for a WNT Debutant;

USA to Finish 2016 with Pair of Friendlies vs. Romania in California on Nov. 10 & 13

Reigning FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd led the U.S. Women’s National Team to a 5-1 win against Switzerland on an another record-setting day in front of a crowd of 23,400 fans at U.S. Bank Stadium, the largest to watch the U.S. Women in the state of Minnesota.

The U.S. dominated the run of play throughout the match, but did fall behind early to Sandrine Mauron’s 7th-minute counter-attack strike. Lloyd evened the match in the 25th minute with a rocket from 27 yards out that was a sign of things to come in the second half when she bagged the game-winner only six minutes after the break. It was her 96th goal of her career putting her just four shy of becoming the sixth U.S. player to score 100 times.

Christen Press scored in her second consecutive game and Crystal Dunn notched the 17th goal of her international career just 10 minutes apart, putting the match of out of reach for Switzerland. Read the rest of this entry →

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Match report: USA defeat Switzerland 4-0 in front of 14,336 at Rio Tinto Stadium

October 20, 2016 in International Fixtures, Match report, News

Christen Press

USA defeat Switzerland 4-0 in front of 14,336 at Rio Tinto Stadium

USWNT Faces Switzerland Again on Oct. 23 in Minneapolis on FS1

The U.S. Women’s National Team put on a second-half show highlighted by debutante Lynn Williams game-winning goal just 49 seconds into her first international appearance to defeat Switzerland 4-0 in front of a boisterous crowd of 14,336 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

U.S. head coach Jill Ellis brought a slew of new faces into camp for these two games against Switzerland and handed international debuts to five players in the match including starts to U.S. Youth National Team veteran Andi Sullivan and Chicago Red Stars defender Casey Short. In addition to Williams, second half subs who earned their first cap included BYU senior Ashley Hatch and defender Abby Dahlkemper.

On the score sheet, the USA’s veterans showed their mettle as Tobin Heath, Christen Press and Samantha Mewis all found the back of the net while Kelley O’Hara and Crystal Dunn added assists. Read the rest of this entry →

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Match report: Manchester City continued the domination of all their opponents so far this year

March 30, 2016 in FAWSL, Match report, News

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Match report: Manchester City continued the domination of all their opponents so far this year.

Manchester City continued the domination of all their opponents so far this year with a 2-0 win over Arsenal on Monday.

Arsenal, who is forecast by many pundits to be serious WSL title challengers this season, looked totally at a loss as to how to deal with City’s attacking style as the Blues took control all over the pitch. Read the rest of this entry →