Republic of Ireland 1-0 Slovakia
The Republic of Ireland women's manager Colin Bell praised his Republic of Ireland women's team after they finished a difficult week with a 1-0 friendly defeat of Slovakia at Tallaght Stadium.
Build-up to the game was overshadowed by a dispute between the team and the FAI over a lack of resources and support for the team, but the hosts put that behind them in front of over 1,000 supporters.
"I don't think it affected preparation," Bell told RTÉ Sport when reflecting on the fallout.
"We'd a good week in training; the girls have done very, very well.
"They've been in the media, there's a lot been going on behind the scenes, but they handled it very well. I was impressed with them. I love the passion, I love the energy we have but you have to be nice and cool on the pitch if you want to do something."
The contest started slowly and it wasn’t until the 39th minute that Ireland created the first opportunity of the game.
Megan Connolly found space to thread a neat through-ball to Houston Dash star Denise O’Sullivan who ran on goal to have her first effort saved and her follow-up parried behind brilliantly by keeper Lucia El Dahabiova.
After a tepid first half, Stephanie Roche scored the game's only goal from a penalty kick just two minutes into the second period.
O'Sullivan was brought to ground in the penalty area by Stanislava Likova and Roche was decisive from the spot, blasting the ball home.
Slovakia failed to threaten throughout the match and were unfortunate not to fall further behind when the brilliant Katie McCabe picked up the ball on the half-way line to dart past two defenders, turn inside but her shot was well saved by the in-form El Dahabiova.
Nine minutes from the end, El Dahabiova was beaten but defender Alexandra Biroova came to her rescue when O’Sullivan hooked the ball into the area for the on-rushing Roche to flick the ball past the keeper but the defender slid in to clear.
Ireland 1-0 Slovakia - The Ireland women's team returned to action with a friendly international win over Slovakia in Tallaght. pic.twitter.com/Uz2k9BeT8q— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) April 10, 2017