ROMA MCLAUGHLIN AND Amber Barrett were part of the Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team that defeated Wales yesterday.
Wales 1-2 Republic of Ireland
The victory rounded off an excellent training camp in Wales with a 2-1 victory over the hosts thanks to a Katie McCabe double.
Manager Sue Ronan made seven changes from the 0-0 draw on Friday and handed Sabdh Doyle, Chloe Moloney, Saoirse Noonan, Alex Kavanagh and Shauna Fox their international debuts. For the Donegal duo, Friday was their senior debuts.
McLaughlin, who is a native of Greencastle, and Milford’s Barrett had both featured from the bench on Friday but were in front the start yesterday. The duo are both on the books of Peamount United FC.[adrotate group=”37″]
Ireland went behind in the first-half thanks to a Nadia Lawrence free-kick but rallied in the second-half to secure an impressive victory.
Meabh De Burca, Stephanie Roche and McCabe were introduced at the break and it was McCabe who scored a late brace in the final ten minutes of the game, with the winner coming in stoppage, to hand the young Irish side the victory.
Ireland are set to play against Portugal in the final Uefa European Championships qualifying game on Tuesday, September 20 at the Tallaght Stadium.
Republic of Ireland: Reid-Burk, Barrett (De Burca 46), Fox, Duggan (C) (Doyle 70), McLaughlin (Noonan 52), Berrill (Kavanagh 83), Russell (McCabe 46), Killeen, Prior (Moloney 82), Beckett, Murray (Roche 46).