Date Time League Season
25 November 2021 7:00 pm Women's World Cup Qualification 2021

Match Report

McCabe grabs draw for Ireland

The Republic of Ireland Women's team came from behind to draw 1-1 with Slovakia at Tallaght Stadium tonight.

Katie McCabe’s equaliser midway through the second half was enough to secure a share of the points for Vera Pauw’s side

It was a slow start from both sides early on during a relatively quiet first period but it was Ireland who had the better of the chances.

 Wing backs Áine O’Gorman and Katie McCabe looked dangerous from the start and it was O’ Gorman’s cross which produced Ireland’s first real chance on the half hour mark. Her ball found the head of Lucy Quinn but her header was saved by Korenklova.

Slovakia’s best chance fell to captain Dominika Skorvankova who found space inside the Irish box. Thankfully for the Girls in Green, Brosnan saved well to keep the scores level.

The hosts came close again when Katie McCabe’s corner found Louise Quinn at the back post but her header was saved by Korenklova.

The sides went in scoreless at the break.

Slovakia got off to a perfect start in the second half when Metavkova broke down the right wing before crossing the ball into Surnovska at the back post who finished from close range to give the  visitors the advantage.

Ireland almost equalised when Megan Connolly’s first time strike looked destined for the bottom corner but Korenklova saved magnificently to deny the Irish midfielder.

Ireland did find an equaliser with just over 25 minutes remaining. Denise O’Sullivan played the ball into the path of Katie McCabe who fired home first time into the bottom corner sending the Irish faithful crazy.

Slovakia grew back into the game and Boroova almost put Peter Kopun’s side back in front with an effort at the back post which was saved well by Brosnan.

Brosnan almost went from here to villain moments later when Surnovska nicked the ball off the Irish keeper inside her own area, but thankfully for Brosnan and Ireland, Louise Quinn made a fantastic block off the line to keep the scores level.

The game ended 1-1 with Ireland now sitting in fourth place ahead of their upcoming game against bottom seed, Georgia.

  • Full time at Tallaght Stadium with the scores ending at 1-1.

  • 90'

    Five minutes of additional time.

  • 85'

    Ireland coming close with the hosts putting the ball into the danger area at every chance but the ball just won't fall into the path of an Irish player.

  • 75'

    Louise Quinn has rescued Ireland after Brosnan got caught in position inside her box. Quinn with a vital block off the line.

  • 73'

    Brosnan with a great save to deny Biroova.

  • 65'

    Ireland equalise through a fantastic goal from skipper Katie McCabe. Denise O'Sullivan slipped McCabe through and the Arsenal woman make no mistake and slots the ball into the bottom corner.

  • 58'

    Megan Connolly with a magnificent strike from outside the area but the keeper saves well.

  • 56'

    Slovakia by far the better side so far in the second period with that early goal seeming to knock the confiedence out of the Irish team.

  • 47'

    Goal for Slovakia.Metavkova's cross finds Surnovska at the back post for a tap in. Poor start to the half for Ireland.

  • 46'

    And we're back underway at Tallaght Stadium, both sides are unchanged.

  • 45'

    Both sides are back out on the pitch ahead of the second half.

  • 45'

    Half Time here at Tallaght Stadium with the scores going in level at 0-0. Ireland with the better chances during the first half but failed to make the breakthrough.

  • 41'

    Payne cuts in from the right after a great ball from Denise O'Sullivan but Payne's effort flies high and wide of the target.

  • 38'

    McCabe's corner finds Louise Quinn at the back post but her header is saved and out for another corner. The follow up corner is cleared.

  • 36'

    Brosnan with a good stop to deny Skorvankova after the Slovakia skipper found space inside the area.

  • 31'

    Aine O'Gorman's cross finds Lucy Quinn's head but the striker struggled to get enough power on her effort and it was saved comfortably by the Slovakia keeper.

  • 28'

    Neither side yet to have a clear cut chance so far but both teams are playing some nice football.

  • 19'

    Heather Payne nearly latches onto a ball over the top of the Slovakia defence but the visitors clear in the end after some miscommuncation in the back.

  • 10'

    McCabe with a great run down the left and is causing havoc for Slovakia early on. Her cross was just out off reach as Payne was rushing into the area.

  • 8'

    Horvathova is the first player booked after pulling McCabe's shirt to stop the counter attack.

  • 6'

    Ireland are enjoying the majority of possession here early on. Aine O'Gorman looking lively already at right wing back for the hosts.

  • 1'

    And we're underway here at Tallaght Stadium.

  • Both teams are out on the pitch with just moments to go until kick off.

  • We're expecting a record crowd at Tallaght Stadium here this evening.

  • Ireland seem to be lining up with a back five with Katie McCabe and Aine O'Gorman operating as wing backs.

  • Ireland Team: Brosnan, O'Gorman, Fahey, Quinn, McCarthy, McCabe, Connolly, O'Sullivan, Finn, Lu Quinn, Payne.

  • Hello and welcome to for tonight's Women's World Cup Qualifier between the Republic of Ireland and Slovakia. Team news to follow shortly.


1Courtney Brosnan Goalkeeper
4Louise Quinn Defender
14Heather Payne Forward
5Niamh Fahey Defender
10Denise O’Sullivan Midfielder
11Katie McCabe Midfielder 65'
6Megan Connolly Midfielder
2Savannah McCarthy Midfielder
15Lucy Quinn 12 Forward
17Jamie Finn Midfielder
13Aine O’Gorman 8 Forward
18Niamh Farrelly Defender
3Isibeal Atkinson Forward
16Grace Moloney Goalkeeper
7Diane Caldwell Defender
9Amber Barrett Forward
22Roma McLaughlin Midfielder
14Claire Walsh Defender
8Ruesha Littlejohn 13 Midfielder
12Kyra Carusa 15 Forward


Tallaght Stadium
Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Dublin 24, D24 XC9W

Luke is a final year Journalism student in DCU. He is a Sports Reporter for Wicklow People Sport and