Republic of Ireland Women 0-0 Iceland Women
The Republic of Ireland extended their unbeaten run with a 0-0 draw in terrible conditions against Iceland in Thursday night's friendly at Tallaght Stadium.
Ireland had the better of the chances against Iceland, who are travelling to the European Championships next month, but couldn’t find the breakthrough.
Both teams had to adjust their touch in the early stages due to the deluge overhead, both pre-game and during the 90 minutes of play.
It was Ireland who adjusted better, as the returning Megan Campbell, after a 15-month absence with a broken foot, provided most of Ireland’s threat from her probing long throws.
On two occasions in the first 10 minutes, Ireland failed to capitalise as both Louise Quinn and Megan Connolly mistimed their leaps.
The best chance of the first 45 minutes came in the 21st minute as Campbell turned from provider to threat. Aine O’Gorman’s corner found Campbell who saw her downward header saved.
Iceland’s first goalscoring chance of the game came after the break and was brilliantly denied by Marie Hourihan.
A Ingibjorg Sigurdardottir corner broke for Katrin Asbjornsdottir at the back post, who flicked the ball towards the top corner, but she was brilliantly denied by Manchester City goalkeeper Hourihan in the 59th minute.
Five minutes later, Ireland should have gone ahead.
Another O’Gorman corner caused havoc in the six-yard area as the Icelandic keeper failed to collect and Diane Caldwell’s low header towards goal was cleared off the line.
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