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The Ireland Women's Team Have Their Own Rory Delap

By Paul O'Hara
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The Ireland women's team were extremely unlucky not to have beaten Germany on Saturday, after going 2-1 up at Tallaght Stadium thanks to two enormous throw-in assists from Megan Campbell. The goals appear in reverse order in the accompanying video.

Raheny United player Campbell has spent time playing at Florida State, and has honed a booming throw, which comes at the end of a lengthy run up.


The Tallaght pitch was narrowed considerably from its usual dimensions, which may well have been an intentional request by manager Sue Ronan to give Campbell every chance to get the ball into the danger area.

If closing in the pitch was part of the plan, it worked perfectly. A tracer-bullet throw from Campbell was flicked home beautifully by Louise Quinn with barely two minutes on the clock.

With the score at 1-2, Stephanie Roche, best known for scoring less Stoke-like efforts, forced home an 89th minute equaliser before the Germans came back, as Germans always can, to nick a 3-2 victory in front of over 1,600 onlookers.

A victory for Ireland would have been one of the most famous in the history of the women's national team.

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