#WEURO2021 Qualifiers: Rare Diane Caldwell goal gives Ireland victory

Diane Caldwell scored only her second goal for epublic of Ireland
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Republic of Ireland resumed their UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 qualifiers with victory over Greece as Diane Caldwell celebrated her 75th cap with the only goal.

Ireland manager Vera Pauw labelled this as a ‘must-win’ game to boost their chances of qualifying for next summer’s UEFA Women’s European Championships and they completed that task, reports fai.ie.

In front of 4,511 spectators, the chances came early on with Ruesha Littlejohn whistling a shot over the crossbar from the distance before Denise O’Sullivan forced the visiting goalkeeper into a save on 10 minutes.

Louise Quinn went close with a header but she made up for it just before the interval when connecting with Katie McCabe’s free-kick and sending the ball into the path of the unmarked Caldwell to slot in.

It was Caldwell’s second senior goal and it proved to be a vital one as Littlejohn again had the home crowd gasping when an excellent effort sailed just wide of the goal.

Ireland will now travel to Montenegro ahead of their clash on 11 March, but this victory – and maintaining their unbeaten run in Group I – keeps them in a good position for qualification.

Republic of Ireland: Hourihan; Scott, Caldwell, Quinn, O’Gorman; O’Sullivan, Fahey; Payne (Russell 63), Littlejohn (Shine 86), McCabe; Jarrett (Barrett 71).

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