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Scotland 2-1 Ireland

Updated: Friday, 06 Apr 2012 19:39

Denise O'Sullivan's goal put Ireland into the lead
Denise O'Sullivan's goal put Ireland into the lead

Ireland lost their vital Euro 2013 Women’s European Championship qualifier against Scotland, conceding two goals in the final 10 minutes at Tynecastle.

Ireland led through an early Denise O’Sullivan headed goal scored off Megan Campbell’s long-range free-kick.

But Scotland applied pressure for most of the rest of the match, and scored late goals through Rhonda Jones and Christie Murray to claim all three points.

Ireland lost their vital Euro 2013 Women’s European Championship qualifier against Scotland, conceding two goals in the final 10 minutes at Tynecastle.

Ireland led through an early Denise O’Sullivan headed goal scored off Megan Campbell’s long-range free-kick.

But Scotland applied pressure for most of the rest of the match, and scored late goals through Rhonda Jones and Christie Murray to claim all three points.

After Ireland's opener, Campbell, Sophie Perry and caps centurion Ciara Grant were among those who blocked shots taken inside the area.

Scotland won a penalty just after the hour mark but Kim Little was unable to convert, having her shot saved by Arsenal team-mate Emma Byrne in the Irish goal.

But Scotland equalised four minutes from time, Rhonda Jones heading home a cross that Byrne couldn’t reach high in the top corner.

And minutes later, Christie Murray’s long-range shot after Ireland were slack with possession in their own half gave the home side a vital win.

There was still time for controversy when Ireland sub Ruesha Littlejohn had a penalty claim denied by the referee.

Ireland play a friendly against Switzerland in a month and the qualifying campaign gets underway again on 16 June with a match against Wales, who are also involved in the battle for second place behind France and a Euro 2013 play-off place.

The return leg against the Scots will take place five days later.