Republic of Ireland Women's National Team historic win over Scotaland to qualify !!! | Details…
History was made in Hampden Park as the Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team qualified for their first ever major tournament following their 2023 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Play-Off win over Scotland.
Scotland missed out on a place at the Women’s World Cup as the Republic of Ireland crushed their hopes at Hampden to reach the country’s first ever finals.
The Scots were made to pay for Caroline Weir’s missed penalty before the break when substitute Amber Barrett hared through on the break to slot past goalkeeper Lee Gibson.
Ireland’s ruthlessness summed up the match in which they had little possession, but created the better scoring chances as Scotland struggled.
Having qualified for the European Championships in 2017 and World Cup two years later, the defeat means the Scots will miss out on two consecutive major championships – a bitter pill to swallow for head coach Pedro Martinez Losa and his players, who were dejected at the full-time whistle.
But for Ireland it was sheer joy on the Hampden turf as Vera Pauw’s squad marked themselves as trailblazers for their country by qualifying for the finals in Australia and New Zealand next summer.
A single goal from substitute Amber Barrett proved to be the difference in a tight game, which saw Vera Pauw’s team finish off their qualifying campaign in the best possible way.
Pauw had stated before the campaign began that the goal was to reach the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and that is exactly what they achieved.
Scotland had the opportunity to seize control of the game early on when they were awarded a penalty, but goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan produced a fantastic save to deny Caroline Weir.
Ireland pushed back with Megan Campbell’s long throw-inss wreaking havoc – one of which even ended up in the back of the net. A first goal looked likely for Ireland as the first half wore on.
Áine O’Gorman had a great chance to score before Scotland cleared off the line just before the interval. Pauw’s team were building in confidence at the right time.
After the break, Ireland continued to press in search of that goal and it finally arrived seven minutes after Barrett came off the bench when she raced onto a through ball by Denise O’Sullivan to cooly fire in.
The home side tried to draw level but they could not find a way past a stubborn Irish backline. And so Ireland were the victors and were able to celebrate a historic win.
Scotland: Lee Alexander; Lisa Evans (Christy Grimshaw 65), Rachel Corsie, Sophie Howard, Nicola Docherty; Erin Cuthbert, Caroline Weir, Samantha Kerr (Abi Harrison 76); Fiona Brown (Emma Mitchell 65), Martha Thomas, Claire Emslie.
Republic of Ireland: Courtney Brosnan; Niamh Fahey, Louise Quinn, Diane Caldwell; Jamie Finn; Megan Campbell; Áine O’Gorman, Lily Agg, Denise O’Sullivan, Katie McCabe; Heather Payne (Amber Barrett 65).
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland).