Republic of Ireland beat Montenegro in Euro 2021 qualifier.
Katie McCabe picked up the player of the match as Republic of Ireland won 3-0 away in Montenegro on Wednesday afternoon.
Vera Pauw’s side have now picked up maximum points from their two Euro 2021 qualifiers over this international break following a 1-0 victory over Greece last Thursday.
However it was Montenegro who started the better when Diane Caldwell who was the hero against Greece gave the ball away to Jelena Karflcic but she scuffed her shot straight at Courtney Brosnan who was making her Ireland International debut.
Ireland started the game poorly and they were dealt another scare when Armisa Kuc got in around the defence but she dragged her shot wide of the right hand post.
It was the Republic of Ireland who took the lead with a carbon copy of last Thursday’s goal against Greece when McCabe’s free-kick picked out Louise Quinn who headed the ball across goal for Caldwell who thumped her header into the net.
Montenegro responded well and Kuc had a golden opportunity for the home side when she was played in but fired her effort into the arms of Brosnan from close-range.
On the stroke of the break Clare Shine who plays her club football at Glasgow City get through on goal but her effort was drilled into the side-netting.
The second half started as the first had ended as Shine got on the end of a McCabe cross but she couldn’t connect with the loose ball.
On 50 minutes it was Pauw’s side were close to doubling their advantage when Rianna Jarrett of Brighton & Hove Albion saw her effort cleared off the line following a Shine pass.
Montenegro were then reduced to ten on 65 minutes when Darija Đukić was shown red for a second bookable offence.
Quinn then had a fantastic chance to kill the game as a contest on 72 minutes when McCabe crossed for the centre-back but she slid her effort over the crossbar.
However it was 2-0 on 85 minutes when McCabe hit a stunning free-kick low into the corner of the net from range to settle the nerves in the Irish camp.
The scoring would then be complete as Denise O’Sullivan converted a lay-off by Jarrett flicking the ball into the roof of the net via a deflection.
Republic of Ireland
Brosnan; Caldwell, Quinn, Scott; O’Gorman, Fahey, O’Sullivan; Littlejohn, McCabe; Jarrett, Shine.
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