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Ireland women hit Spain for six

Updated: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 21:16 | Comments

Naomi Carroll bagged two goals for Ireland
Naomi Carroll bagged two goals for Ireland

Ireland women secured an impressive 6-0 win over France tonight at UCD in the Electric Ireland Tri Nations tournament.

All six of Ireland's goals came from open play but a well-organised French defence on the set piece kept over ten Irish short corner efforts out to keep the scoreline somewhat at bay. 

Two goals came from Naomi Carroll, while Chloe Brown, Katie Mullan, Nikki Evans and Anna O’Flanagan contributed a goal each.

Ireland opened the scoring within 60 seconds of the start Chloe Brown capitalising on a break through. 

Ireland's second goal came as Captain Megan Frazer threaded through midfield to Naomi Carroll whose effort took a French deflection before hitting the net.

Goal number three came from Katie Mullan who pounced after the initial French save from close range. 

Ireland had numerous chances to extend their lead before half time but the French knuckled down and kept the Green Army’s efforts out.

Nikki Evans opened the second half scoring after impressive play from Captain Megan Frazer who passed to Nicci Daly who weaved around the left to lay off to Nikki Evans, who drew it back to the penalty spot and slapped home for a great goal making it Ireland 4 France 0.

Naomi Carroll secured the fifth score, shooting home a bouncing ball on her first touch before Anna O'Flanagan got on the score sheet to make it six for Ireland from close range. 

Ireland are back in action tomorrow against the higher ranked Spain tomorrow at 7pm.

Ireland starting XI: Cliodhna Sargent; Chloe Brown; Megan Frazer (Capt); Audrey O'Flynn; Ayeisha McFerran GK; Chloe Watkins; Nicci Daly; Anna O'Flanagan; Deirdre Duke; Kate Dillon; Alison Meeke

Reserves: Stella Davis (GK); Nikki Evans; Naomi Carroll; Katie Mullan; Gillian Pinder; Yvonne O'Byrne; Emily Beatty.

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