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msn.com 25 Nov, 2021 22:45 am

Katie McCabe saves Ireland’s blushes but disappointing draw with Slovakia hits World Cup hopes

Katie McCabe saves Ireland’s blushes but disappointing draw with Slovakia hits World Cup hopes

Katie McCabe’s driven cross just evaded Louise Quinn in an initially bright start; the captain also provoked a booking from Andrea Horváthová but the pattern was not established as the visitors shrugged off their status as outsiders.From the subsequent corner, a trademark double act – Katie McCabe’s corner and Louise Quinn’s head – forced the first save of the night from Maria Korenčiová.But then the Irish keeper almost imploded, dithering in possession, allowing Žemberyová to have an unimpeded shot; but Louise Quinn miraculously made a diving intervention to save her colleague’s blushes.Ireland – Brosnan; Fahey, Louise Quinn, McCarthy; O’Gorman (Littlejohn 70), Finn, O’Sullivan, Connolly, McCabe; Lucy Quinn (Carusa 84), Payne.

Martina Šurnovská bundled home a shock lead goal for the lively visitors two minutes after the break but captain Katie McCabe levelled with a slick left-footer in the 65th minute.Dominika Škorvánková tested Brosnan again in the 38th minute and this seemed to spark the Irish into life, Aine O’Gorman and Lucy Quinn rattling in dangerous crosses as green bodies flooded forward.

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