Republic of Ireland 2-1 Poland

Goals from Louise Quinn and Lucy Quinn helped the Republic of Ireland to a 2-1 win against Poland in their opening game of the Pinatar Cup on Wednesday afternoon.

The victory means Ireland are through to the semi-finals of the eight-team tournament in Murcia also includes Belgium, Hungary, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia and Wales.

Ireland will next be in action on Saturday when they face Russia - who beat Hungary on penalties - as they continue to use this tournament for preparation for the World Cup qualifier against Sweden in April.

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"Every game is extremely important for our development, for our confidence," Louise Quinn said afterwards.

"We're taking advantage of every bit of it. It's a competition we can go and win as well. We just went into it with no fear, trying a few different things. If mistakes happen, they happen. I can't wait [for Saturday]."

Vera Pauw's team went in scoreless at half-time and fell behind soon after the restart when Paulina Dudek converted a penalty, awarded for a handball against Niamh Fahey.

Ireland showed their fighting spirit with Lucy Quinn firing in a superb left-footed effort to draw level on 52 minutes before namesake Louise powered in a header on 75 minutes to give them a lead that they would not surrender.

In what was a physical battle, Ireland went toe to toe with a team ahead of them in the world rankings.

Fahey, making her 100th appearance, was immense as part of a back three alongside Louise Quinn and Savannah McCarthy.

Ireland's Kyra Carusa in action against Paulina Dudek of Poland

Denise O'Sullivan had the first chance of the game when she broke in behind the Polish lines inside the opening 15 minutes, but her shot was directly at goalkeeper Karolina Kalbs.

Poland were awarded a penalty five minutes into the second half and Dudek made no mistake from the spot.

Ireland never panicked and continued to play in a positive way and it was Birmingham City ace Lucy Quinn - who was named player of the match - who got them back level when instinctively letting rip with her left foot from distance.

Lucy Quinn celebrates her goal against Poland

The Poles had a couple of half chances, while O'Sullivan forced Kalbs into another save before Louise Quinn got her 13th senior goal with a header inside the penalty area after connecting with Katie McCabe's cross.

Republic of Ireland: Courtney Brosnan; Niamh Fahey, Louise Quinn, Savannah McCarthy; Heather Payne (Jess Ziu 53), Ruesha Littlejohn, Megan Connolly, Katie McCabe; Lucy Quinn, Denise O'Sullivan; Kyra Carusa (Amber Barrett 82).

Poland: Karolina Kalbs; Martyną Wiankowska, Gabriela Grzywinska, Paulina Dudek, Małgorzata Mesjasz; Weronika Zawistowska, Ewelina Kamczyk, Dominika Grabowska, Zofia Buisewiska, Nikola Karczewska; Adriana Achinska.Referee: Valentová Zuzana (Slovakia).

Referee: Valentova Zuzana (Slovakia).

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