Ireland emerge victorious over Ukraine in tonight's women's Euro 2021 qualifier
An incredible victory!
The Irish women's soccer team have emerged victorious over Ukraine in tonight's UEFA Euro 2021 qualifier.
Katie McCabe opened the scoring this evening within the first half hour in Dublin's Tallaght Stadium, with Rianna Jarrett landing another goal for Ireland soon after.
However, the comfortable 2-0 lead was short-lived and it wasn't long before the Ukrainian visitors fought back, eventually achieving an equaliser before the match's second half got underway.
Ireland took the lead again towards the end of the second half as Ukraine suffered an own goal not long before the final whistle.
The final score was 3-2 to Ireland, making tonight the team's second win in a row following on from their 2-0 success in last month's Montenegro game.
#IRLWNT 🇮🇪 Captain fantastic @Katie_McCabe11 opening the scoring in style 🙌 ⚽️#COYGIG #WEURO2021 pic.twitter.com/Jx0cptCi6s
— Ireland Football ⚽️🇮🇪 (@IrelandFootball) October 8, 2019
This comes after the Irish team vowed to make history at tonight's game by making it the most attended women's football match ever in the country.
And if the look of this evening's sold-out Tallaght Stadium is anything to go by, they may have done just that.
A record breaking 5,328 people attended tonight's match, making the Ireland v Ukraine Euro 2021 qualifier the highest attended women's football match in Ireland.
Record-breaking crowds at
tonight’s #WEURO2021 game at @tallaghtstadium- an incredible 5,328 in attendance for the Girls in Green 🇮🇪 #COYGIG #CantSeeCantBe @FAIreland pic.twitter.com/3sLEmO87Jj
— Her.ie (@Herdotie) October 8, 2019
This year has already seen record attendances at the women's Six Nations competition and the LGFA All-Ireland finals at Croke Park, that saw an incredibly impressive crowd of 56,114.
“It’s always important to have the support behind you when you play for your country," said defender Louise Quinn at the time.
"That’s what Irish people are so good at. It doesn’t matter what sport it is, when you play for your country, it’s a proud moment, and to have as much support with you in Tallaght Stadium makes wearing that green jersey all the better."
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