Iceland 2-0 Republic of Ireland
Two second-half goals from Iceland inflicted a seventh straight defeat on the Republic of Ireland in their final friendly before the World Cup qualification campaign.
Vera Pauw's side have produced a solid first-half display in Reykjavik, only to concede nine minutes into the second period through Berglind Björg Porvaldsdóttir’s close-range effort.
Sustained pressure from the side situated 17 places above Ireland in the FIFA rankings led to a deserved second from Karólína Lea Vilhjálmsdóttir with seven minutes remaining.
Pauw made four changes to the side beaten 3-2 in Friday's first friendly between the sides, handing Éabha O’Mahony her first international start.
The Cork City player’s deployment at left wing-back allowed Pauw to push captain Katie McCabe further infield, with Amber Barrett tasked with the sole attacking role.
The FC Koln striker was poised to profit from a McCabe pass on 14 minutes but for Ingibjörg Sigurðardóttir nipping in with a last-ditch tackle. She also scuffed a close-range effort on the half hour, just before Claire O’Riordan was unable to generate sufficient power from a corner to trouble Iceland’s goalkeeper Cecilía Rán Rúnarsdóttir. The teenage stopper was required to dive full-stretch to deny Megan Connolly’s 35-yard half-volley.
Ireland didn’t have it all their own way in the opening half as Porvaldsdóttir raced clear of Louise Quinn but fired straight at Courtney Brosnan.
The striker, however, didn’t spurn his next opportunity which arrived shortly after the restart.
Ireland switched off from a throw-in on the right, allowing Andrea Rán Hauksdóttir the time to cross for the forward to poke past the advancing Brosnan.
She gave Ireland a let-off on 78 minutes by scuffing another effort inside the box but three minutes later Bayern Munich star Vilhjálmsdóttir had more joy with a shot from the edge of the box through the legs of Quinn and into Brosnan’s far corner.
Ireland must finish above higher seeds Sweden or Finland to have a chance of breaking their major tournament drought and reach the 2023 World Cup.
They start their campaign away to minnows Georgia on 17 September before facing the top two seeded sides in October.
Iceland: CR Rúnarsdóttir; HR Halldórsdóttir; G Perla Viggósdóttir, I Sigurðardóttir (G Arnardottir 46), HG Gísladóttir; A Jóhannsdóttir (AR Hauksdóttir 46), G Yrsa Jónsdóttir (EM Jensen 80), D Brynjarsdóttir (BR Ágústsdóttir 72); SJ Jónsdóttir (AM Albertsdóttir 72), BB Porvaldsdóttir (K Tómsdóttir 80), K L Vilhjálmsdóttir.
Republic Of Ireland: C Brosnan; J Finn, C O’Riordan, D Caldwell, L Quinn, É O’Mahony (R McLaughlin 80); H Payne, M Connolly, D O’Sullivan, K McCabe; A Barrett (J Ziu 62).
Referee: Kirsty Dowle (ENG).